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Daily Stress and Journal Writing

Stress Journal  Developed by Northwest Territories: Education and Culture
A stress journal can help you identify regular stressors in your life and the way you deal with them. Each time you feel stress, keep track of it in your journal. As you keep a daily log, you will begin to see patterns and common themes.  Think of something that is stressing you out now. Here is an example. What is the issue?  Money is tight. By the end of the month I don’t have enough money for groceries and I can’t send my kids to school with lunch. Often I keep them out and we go to the Women’s Centre for lunch. That means I can’t go to school either.
How do you feel both physically and emotionally? It makes me feel sick to my stomach that I can’t feed my children properly. I get very anxious and depressed. I also get worried that I will be kicked out of school.
How do you act in response to this stress? I often get angry that I can’t support my family better. I sometimes yell at my kids or partner.
What can…


I have played this video a thousand times in my seminars and I love it.  It may be an older video but it gives people an insight into what a young person with ASD goes through everyday!

Supports for Children with Challenges in the Classroom and at Home

The following information comes from The TEXAS AUTISM RESOURCE GUIDE FOR EFFECTIVE TEACHING:  The manual they provide has the most effective and brilliant interventions for teachers in the classroom.  These interventions can also be modified for home.

Visual Environmental Supports This is an alternate version of the characteristics overview chart on the next page.  It is provided for accessibility. Verbal skills •Nonverbal •Mixed •Verbal Grade Level •PK •Elementary Cognitive Level •Classic •High Functioning Areas Addressed •(Pre)Academic/Cognitive/Academic •Adaptive Behavior/Daily Living •Behavior •Communication/Speech •Social/Emotional
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