I rub my right thumb against my forefinger like I'm playing a violin
I grab and pull the tip of my nose
And I talk to myself silently
Think the last part is the only thing those close to me noticed.
Never knew it was called stimming or was my brain's way to alleviate stress from too much stimuli
Many kids with #Aspergers learn best visually. This 17 year old is a lot of fun to work with as he likes to draw but I explain things to him.
Here, I was explaining to him how anxiety affects how he perceives the world. The volume bar on the far left represents his "Inner Critic" while the one on in the middle represents his "Inner Coach". On the far right he is illustrating how anxiety causes his Inner Critic to overpower his Inner Coach. His take away from the session was that we need to work on turning the volume up on his Inner Coach to quiet his Inner Critic through developing self-directed talk and challenging anxious thoughts that are not based in reality.
Self-Advocacy series, Step 7: Use and understand the appeal process. • Remember that your Rehabilitation Counselor is your first point of contact. They might not understand your needs or concerns if you have not discussed them with him/her. •If you feel you are not getting a straight answer, thank the person for their time and ask to speak to someone else that can address your concerns.
Cred: Vocational Rehabilitation Program
These are not my photographs.
Set Post #2 (10 photos) Timothy
——————————— Last month I surprised Timothy with a starter camera. (Nikon, of course 😉) Now, we are fully immersed in the 101s of subject recognition, composition and decisive moment lessons.
Here are some shots from Timothy’s 2nd download!
Cropped & w/ minor adjustments. ———back story———-
Here’s the TMI part - he is a young teen with ‘very few’ interests. Additionally, he is special needs, Bi-polar, with Asperger’s Syndrome and Dyslexia. Communication for him is tough, which leads to mounting frustration and anger outbursts. As of right now, the act of taking photos and explaining the “whys & whats” is very satisfying to him. He feels understood and is proud of his efforts and results.
Fingers crossed, this will continue to be an outlet for his creativity and communication.
If you feel inclined, please leave your thoughts and friendly critique. ❤️ #onedayatatime#family#summer2018#teaching#learning#photography101#photographylessons#mylife#timothy#aspergers#bipolar#dyslexia#learningdisabilities#findyourstrengths
I wanted to discuss something with you, Often autistic individuals can get taken advantage of a lot and quiet often , a lot of times people can pretend to be their friend when they really want to take advantage of them so they either con them into doing something or use them for anything .... even money! , sometimes they’ll pretend to like them and be their friend just so that can get what they want out of them. It’s truly sad that people think it’s okay to take advantage of the disabled, I’m on the spectrum as well I really want to teach people especially the individuals with autism and people with other disabilities How do you be more safe out there in the world and how to protect yourself ❤️#autism#aspergers#letstalk
POR QUE EL NIÑO O NIÑA CON CONDICIONES DEL ESPECTRO AUTISTA NO REALIZA ACTIVIDADES EXTRAESCOLARES
Esta fue una de las preguntas que incluí en mi encuesta. El resultado, que representa una tendencia, es importante darlo a conocer y reflexionar sobre ello. La respuesta más elegida por las familias, con el 27,7%, fue que no realizaban ningún tipo de actividad lúdico deportivas extraescolar por falta de tiempo (más adelante vamos a esclarecer qué pasa con esa falta de tiempo, qué pasa socialmente con esa falta de tiempo, qué es lo que disminuye el tiempo en el que los chicos podrían estar realizando actividades lúdicas en sus ratos libres).
Por otro lado, un 23% contestó que los profesores no estaban capacitados para incluir a chicos con autismo en sus actividades en la comunidad.
La pregunta también dio como resultado otras respuestas; por ejemplo, que no les gustaba lo que ofrecían en la comunidad donde estaban inmersos.
La cuestión de la falta de tiempo y de los profesores que no están capacitados me parece determinante a la hora de reflexionar sobre cómo impacta en el desarrollo social y emocional de una persona con CEA no tener la posibilidad de acceder a este tipo de actividades.
Prof. Eduardo Sotelo
The Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI) Foundation shared the results of a long-term study to explore the effects of pet dogs on families with children with autism spectrum disorder, published in the Journal of Veterinary Behavior in July 2016.
