Creating Special Times for Everyone

Create an inclusive atmosphere.

  1. Introduce the Provider Guide. Walk through the guide, giving an overview of its components:
  • Tips for creating autism-friendly spaces and events.
  • Ideas for planning activities that help celebrate each child’s uniqueness and showcase each child’s strengths.
  • A tip sheet with suggestions for explaining autism to young children.
  • Templates for invitations, name tags, drawing activities, and a certificate of participation.
  1. Break into groups. Invite providers to discuss challenges they have faced with the children they care for, and how they met them—or didn’t meet them. Share ideas for possible solutions.
  1. If there is time, brainstorm additional activities, community-event ideas, and other ways to create an inviting and welcoming atmosphere for families with and without autistic children. Discuss ways to encourage volunteers and wider community participation.