In regards to children with autism, I often say…
- Be aware
- Be informed
- See things differently
- Find joy in the gift of a child
This article Ten Signs of Autism in Infants
gives you some early signs to look for. With the increase in autism diagnosis, try not to write off behavior as cute, quirky, or going through a phase. While those statements might be accurate, it is still wise to have them checked out. Early intervention is KEY to helping a child discover and achieve their potential!Everyone has potential!
At yesterday’s Autism Expo, in Raleigh, I spoke with a couple different experts about one of the current challenges for our grandson…. potty training
They both recommended the same book! Toilet Training in Less Than a Day
by Azrin & Foxx.
I did a little poking around the internet and found this autism specific article bout the program. Great information! If you are working on potty training your ASD child, check it out.http://www.nationalautismresources.com/azandfototri.html
Did you see this video by the Secretary General of the UN?
A serious subject, but the participants will make you smile UN Secretary – General Message
The perfect day to gift this book to someone you know who is wondering if they have a child on the Spectrum…
April is Autism Awareness month! April 2nd is Autism Awareness DAY!
April is also the Month of the Military Child.
Remember, military families have children with ASD, too.
These stories have been around for a couple of weeks, but in case you haven’t seen them, this article puts them together in one location.
Communication is key! Non-verbal does not mean unintelligent! Check out this article from Liberty Voice, showing two different possibilities for communicating with your non-verbal child.http://guardianlv.com/2014/03/bridging-the-gap-between-autism-and-communication-video/
The Harvard Review of Psychiatry has a “special issue” currently available with topics concentrating on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Lots of information here!http://journals.lww.com/hrpjournal/Pages/default.aspx
Just thought I’d share this information about an upcoming Autism Conference in June…
The University of Vermont will host the 17th
annual Summer Institute on Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Wow, the National Autism Network is a great find. They have a wealth of resources!
Check it out here … National Autism Network
This article makes some valid points while using the humor from the movie The Princess Bride.
It’s well worth the read… http://www.snagglebox.com/article/autism-parenting-princess-bride
If you have been contemplating a GPS tracking devise for your child, on the spectrum, but have found the cost to be too excessive, there is some good news.
Many news sites have been posting that the Government will now cover the cost of a tracker for your autistic child…http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/30/nyregion/us-will-finance-devices-to-track-children-with-autism.html?_r=1
From news right here in my own backyard (Raleigh)… An invention that could help students/adults refocus on the task at hand. Interesting!
I know people have varying opinions on “tracking” kids with ASD. My family has decided a tracker for my non-verbal grandson could be beneficial. The local police station provides a few, free of charge. Connor is on the waiting list. He has learned to open the front door. It’s scary to think your child may wander off when you take your eyes off him/her.
Here are some great tips to help prevent the wandering of a child at school (posted by Autism Speaks). http://www.autismspeaks.org/news/news-item/7-steps-you-can-take-prevent-wandering-your-child%E2%80%99s-school
“You might be an autism parent if” was tweeted this morning by @JenCluff.
It is a funny look at the truth. Laughter IS the best medicine.http://mom-ology.ca/wordpress/you-might-be-an-autism-parent-if-2/
This article (from Huffington Post) mirrors our story, in the book. We have only started to begin reaching for Connor’s best education. Is this family’s story how our family’s story is going to be? God bless them… God bless us all.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/24/public-schools-special-education_n_4261145.html?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmaing15%7Cdl18%7Csec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D410894
Okay, this is not news.
It’s an absolutely adorable
picture of my grandson (and my oldest son).
He may be non-verbal, but I think he has communicated his joy in this picture!
Check out the Autism Speaks to Washington Summit.
Click this link and follow it LIVE!http://www.autismspeaks.org/events/autism-speaks-washington-livestream
Yikes! This article, from Forbes, is downright scary.
Be aware/Be informed/See things differently – but use common sense…http://www.forbes.com/sites/emilywillingham/2013/10/29/the-5-scariest-autism-treatments/
Great tips in this article from Autism Speaks!http://www.autismspeaks.org/news/news-item/7-steps-you-can-take-prevent-wandering-your-child%E2%80%99s-school
There is also a program in, Roanoke VA, to give wandering children tracking anklets, free of charge. I can’t locate the link at the moment, but when I do I will share it.