The findings of the study showed significantly improved family functioning of families with a dog compared to those without. The study also found a reduction in parent-child dysfunctional interactions among families that had a dog. “While there is growing evidence that animal-assisted therapy can aid in the treatment of children with autism spectrum disorders, this study is one of the first to examine how pet dog ownership can also improve the lives of those more widely affected by autism,” said the principal investigator on the study, Professor Daniel Mills, BVSc, PhD, from the University of Lincoln, UK. “We found a significant, positive relationship between parenting stress of the child’s main caregiver and their attachment to the family dog. This highlights the importance of the bond between the carer and their dog in the benefits they gain.” “Stress associated with parenting a child with autism continued to decrease among dog owners over time, but we did not see the same reductions in families without a dog,” added Prof. Mills. “This long-term follow up study highlights the potential benefits of pet ownership in bringing long-term improvements to the lives of families living with a child with autism.” Learn more ways to decrease your stress and help your child with autism or ADHD, with Golden Healing's free online workshop.
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Just finished listening to this book! I wish every person that has or will ever come into contact with my John could/would read this!! So eye opening and at the same time very encouraging for me!! John is so often misunderstood as being a jerk or a disciple problems. I know because I see the looks we get from people.
I know God gave him to me for a reason and I often feel like I fail him, but after reading this I know that Ive done the best I could...much better than this mans parents.
With this being Johns senior year in high school, I worry so much about his future. It may take him longer than his classmates, but I know that he will find his way in this world and excel in whatever he decides to do!
If you or someone you know has a child who is on the Autism Spectrum , I highly recommend this book!! 📚 .
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Yesterday was a TOUGH day.
School is starting next week.
My oldest daughter is going back to public school for the first time since 3rd grade. My younger two are both going to elementary.
For them it means schedule pick up, finding new classes, getting used to a locker, meeting their teachers, new clothes, new friends.
For ME, it means navigating a new school to figure out the locker, classes, and routine for my middle schooler who is too overwhelmed to pay attention, figuring out drop off and pick up for a new school, meeting new teachers and calming all the jitters, school supply shopping (SO many people), clothes shopping for a child with SPD who hates shopping, and a TON of anxiety about my aspie heading to a new school without a current IEP in place.
I have always struggled with new situations and navigating new routines. My stress level sky rockets. It dawned on me yesterday that being an aspie mom and having an aspie as my oldest child, we will often be dealing with double the anxiety as we face new experiences together. I NEED to find a way to address that anxiety so we don’t both end up in a meltdown.
After dealing with the middle school situation all morning, and a daughter who is DEVASTATED to have a bottom locker, I needed to get myself together. I never would have made it to meet the teacher night for the other two if I hadn’t made time for self-care.
I can’t tell you how much exercise has helped me with my anxiety and stress! When I say that I’m going to sweat the stress out, I mean it!
The ADAA says this, “Exercise is also considered vital for maintaining mental fitness, and it can reduce stress. Studies show that it is very effective at reducing fatigue, improving alertness and concentration, and at enhancing overall cognitive function. This can be especially helpful when stress has depleted your energy or ability to concentrate.” Physical activity produces endorphins, which are the body’s feel good neurotransmitters. They are natural pain killers AND improve sleep (which is a huge factor in stress levels). It will never take away all of my anxiety but it sure helps! Why not try it for yourself?
There are so many amazing ways to improve emotional health, physical health, mental health. Bringing someone else down is never one of them.
I’ve made this mistake plenty over the years. I’m only human. But it’s a great reminder to find healthy ways to cope and heal that don’t involve hurting those around you (especially the ones you love). I love the example of the tube of toothpaste. It’s so easy to squeeze all of the toothpaste out, but it’s impossible to get it back in. It’s the same with our words and actions. So easy to spew all of that hurt on someone near us when we are hurting, but when all is said and done, apologizing and explaining the circumstances does not take the hurt away.
My oldest daughter is on the spectrum and has a lot of trouble with frustration and anger. When she doesn’t get what she wants or has a natural consequence for a certain behavior, the FIRST thing she does is attack me or her siblings. Usually with words, but sometimes she gets physical. Up until now it’s been easy to tell the younger ones to ignore her and let it go, but recently my middle daughter has really had her feelings deeply hurt. It breaks this mama’s heart. That toothpaste just won’t go back in anymore.
It’s a constant battle to help her understand the consequences for her words and actions in a rage, but I know that setting a good example myself is the best way for her to learn.