To walk by night and stare into the beautiful cosmos is to see by the brightest lights. All of them. An entire cosmos in the small lenses of my eyes. The day's blue ceilings and piercing gaze direct earth's eyes downward to examine itself and never look up for too long. Never see anything but this day and this month and this year pointed at the sun. Until the purple gates of dusk reveal the calm, captivating, and soothing acceptance revealed by the immense depth of wonderful Starlight and the room it makes for An Autistic Man!
Our ZONES Shape Wall Signs come in 4 versions: Full Color, Color pics & Color words on white, Color pics & black words on white, full black and white version ✅ follow link above to download ⬆️🌟 #simplymotorskills
Make your wall signs into hand held stick signs to quickly gain attention to Zones. Praise OR warn students if they’re getting in OR out of green zone. Print and tape to stick. Link to download ⬆️🌟 #simplymotorskills
Children with Autism can sometimes find the festive season challenging. There are lots of new sights, sounds, smells, and unpredictability which can cause anxiety. I will be posting some Top Tips for a Autism Friendly Christmas.
TOP TIP #1 : Decorations and Lights
Involve your child in the decorating process and listen to their suggestions. Some children with Autism can find it distressing to be around too much visual distraction, especially twinkling/flashing lights. Set any lights you do have to a stable setting, rather than a flashing one.
As well as a nice family activity, involving your child in the decorating process can reduce feelings of unpredictability that could occur if they wake up to a home very different to the one they went to sleep in.
💛 KIDS MINDFULNESS WORKSHOP 💛
Does your child suffer from anxiety?
If so, have you ever thought about giving mindfulness a go?
The workshop will run in 2 parts over JAN and FEB.
We will provide education and lots of child friendly practical tips to help reduce anxiety and stress for the whole family.
The workshop is strictly limited to small numbers so be sure to get in quick if you're interested!
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This is how our 1-page poster is displayed in my therapy room. Glued it onto black construction paper and laminated it. Students mark their Zone with a clothespin. Click on profile link for website to download PDF ⬆️🌟 #simplymotorskills
Make easy to read and understand visual reminders on the Zones program. Small enough to tape into student folders, attach to student desks, and display at student work stations. Add your student’s name to clothespin for them to mark their current Zone. Can be used in classroom, therapy clinic, or home. Download by clicking on profile link above and find this post ⬆️🌟#simplymotorskills
Chewigem twister bangle. One of the first chewigems I bought and now I have four; two black, one blue and one glow in the dark. I bought a spare black incase I lost mine as I take it out and about a lot for a bit of subtle chewing and fidgeting. It's very thin and very flexible. Suitable for a light chewer who prefers something less bulky for a nibble. If I need a good chew or to calm down I don't use this. I don't chew this hard as I know I'll bite through it, but it is nice to hold in my teeth or lightly bite on the go. It's a great fidget for twisting around when I'm sat at a table talking or standing in a queue to help me pass the time and stay calm. I sometimes wear the glow in the dark one to bed because glow in the dark fun never gets old to me! I'd like a red one at some point. Although they're reasonably discreet they do look a bit girlie and childish so I've been asked why I'm wearing a toy (but only once) so I usually favour the flip bangle if I'm going to be with people I know. Or I'll wear the tread bangle if I'm somewhere casual enough that I can say I like it because it's motorbikey. The blue and glow in the dark colours are lovely and bright and the black is solid. The twister is a matt chew so it's soft and doesn't squeak and it's super flexible. I like it 💚
In a world where we are judged by,
how we look
what we wear
what we feel
how we think
what we say
and why we do things,
being loved for who we are is such a precious feeling.
Beautiful words by @tommycotton
Who else finds it hard to sit and read a book without their mind wondering or falling asleep? Weighted blankets supply deep pressure to the nervous system releasing chemicals to increase attention and focus allowing you to immerse yourself in your book, your studies and your homework!
Today I would like to go back to the concept of “flow” because I am very keen to explore in more detail how autistic individuals experience this state. While I am aware that some individuals might find it quite easy to get into the ”flow” state, for others, focusing on one small thing can be very difficult. Why? Sometimes it can be hard for a person with autism to filter all the small and big things in their environment. Therefore, they may find it difficult to stay in the moment and just focus on one thing. Yet, when they are eventually able to get into the ”flow” they report experiencing something magical. I would really like to find out how you experience flow? Please leave comments below👇 or share your posts with me by tagging me to your posts. To do that use #happiness4autism hashtag 👍.
