Slowing down gives you a chance to be mindful and to let go of the chaos and hectic lifestyle of most autism therapies.
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To every mother who wants to wants to live a happier and healthier life – it’s never too late.
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.
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.
It’s the ‘easiest’ way to live with your child in the short term. You take him out and do the things he likes as you try to avoid him stimming, nagging or even throwing tantrums. Life then develops a pattern, where any time parent and child have together is spent doing entertaining activities because the child is ‘happy’ and it causes less conflict. But take a minute to ask yourself: “What is my child is getting out of these experiences?”
For some parents, a partnership – where both parties have authentic roles in a meaningful task, activity, or project – with their child may come naturally, for others, it may feel challenging at first. I encourage you to partner with your child at least 10 times per day, everyday. It will get easier and you can start out small and always build on your successes in length of time you are partnering or ways in which you partner.
Learning to listen to your special needs child.
As an RDI® consultant in Asia, specifically Indonesia, I see a lot of dads struggling in the beginning of the program because of the cultural beliefs that influence family life and interpersonal relationship. Even though things have changed so much in the younger generation, in many traditional Asian families the father’s role is primarily to provide material support for the family, while the mother’s role is primarily to take care of the children. The father does not usually start a conversation with his children. He tends to be distant. As a result, dad has difficulties learning how to play, have casual conversation and build close relationships with his child; this becomes even more challenging when they have a child with special conditions.
This real-world example shows why the Mind Guiding relationship is essential for activating growth-seeking.
We autism Moms can’t give what we don’t have! We need help, just like our kids do.
Sometimes the word “no”, does not mean what you think.
Making sure our attitudes are not keeping our children with ASD hidden in a box.
A lot of parents don’t realize that they have power to help their own kids.
ASD interferes with children’s ability to integrate or retain the typical learning opportunities…
We want to stand with other families to say that our children bring much good to their families and communities.
Often parents do most of the “work” in keeping the social exchange going.