Family Engagement Improves for Children Affected by Autism

Family Engagement Improves for Children Affected by Autism; BabbaBox Activities at Home

Families affected by autism can now enjoy meaningful interaction with the BabbaBox, a subscription-based service that provides engaging activities, books and online adventures for parents and their 3- to 7-year-old children.

Beginning with the April “Rainbow” themed box, the BabbaBox will include carefully developed instructions to help parents adapt each activity for children affected by autism. To enhance the child’s comprehension and reduce anxiety, each box will include mini schedules, a familiar tool used in therapy and education for children affected by autism. Mini schedules are visual representations of each step of a project, in sequence, that help the child understand the activity and the expected outcome.

“The BabbaBox was created to help parents and children connect in meaningful ways,” said BabbaCo founder and CEO Jessica Kim. “We want to include families with children in the autism spectrum, too.”

“Our conversations with parents revealed there are few resources offering meaningful interaction at home, outside of therapy,” Kim continues. “By making adjustments for the unique ways children affected by autism view and interact with the world, the BabbaBox offers them new activities to do together in a ready-made package.”

Each BabbaBox revolves around one theme or life lesson – such as gratitude, the harvest season or sun, moon and stars – and incorporates the four main ways that children learn:

· Create: Two or three hands-on craft projects;

· Explore: Adventures, activities and a tool or instrument – such as a camera, bug catcher or binoculars – to engage children with the world;

· Story Tell: A theme-related book, selected from scores of award-winning volumes;

· Connect: Prepaid downloads, selected by child development specialists, to inspire and involve parents and their kids with online activities that support each month’s theme.

“The variety of activities in each BabbaBox is ideal for children affected by autism,” said Cindy Dougherty, learning behavior specialist and part of the child development team that created the autism materials for BabbaCo. “They can now work on comprehension, fine motor skills and communication at home, while having fun with their parents and siblings, instead of only in a classroom or therapy setting.”

Monthly BabbaBox memberships are available for $29.99 per month and annual subscriptions are $25.00 per month, delivering 12 BabbaBoxes for the price of 10. Gift subscriptions are available for one, three and six months or a year. There is no additional charge for visually structured directions, which will be included as printed pieces in the April box and as downloadable materials each month after. To order the BabbaBox, visit www.BabbaCo.com.

Instructions for adapting the BababBox for children affected by autism were developed by a team of child-development and autism specialists using Treatment and Education of Autistic and Related Communication Handicapped Children (TEACCH) philosophies.

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