Another small victory: Tear. Free. Transitions. It’s no secret that young people on the spectrum have difficulty with moving from one activity to the next. They prefer sameness, routine, predictability. Transitions happen all day, every day whether you realize it or not. Home to car to school or work to rest room to meals to car to saying goodbye to getting ready for bed. And those are just the tiny, baby transitions. Didn’t even broach the large ones like moving to a new house or school.⠀
While it may be easy for you and me to switch from one activity to the next and process why that switch must occur, transitions can be a major cause of anxiety for kids with autism. In Traycen’s case, we also have (had) the added complexity of a “flight risk” (documented in his IEP & the reason we were FINALLY able to get a busstop created for him where he didn’t need to be walked so far...but that’s a whole whopper of a story for a different day)—the combination of impulsivity atop an inability to comprehend danger resulted in our constant state of hyper-vigilance on our part..and fear, tbh. ⠀
When we went out, there was ALWAYS the possibility (100%) that he would try to run away. You may notice in my stories and videos that I’m usually gripping one of his extremities a little less “tender” than most moms would. It’s a habit; I’m learning to let go (pun intended), but this used to be totally necessary. For his safety. ⠀
If I had a dollar for the number of times in the past 2 years that it took me over an hour to get from the car to inside, I could buy a few gallons of gas. He’d either break away, drop and refuse to move or meltdown before we could even get out of the car (most of those days I’d sit in the car until he cried himself to sleep or until my husband would get home to hold him and walk us in). We are still relatively new to the Northeast—and renting...and our front door was QUITE the hike from the parking garage at our last place. Not fun. Not at all. ⠀
There were a couple of strategies I found success with: ⠀
1) Giving notice —allowing him enough time to process what was coming: “in 10 minutes we’ll be...”⠀ (continued in comments)
Going through a rough patch at school right now. When talking to the Principal and my child and trying to get to “the bottom of it”, as it is often hard to do, I said “do you think the kids are taking advantage of him and trying to push his buttons?”. I asked about talking with the children about creating an atmosphere where they help guide and tell him when he is being inappropriate or behaving badly.
I’m so thankful he has a sister who is his biggest fan and best friend. I said to her the other day she handles a lot for a little girl and she said “it’s ok mom, you taught me how to be strong!” God truly did something special when He gave them each other.
#aspergerslife #aspergerssyndromeawareness #autismawareness #autismsiblings #asd #autismmom #autismlife
Happy Humpday Folks! 3 more sleeps to the weekend! 🤗 •
It's Day-3 of the launch of our #AutismAwareness
pants. Orders from Monday have been processed and shipped. We're always anxious when a new collection comes out. The usual questions running through our heads are as follows: •
Will customers like this? •
Did we do the right thing? •
What if this fails? Please, nooooo! 😰 •
So it's always helpful to get feedback, good or bad, so that we can keep on getting better & better to offer you products that YOU will ❤️❤️❤️ •
Saw a post from @feistyflo
yesterday which made us go 🤗💃🎊. Swipe left to see for yourselves! •
Our leggings feature artwork that was created by @yuriazzari_autistic_artist.
In support of #AutismAwareness
, proceeds go to the National Autism Society of Malaysia @nasomcares
and also to Yuri's trust fund •
Available now at fitrebel.com and also at our exclusive retailer partner @apom.my.
