This post is sponsored, all opinions and personal experiences discussed are that of my own.
Raising a child on the autism spectrum brings about some parental challenges. The challenges vary depending upon where on the spectrum your child falls. My son is high functioning autistic, so it’s more social awkward, literal thinking and such that we try to work with every day.
As we work in the house to create and stick with a budget, we also want to work and stick with chores. With three kids who are 15, 11 and 9, I see no reason why I am doing so much of the housework when we have able bodies within the home. That’s where our free market chore list came into play this past week. Alongside having a chore list, there has to be a way to make chore time encouraging for the kids, at least that’s how I feel. Specifically with my special needs son, he is a literal thinker and needs to see the purpose behind chores. Aj doesn’t see the future purpose of why he must learn to fold laundry, do dishes or pick up after himself but we can work with an app like BusyKid to help my ASD son do chores and learn to manage finances.
Managing finances isn’t easy for all kids. While they do look to their parents for guides, even parents struggle with balancing the household budget. With BusyKid you can easily teach kids how to manage their chore money earned and much more.
- Price is now $14.95 for the entire family
- They are introducing the BusyKid Spend Card, a reloadable Visa® prepaid card, where kids can move their allowance in order to spend in stores or online
- For a limited time, 2 kids of each new family will receive a free $10 stock. We want kids to learn how to invest so we decided to give them their first experience in dealing with the stock market.
Think About This …
According to the latest studies, such as one conducted by Washington University in St. Louis in 2012, unemployment and underemployment rates for young adults with ASD is at 90%. It is estimated that 1.5 million people in the US have ASD and about 80% of them are under age 22, just beginning to encounter the challenges of finding and retaining a quality job.
– With increases in minimum wage, a growing number of seniors heading back to work to support retirement and less part-time jobs available, teens are having a tough time finding work. Now imagine you are a teen or young adult with autism. Finding the right place to work becomes even harder.
– Over three-quarters (77%) who are unemployed say they want to work. Four in 10 autistic people currently working part-time say they want to work more hours.
– Just over half (51%) of autistic people in work who responded to a recent survey said their skills were higher than those their job required.
– Researchers estimate that about 50,000 young people with autism turn 18 every year.
Teaching Kids Finances
Teaching my ASD kid about finances is important. I want him to grow up learning how to manage his money. At this point in his life, he is pretty good about being the saver in the family, but as he gets older and his wants increase I will be using this BusyKid to help guide my ASD kid forward to learn how to manage finances in a way that should make him excel in money management as an adult.
Tips for ASD Parents Working to Teach Money Management
Learn The Language: Most if not all within the ASD community have a unique language. Many ASD children are concrete thinkers so there is no “Gray Area”. Don’t take directness as rudeness and use specific details is very important when asking or telling them to do something or giving instruction.
Differing Emotions: A member of the ASD community may not share the same emotional reactions as typical society. Maybe a child cried at funeral because of the music at the church and not because someone in the family died. Don’t be offended when an ASD child doesn’t react like everyone else.
Slower Processing: A member of the ASD community typically process most if not all information on a delay. When confronted with information, the process to retain and understand the information can be overwhelming or over-stimulating. Give them time to soak it in and react.
Not The Same Grade: A member of the ASD community tends to have a 1-1.5 year delay mentally. This typically causes the ASD person to perform tasks such as school work at a grade level 1-2 years lower than their chronological age. Being aware can help an employer assign the right position or duties.
Stay In Routine: Many members of the ASD community thrive from having a daily routine. Schedules and timelines are often necessary for success, growth and the ability to maintain a more typical life style. Using a platform like BusyKid can help an ASD child build a routine, find daily successes and provide an outlet to earn, as well as, spend money like anyone else. This too is important.
Here’s hoping BusyKid can help you in this area of parenthood.