There are a lot of different thoughts and feelings happening when you think your child might have autism. Sometimes it’s difficult to know whether your child is on the autism spectrum, if there’s a developmental delay, or if your child is just developing just a little later than usual. When it comes to what may be autism symptoms, what causes you to seek out a diagnosis?
In this webinar from the RDIconnect online learning community, Kat Lee interviews RDI® Program Certified Consultant Blair Armstrong on communication in the home. They discuss the differences between imperative and declarative communication, why parent training is so important in the RDI® program, and what myths about autism and communication are being perpetuated in the autism community.
One year after COVID Kat Lee and Lisa Palasti are coming back to talk about how they survived and more importantly, how you can continue to move out of the chaos.
Self-compassion is essential. It nourishes our mental well-being by reducing anxiety and depression. It keeps us from making self-limiting choices and from thinking thoughts about ourselves that can stifle our motivation and initiative.
As a parent of an autistic child, do you feel burned out or stressed? Are you in need of time alone, with nobody to watch the kids, yet you feel a heavy load of guilt?
Learn how co-regulation improves communication, encourages independence and practical ideas to implement this core concept of parenting at home.
Your priority in addressing violent stimming is to remain calm and to keep your child and family safe. It may feel incredibly difficult when you are in the middle of an aggressive behavioral episode with your child but know that there are things that you can do to help the situation.
Autistic burnout can occur at any point in your child’s life, but it commonly presents during times of transition, such as toddlerhood, adolescence, or young adulthood. At these pivoting stages in life, children experience many changes which may promote stress and can lead to an episode of burnout.
Being asked questions is perceived as a demand by many children. In fact, questions or demands actually raise blood pressure in the child, putting them on the defensive! Use declarative language instead!
Your child learns and develops from planned activities, but with a balance of free time, space is given for your child to naturally develop the motivation to learn.
Fall has arrived, and your child’s school has gone to online education due to the pandemic. You are not trained as a teacher. You have no idea how to manage online schooling for your child who has autism. What should the schooling focus be? How do you begin to adjust your life to this?
Do you look at your therapist or consultant as the authority that possesses the main role in your child’s autism treatment? You are the one that holds the dreams for your child’s development in life, and you are also the one that can best provide home-based opportunities for your child’s mental and self-growth.
It’s Wednesday—like no Wednesday we’ve ever known.Dr Sarah Wayland ( RDI Consultant and Parent) joins Parent to Parent host Kat Lee, revisiting the Emotional Roller Coaster in these...
Every now and then I come across a message so timely, an interview so relevant that I find myself wanting it to arrive in your inbox before I’ve even sent it. Dr. Sarah Wayland, RDI parent coach...
It’s Sunday—like no Sunday we’ve ever known. Maisie and Pete: This short description of steps to maintain and healthy lifestyle while our children are home all day will quickly pinpoint important...
Even the most intrepid saint-like parents might feel the ominous weight and pressure of cabin fever when family time is not a choice but a 24/7 sequestered reality. Especially difficult are...
How Believing in Our Kids will Help Them Believe in Themselves
This blog post was originally published here. 90% of parents (if not more) share this common concern. “I know my child has good potential. But I don’t know how to tap into it.” This need not be at...
Guide your children to be life-long participated learners with these steps.
Moving out of your comfort zone means asking some tough questions.
Slowing down is always the first thing I look at with any new family. You have to take care of yourself FIRST.
At RDIconnect, our programs focus on rebuilding the brain’s neural pathways that have disrupted the naturally occurring parent-child Guiding Relationship, which opens the door to...
This blog post was originally posted on the brightsideoflife.com. It was also posted on the RDIconnect blog page in May, 2015. Mindful Parenting Mindful parenting sounds so easy, however, unless you...
Many parents will ask “what activities should I do?” Kat will take a deeper dive into this topic discussing not only what you should be doing but WHY this question may come about in the first place.
What challenges are normal when it comes to Guiding your child with autism?
Kat Lee as she talks about what to do after your child receives an autism diagnosis in a special webinar for autism awareness month.
How to Treat Your Autistic Child Respectfully and Create a Better Family Life
Parent Education is about defining what autism actually is, getting to the core of the obstacles it presents, and not just putting a bandaid on behavior management.
I invite you to step back and look at the strengths you have working in your favour (as the parent of a child with autism).
Are you going to be the parent who believes in his/her child? Are you going to presume competence?
What are they really trying to tell you when they say “no”?
You have permission to slow down!
Slowing down gives you a chance to be mindful and to let go of the chaos and hectic lifestyle of most autism therapies.
To every mother who wants to wants to live a happier and healthier life – it’s never too late.
As parents, we are only human.
This guest blog post was originally published on the saiconnections blog page. You can read the original here. Three friends show up at your door to surprise you. It’s dinner time. You haven’t...
Of course, you want your child to look at you. But have you thought how it feels for him?
Accept and Believe in your child. We all know what critical looks and sounds like.
If we’re too close to a situation how can we see it clearly? If we are so enmeshed with our children, how can we guide them properly?
If your child’s bucket is being continually drained, they need to be able to replenish the supply.
Changing our style of teaching children with autism from ‘static’ to ‘dynamic’ uses activities that require the child to ‘think’ his way to a solution.
Is constant entertaining a good thing?
When you thought about having children, what were your dreams for your child?
A partnership is one where both parties have authentic roles in a meaningful task, activity, or project.
Learning to listen to your special needs child.