I hadn’t talked about it yet but I was getting around to it. When I knew that Julian had autism. I think I knew right away when he wasn’t hitting his newborn milestones. He babbled, but never said words. You would talk to him and he would never do eye contact. He wouldn’t respond to his name. He never crawled, he just started standing and walking. He’s a very strong little boy. But I just knew he had autism. An official diagnosis didn’t come until he was 5. Finally! A diagnosis, we can finally work on what he needs. In that moment I broke down. Just knowing that life for Julian would never be like the life I or anyone else has lived. Would Julian ever drive a car? Would he ever go to college? Would he ever have friends? Would he ever talk? But things get better with time. I’ve learned a lot from Julian. Julian has taught me love needs no words. Julian is the most loving little boy. We celebrate the small things, this year he finally said his name. 💙 My advice to a parent who is having a hard time accepting a diagnosis or is in denial: early treatment is key. Studies show, for example, that early intensive behavioral intervention improves learning, communication and social skills in young children with autism spectrum disorders. 💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙
#Autism #AutismAwareness #KidsOnTheSpectrum #Autismo #AutismParents #AutismLife #NonVerbal #Dallas #Texas
#ILoveSomeoneWithAutism #DifferentNotLess #AutismAcceptance #AutismWorld #TheTrendyKidz #StoriesAboutAutism #SpecialNeedsKids #IGKids #PhotoOfTheDay #DallasBlogger #MomBlogger #DFW #Autismmoms #AutismLove #AutismSpeaks #ADD #ADHD
Autism mom moment... Tonight was difficult for my guy. And when the schedule is deviated at all, typically it doesn’t go all to well. And honestly it was ALOT better then most schedule changes. However it still got to me tonight, I need to adjust a few things in life to work with his normal. What a lot of people don’t understand is that a very small change to you is actually a HUGE change for anyone with autism. Routine is such a big deal for Noah and unfortunately I am lacking that for him because of my schedule. 😞 I feel horrible, but I’m hoping it is going to change here soon! 🤞🏼 (side note, thank god for these balloons! They are perfect for sensory and calming! As you can see he loves them🙃) #autism #autismawareness
Well at least I have got one of my kids liking going to school! 🤷🏼♀️😂
I just can’t get over her face! And the sideways beanie cap! 😂What a character!
Not all transformations are physical. In the picture on the left, I was struggling so hard mentally. You wouldn’t see it from the smile I’m wearing, but most days were filled with crying and endless research to see how we could better help our guy.
Eating the right things and working out consistently are all great. But what I didn’t realize is that those things meant nothing if I didn’t work on all of me. The things that we think about ourselves matter. Those deep rooted pieces of baggage we carry affect our journeys. You have to be willing to dig in, call yourself out on the painful stuff, and work through it. That’s where the true magic happens 🤸🏻♀️✨ #forevergrowing
Untuk ABK tau angka belum tentu tau jumlahnya.... Jadi penting banget memasukkan konsep jumlah berbarengan dengan mengenalkan angka...angka adalah simbol yg mewakili jumlah.... Untuk menjrlaskan ke anak kami menggunakan visual 3d bukan hanya verbal dan simbol....
Absolutely. The behavior is important sometimes times but your child is important ALL the time!
Our students crafted some spooky masks this week to get into the #Halloween
spirit! What do you think? 👻🧙♀️🧟♂️
โรงเรียนของทิกเกอร์ไม่มีปิดเทอม ต้องไปกระตุ้นพัฒนาการทุกๆวัน เดือนหน้าแม่ต้องตื่นแต่เช้าเพื่อติดรถของคุณครูไปส่งหนูที่ศูนย์การศึกษาพิเศษอ.บ้านบึงทุกวันจันทร์ เพราะที่นั่นมีวารี และอาชาบำบัด สื่อกระตุ้นครบครัน โดยคำขอร้องของครูนุ่นที่อยากให้หนูได้ไปฝึกที่นั่น “เพื่อทิกเกอร์ของเรา” ครูนุ่นครูใหญ่ครูแหม่มใจดีมีเมตตากับหนูมาก แม่เองก็ต้องช่วยครู ช่วงนี้แม่ถึงได้เข้มงวดกับหนูเรื่องอาหารกระตุ้นทั้งหลาย ไม่แวะโลตัส งดลงเซเว่น งดของโปรดของหนู การเปลี่ยนแปลงทำให้หนูเอาแต่ใจมากๆ งอแง และเกรี้ยวกราด หนูต้องอดทนและปรับตัว แม่เองก็พยายามอดทนเหมือนกันนะเพราะว่าแม่รักหนูมาก จากทำมาเป็นพักๆหยุดเป็นพักๆ เพราะแม่ใจอ่อนกับหนูเสมอ ครูนิ่มบ้านอุ่นรักเคยสอนแม่กับปะป๊าว่า “เป็นพ่อแม่ต้องมีบารมีเหนือลูก” แม่ไม่เคยทำได้เลย ซึ่งต่างจากปะป๊า หนูก็เลยติดแม่มาก เวลาปะป๊าขัดใจหนูก็จะมาหาแม่อ้อนแม่จูบแม่ ให้แม่ทำให้ หนูรู้ว่าหนูจะได้ในสิ่งที่ต้องการจากใคร แต่ตอนนี้หนูสับสน หนูเสียใจ หนูโกรธ ไม่เป็นไรนะลูก เราจะผ่านเรื่องนี้ไปด้วยกัน ขอพลังแห่งความรักจงสถิตย์อยู่กับเรา✌🏻#autismmom #autismson #autismworld #autismawareness #autismlove
Such a sweet photo, meanwhile I was grumbling “pick a friggin pumpkin already, man!” This kid had us 3 k out looking for a pumpkin the exact same size as the one he got last week on his field trip 😫#autism
You are being offered the opportunity to realize that your life is the medium through which consciousness is being expressed. You are not your life experiences! You are what is conscious of and present to your life experience.
