ASD Tip of the Month


Self-care is vital for the well-being of any individual, family member, and professional. Sometimes with an autism diagnosis, the experiences and emotions one might feel can make the skill to practice self-care seem unattainable. Often times, professionals and family members set aside their own needs while underestimating the effect it can have on their own well-being, frequently leading to higher levels of stress and lower levels of quality of life. Each month, OCALI will highlight resources to help start a new habit toward self-care and the opportunity to challenge yourself to be #ABetterMeABetterYou.

Coming Soon: Book Study Take Time for You: Self-Care Action Plan for Educators by Tina Boogren

Give Thanks


Be intentional about being thankful and expressing gratitude. Gratitude has been the subject of much recent research with both children and adults that has shown benefits related to both psychological and physical functioning. It not only helps boost the well-being of the person or group receiving the gratitude, but the act of identifying what you are grateful for, and specifically expressing to others what you appreciate, helps the giver's well-being. Gratitude strengthens relationships, which are a key factor in social competence and social-emotional functioning. Consider starting actions, like sharing with your students what you are thankful for in relation to them, sending a thank you note or card to a colleague, boss, friend or family member on a weekly basis.