Small Tips For Big Success

" Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." Helen Keller

  • Choose your battles
  • Count to 10
  • Keep a big bag of "tricks"
  • Set "getable" goals
  • Set up a rewards chart
  • Say what you mean
  • Have time out spots for each setting
  • Avoid giving ultimatiums
  • Teach the child to succeed
  • Use positive reinforcement
  • Display pictures of child
  • Keep life calm
  • Limit television and video games
  • Allow both of you respite time
  • Consider summer camps
  • Use community services 
  • Visit libraries often
  • Be realistic about your expectations
  • Expect the child to pick up personal items
  • Include child when doing chore charts
  • Let others help you, even if they are not experts
  • Teach self care skills diligently
  • Journal, not verbalize, your frustrations
  • Take a day off, no "programming" or therapies
  • Decide not to worry about things
  • Be proactive in finding services
  • Enroll in at least one support group
  • Be a frequent reader of current applicable websites
  • Have an older student be a study buddy 
  • Focus on today, not tomorrow
  • Prepare for meetings, write out concerns
  • Always state a positive before a negative
  • Acquire a reference library (virtual or paper)
  • Keep a service resource guide handy
  • Treat the child as all others are treated
  • Teach the child to help others
  • Help the child foster friendships
  • Dress the child in fashionable clothes
  • Raise community awareness
  • Raise awareness with friends and family
  • Choose not to feel guilty
  • Choose not to blame others
  • Don't allow the situation to control responses
  • Attend workshops and acquire knowledge

For IPP: MaryEllen Smith Tavares