Learning to play checkers...
Shhhhh... don’t tell them. I’m sitting outside enjoying the cool evening. 💆🏼♀️They earned their electronics so they are busy. I’m taking the “me time” I need! Sometimes this is all you can get, so I’ll take it. They can still find me out here if they need me, but at least I get a minute to relax. The dishes and laundry can wait, right? 🤷🏼♀️They will be there tomorrow. What do you do to relax and wind down from the day?
#autism #autismawareness #autismmom #autismacceptance #autismfamily #guthealthy #guthealthmatters #guthealth
Two nights ago as I was cooking dinner, Bo walked in and asked if I was making supper. When I told him I was, he then asked, “what are we having tonight?” To say that I was shocked would be an understatement. He is six. I want you think about the types of questions your children ask. Can you imagine being overjoyed to have a first grader ask you what you are cooking? When the norm is having your child repeat the same question 100s of times, a meaningful question is a huge deal. These little moments would not happen without help from @projecthopefoundation.
Please help us support this organization by donating to #BosBuddies
(link in bio) or participating in the Hope Relay on November 17th. #friendsgivehope #autismawareness #lifeonthespectrum
Tonight, I was voted onto the @goodfriendinc
board for another two-year term. 💚💙I started in 2010 with the organization answering their volunteer ad in the paper and knew very little about autism. A few years later I was asked to join their board and it has been an amazing, educational, and uplifting ride. I plan to continue volunteering for them as long as they will let me 🤗 If you want to know more about this org, just ask me! #autismawareness #weallfit #acceptance #empathy
Why has something so common been ignored and pushed to the side of our own human understanding? Im tired of being misunderstood. #autismawareness
A late night #tiptuesday
Did you know the chemicals in plastic have been linked to neurotoxicity and ASD? Perhaps the most notable culprit is bisphenol-A, better known as BPA.
Do what you can to protect your family from this nasty chemical and store your food in glass rather than plastic.
#autismmom #autismawareness #autismfriendly #iatutah #autism
We’re remembering our past honorees in National Disability Employment Awareness Month.
2018 Minnesota Employee Honoree: Frank Murillo
Frank was honored for his work at General Mills’ headquarters in Minneapolis. Diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, a form of autism, Murillo was determined to find employment. “Some jobs are menial, and many people get bored doing the same thing over and over again,” says Murillo, “People with disabilities, some of them like to do those repetitive tasks.” With the help of Opportunity Partners, a nonprofit provider of support services for people with disabilities, Murillo found an ideal match in the mail room and document scanning center at General Mills. “We're a company that values inclusiveness,” says Erin Dunn, Director of Global Business and Employee Services at General Mills, “Frank displays all the qualities that we look for in any employee: he's trustworthy, enthusiastic, and a good team player.” For complete video, please visit: https://vimeo.com/268630305
For more inspiring stories like Frank, please visit jobhonor.org
#jobhonor #jobhonorawards #jobhonors
#inclusivehiring #inclusionmatters #inclusionrevolution #disabilityisnotinability #disabilityinclusion
#obamafoundation #obamafoundationfellowship @obamafoundation #mkutch @mkutch
#nationaldisabilityemploymentawarenessmonth #ndeam #silvershutterproductions @silvershutterproductions
@aplusk #ashtonkutcher @tmkutch
#mnchamberofcommerce @mnchamberofcommerce #generalmills #opportunitypartners #autismawareness #aspergers