If your child goes into overload or something occurs which gets them too excited or too upset here are some ideas of what might help. Remember every child is different and different strategies work for different children
“Autism .... has reached epidemic proportions...” - Gerson Saines (cited in Donovan & Zucker)
We know very little about the autism spectrum. The public health sector hasn’t enough experience and capacity. If you have resources you can access the private sector until the money runs out. A key dimension is understanding and harnessing the exceptional talent and abilities .... not viewing it as a disorder and disease .... it needs special treatment and understanding .... most of all it needs love and connection .... the signs are there and the prevalence is actually higher than one would think.....and the reason is not because of vaccination .... it’s because of increased awareness and knowledge that we know more about it today. Also the stigma associated with autism has to a large extent dissipated in recent decades .... the growing numbers dear Flat-Earthers and Anti-Vaxxers is not because of some Big Brother plot .... you’ve already lost it 👀
Coffee rumination ☕️ before starting the day .... if interested in the topic this book is a great place to start 😎
Pentru al optulea an la rând, ATCA și Help Autism aduc la București lectori români și internaționali de prestigiu, din dorința de a oferi răspunsuri la provocările specialiștilor, cadrelor didactice și părinților în procesul de recuperare a copiilor cu Tulburări de Spectru Autist.
Conferința Internațională ABA rămâne, și la cea de-a opta ediție, cel mai important eveniment din Sud Estul Europei dedicat terapiei comportamentale aplicate, cu peste 20 de lectori din Statele Unite ale Americii, Grecia, Marea Britanie, India și România și peste 500 de participanți așteptați.
Înscrierile pentru ediția 2019 sunt deschise pe site-ul evenimentului, iar până pe data de 28 februarie se beneficiază de un tarif preferențial, cu reducere. Pentru a facilita prezența studenților și părinților interesați într-un număr cât mai mare, la fel ca în anii anteriori, organizatorii au pregătit reduceri pentru aceste categorii de participanți.
Just because he can’t talk, doesn't mean he’s got nothing to say. ✨Little did I know my simple made-up “row row” activity would become the most powerful tool for intervention.
After months and months of engagement and joining his world and slowly building his level of trust to bring him into a shared world of connection…..Mr5 communicated with me! 👏🏼💙He wanted “row row”! The first time this happened was the most incredible magic moment. ✨
Many kids who cannot verbally communicate will use different ways to tell us what they want. They may use vocal characterisations - cry, whine, yell, laugh.....or use eye contact and lead us by the hand to what they desire. But this can be challenging, as we don’t always get it right....and often there’s a miscommunication which causes stress and anxiety levels to sky rocket.....triggering ‘challenging behaviours’.
By helping Mr5 understand that he can request what he wants by using pictures (before stress levels rise) we have made a positive impact to his quality of life. We can now start to work on requesting simple things like: food, drink, toilet......but “row row” opened the doors! 🙌🏼💙 Please note - this is still very much a work in progress. ✨
If you have a child who is non-verbal or has limited communication, I encourage you to tap into their interests and what makes them tick. Have you seen communication progress in your child - how did you make this happen?! Share your nuggets of gold with us, so we can all learn together….. .
Who is the cutest little tea pot?! Here’s a little video to brighten up your Wednesday. Little A here has learnt the actions to “I’m a little tea pot” though a program called ‘Non-Verbal Imitation.’ Her therapists systematically taught her to imitate the actions from a video and soon enough, she could perform the whole song! Way to go A! 💙 #autismlinkmalaysia#autismawareness#autismlove#autism#abatherapy#aba
As my son has grown I’m truly proud ☺️ I have such a kind hearted , happy , silly lil mommas boy ❤️ at first I cried over stress being a single mom not knowing what to do now I cry over being so proud my sons grandmas ,tata and I have worked so hard and it all shows how far he’s came 💙💚💛🧡❤️ #autism#autismawareness#differentnotless#mommasboy#lilbear#proudmom#love
My heart is breaking. I just spent the last hour and a half trying to get Caiden to sleep. He was agitated and restless and finally it came out, in tears, big alligator tears and sobs, the boys at school are not his friends. The ones he thought were his friends have been saying some awful things to him since Christmas break. One told him he wouldn’t sleepover if he was invited to again, and they have been telling him he “sucks at basketball” and is “annoying”. They hit him where it hurts. He is absolutely obsessed with basketball, it’s a skill he’s worked hard to master and it’s all he does at recess. And the sleepover, well, it was his first one, he’s never had anyone but family sleepover. So that one really stung. .
I know kids can be cruel and I know kids say things in front of other kids to be cool. But my goodness. His tender little heart.
