Early Signs of Autism
I wanted to share this video. I wish there was something like this for me to watch 13 years ago. My oldest child would have had a much earlier diagnosis.
Early Signs of Autism
We just started ABA Therapy with our youngest son. I have heard good things about it, so I am hoping it helps him. He has regressed socially over the summer and gets physically ill now when we are around a lot of people in places like doctor offices, where we go fairly frequently. We kept him out of school this year in order to pursue ABA Therapy and to try to give him the tools he needs to cope with social situations in healthy ways.
We decided to use a picture schedule and communication cards to help with behavior problems. We have been using the picture/visual schedule for about a month now and we are having great success with it. It helps our little guy to know what is coming up during the day and he can go check it any time he needs to. Also, we have put up pictures instructing him on the steps for brushing teeth, going to the bathroom, washing hands, etc. We have placed several pictures for the foods he will eat on the fridge so he can point to what he wants if he is unable to tell us. Hint: Page protectors will prolong the life of your charts!
Unfortunately, I found few websites that had what I needed. I found several of my pictures, like for playing, grocery stores, restaurants, etc, on Google Images. It took some work, and some time to organize, but it has paid off.
Here are a couple of websites I found that were helpful.
Sites with information on using visual strategies, etc.
Using Visual Strategies
Have a great weekend!!!
Good evening everyone. I hope you are having a good weekend! I stumbled across an add for cheap books about Autism while on Facebook, so I decided to check it out. The website is Future Horizons Inc. The page advertised was Autism Books for Less! Evidently you get 20% off when you use the coupon code "Less" at check out.
The Future Horizons Inc. website also had information on conferences, sensory resources, and newsletters. They also have an ebooks for purchase. Dr. Temple Grandin is one of the features speakers at the conferences. For more information, click on the links. I hope you all have a wonderful week!!!
Future Horizons Inc.
Autism Books for Less!
We have been trying to potty train our son off and on now for almost three years. We honestly haven't had much success with it. I thought some research might help. Here are some helpful sites I found:
Potty Training for Children with Autism
Potty Training Tips for An Autistic Child
Toilet Training for Autistic Kids
Autism and Potty Training Techniques: How To Help Your Child Succeed
ATN/AIR-P Parent's Guide to Toilet Training in Autism
I hope these tips will help. Have a great week!
Happy Father's Day to all of you wonderful dads out there! I hope you are having a great day!
I thought I would pass this information along:
The SPD Foundation is offering summer online courses. Click on the link below for more information.
I hope you have a great week!
I found a great website that has a lot of adaptive equipment. Car seats, harnesses for the car, seatbelt buckle guards-all of this can be found at this site.
Ya'll have been reading my blog long enough to know that, what I don't know something, I research it. Here are some links with ideas for calming our special kiddos.
How to Calm an Autistic Child
Calming Techniques for Autistic Children
Natural Medicine for Calming Autistic Children and ADHD
I am seeing that it is taking our son a while to adjust to being out of school. He was only in Pre-K for three hours a day but it made a big impact on him and he is missing it. I am trying to provide activities at home to keep him busy and engaged. We painted piggy-banks and he really liked that. We also played balloon ping pong using paddles made out of paper plates and craft sticks. I am always on the look-out for more ideas and I wanted to pass on what I found. I found some great ideas on Facebook. Below are some websites I found with different ideas.
9 Creative Sensory Ideas for a Summer of Fun
Sensory-Friendly Summer Fun!
82 Summer Activities for Families with Special Needs
Kids Sensory Activities on Pinterest
99 Sensory Activities For Any Child
I hope you all have a great summer!
I am a mom to three special-needs kids. Writing about my experiences is something new I'm embarking on. I hope my musings help, not only me, but someone else out there who walks in shoes similar to my own.