All I wanted when Caiden started school was one friend, just ONE friend that would accept him, just as he is and love him, regardless of what others thought. .
I can’t be there to protect him and I can’t give him that friend. All I can do is pray for that friend and be there to comfort him when he finally opens up and shares. Friendship is hard when you’re a kid, and even harder when you’re on the spectrum and every social interaction is an uphill battle. Trying to read others just isn’t in his DNA and non-verbal cues are a huge struggle, we’ve worked hard to show him what a good friend is, and he’s worked hard to try to find that. .
So, this is me, pleading with the parents out there. Teach your kids kindness. Teach them to be a friend, one that is true, no matter who is around. Teach them to accept others. Teach them to be that kid. The one that reaches out to the lonely kid. The one that sees the light in others. The one that lifts others up. The one that takes the extra time to peel back a few layers and see who is under there. Because in doing so, they may just find a beautiful soul and a loyal friend. .
So for tonight I’ll soak up the snuggles and build him up and rock him to sleep, so his brain can shut down...and tomorrow he’ll slip on his rain boots, kiss all the dogs goodbye, and tackle the world yet again
4 131 hours ago
I’ve been trying to get up for the gym. Sometimes I’m successful in making it to the gym, sometimes, not.
But what IS certain is that I have not slept in past 4am all week.
I am tired. That goes without saying.
I might look exhausted, but mess with one of my kids?...
This boy right here...he has a very tight hold on my heart. 4 years has been quite the ride, but there are no highs higher than being loved by this guy. Today he ate cake...only a couple of bites, but it was adventurous for him. He shocked the hell out of me when he ate a hamburger. He opened up his happy meal and said, “oh, wow!” He is starting to talk more, but just the small words. They always make me laugh though. He shows compassion to his brother when he is not trying to push him down the stairs. He is a terrible sleeper, but he makes up for it in cuddles. He’s still a momma’s boy, but lately he’s been letting dad get the nighttime cuddles in. He is the most awesome boy and perfect in every way. Happy birthday, O-boy! .
You can tell by his face that he thinks I’m the most annoying tia in the world because I just want to hug him and kiss him all the time😘 Even though he can’t tell me or show me, I know he loves me as much as I do 🥰❤️ #biggestnephew#autismawareness#autismauntie
Im so unbelievably proud of my son! He has always struggled in school and has been excluded a numourus amount of times since the age of 3. It’s an embarrassing thing to admit, when your child has been excluded from school and you sometimes feel like he has been excluded from society, it’s like you put all that effort into this one person. In your eyes they are the most kind and beautiful soul that you know and you sit and enjoy watching them grow and gently help craft them into a good person and then you bring them to school and you wait for the appraisal of your child as validation and evidence of all the hard work you have put into them and instead you are met with rejection. And by feeling this sad, painful drop of rejection, you know that your child must be feeling that ten times worse. So not only are you trying to repair yourself and prepare for the next event that may result in rejection you are trying to repair and prepare your child who is suffering with low self esteem and anxiety about what the next event may hold, and so the cycle begins.
So yes it might just look like a gymnastics show, but it’s more than a gymnastics show... it’s the first time my son has had the confidence,motivation and self belief to learn new skills and practice them and perform in front of people that he doesn’t know. This is one of my sons biggest achievements and is not only an achievement for himself but an encouragement of hope. That even if your child is the “odd ball”, the child that doesn’t fit in or is just different, even if your child is rejected from society or rejected from the norms of daily life. There will always be a place and people who do accept them and understand being different isn’t bad, being different is beautiful.
Thankyou for the best early birthday present 🥰 #myson#mombirthday#happybirthdaytome .
It’s the eve of my son Phoenix’s 5th birthday. I’m so filled with mixed emotions. Almost 2.5 years of autism therapies, research, diets, protocols will drive the strongest mamas mad at times. But then, as he giggles, says “mommy,” plays with his puppets, reads his little books and spells out words...I’m completely captivated and in awe of his progress.
So although I’m super sad to close this chapter on toddlerhood and welcome my little boy to his fifth year...I’m also getting excited to see what this next chapter holds. 💙🥰🙏🏻
An awesome reminder from an amazing person. Not all autistic people want to be “cured” of autism. As parents, there are some decisions we have to make for our children but there are other decisions that are not ours to make.
PS I apologize whole heartedly for the damn typo in Dr. Grandin’s quote! Let it be know that I can’t type nearly as well as she can speak!
Check out this awesome #autismdad, @liveshawnstrong. Family man, 90’s music lover and handstand champion! Head over to his page and find the video where he challenges his daughter to a handstand contest!
We need more dads like this so if you know one, tag them! Our kids are counting on us!!! 👊🏼👊🏽👊🏾