This is progress. Please don’t judge me for sharing this picture and story because i wish i had someone sharing this with me over the past few years so i wouldn’t have spent so many horrible hours scolding mason and flipping out because he wasn’t potty trained. I didn’t know what was happening and now i Understand, so hopefully this will help another parent who finds themselves in my shoes 👉🏾We spent the last 3 years trying to potty train Mason. There were a lot of tear, frustration, confusion. When we got an evaluation late this summer and discovered our son had #SensoryProcessingDisorder things started to make more sense. We kept trying to potty train him, but with the diagnosis finally backed off and just accepted that maybe it wasn’t going to happen at this point in life. So we waited patiently and worked with him. We just got super clear with letting him know he could potty anywhere he wanted & our little travel potty went everywhere with us. Literally on hikes if needed. As we began to understand sensory issues, we learned that for him smells are really intense, so going into bathrooms is hard for him. Restaurants are also hard because of intense noise, so asking him to potty in a restaurant...forget about it. By bringing his little potty everywhere and me letting go of what strangers would think about me whipping out a potty in the parking lot of Walmart or letting Mason pee on a public lawn was a big part of it too. Hard to do because society definitely teaches you what’s appropriate and people did give me stink eye when Mason peed on trees in the park, but I just learned to ignore. The reward is now mason now can tell me when he has to go and he’s learned to listen to his body and sometimes that means when we walk in a stinky bathroom, we might need to turn around and walk out and I’ll whip out the travel potty. At least he can now identify and tell me why he can’t potty in a bathroom. the past there would have been so much confusion and shame as we would walk in a bathroom and then out and he would proceed to potty in his pants. So this picture represents progress and I hope it helps other parents have an a-ha moment.
🧤🧣BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE 🧣🧤I struggled so much to get my son dressed for the weather he screamed and when he was outside he screamed more. I couldn’t even shovel my driveway. As a single mom, I was exacerbated! He insisted on wearing ‘tiny pants’ (his word for shorts) and wasn’t getting his way. The whole neighborhood could hear him!!
5 tips for kiddos with sensory processing and autism condensed!
1. Prepare and practice putting in winter gear before it snows. Let him/her choose the outfit.(no matter how strange)
2. Communicate upcoming activities, allow choices as needed and always have a back up plan.
3. Enjoy time cooking, relaxing, watching Christmas movies, dancing to silly songs, decorate the tree
4. Keep it simple with winter wear - start with basic tagless basewear and later - i discovered my son hated boots! Who knew?
5. Little bursts of outside time works best to transitioning.
The days are long - but the years fly by!
This may just seem like any kid, blind folded about to smash (or miss! 😂) a piñata...
But to me, this is a champion over sensory processing disorder. A constant overcomer. Allowing someone else to put something on his face, that covers his eyes no less. Releasing control and just having fun. Using the bat for its proper purpose. With tons of other kids, and noises, and sugar and blue frosting. .
And he did it all so well. I could have cried. .
Happy birthday to our little buddies Blake and Gavin!! And thank you to our village who has rallied beside me to love and protect and help grow my little men. 💙
Three years ago, a mute, scared, timid teenager created a blog post to share the thoughts of my weird little mind, crying out for someone who understands.
Today, I got the absolute honour of meeting 150 beautiful ladybugs who I’m not only so proud to call my supporters, but my family.
I’m so thankful for every single one of you.
Welp.. I forgot to end the sale on this design! Soooo, they’re still on sale, but just for a few days more!!!
Check the link in our bio, we have plenty of styles and colors!
Shirt reads: love, kindness, compassion, and inclusion ♥️
Thank you @exceptionalelementary for supporting us + for loving inclusion!
#Sensory by age group. This is a great tool for all of you parents. Sensory includes sight, touch, taste, and sound (I may be missing one 🤷🏾♀️). Our kiddos with #autism and other special needs tend to have #sensoryissues and sometimes #sensoryprocessingdisorder . Which in laymen’s terms means that all of the moving parts of the world may be too much for our kiddos and can impact them physically and emotionally. If you want to know more, ask your medical provider. A lot of agencies have classes that educate parents. 💙
I am super excited abt the #chili I am making! No base or stock, just me and my flavors. I have #sensory issues so my sense of #smell is really heightened. This means I cook by smell. Even when I follow a #recipe I still modify it. There is no recipe involved here.
I apologize for my shaky voice - allergies have been rough the last couple of days. And bc of my #chronicillnesses I have to do lots of workarounds. I always set up a table for my cutting board so I can sit and chop. My hands don't work very well so I only chop #ingredients so small. But I like chunky textures in my food. If they need to be smaller I cut them as much as I can then cook them at a lower temp for longer to reduce their size. I sit and get up to stir. I chop food onto paper plates so they are never heavy. And I make things that take a while so I can rest while it cooks.
I would love to hear any special things y'all do so you can cook. Please let me know. And I hope my ideas help!
Activities of Daily Living! You cannot live with out them. They are the things you and I do every single day. Whether you know they are called ADLs for short or not, you are doing them.
When you have an #injury , illness or disease it can affect your life in traumatic ways (like having a #stroke or #traumaticbraininjury ) and it can affect it in minor, but still significant ways (like #arthritis#carpaltunnel or #backpain ). The affect these injuries have on our life changes the way we do everything. Lack of proper #ergonomics at work or at the #gym leads to worse body mechanics causing headaches, low back pain, kyphosis (“hunchback”) which then keeps you from having the strength, pain-free comfort and endurance to do grocery shopping, laundry, dishes, bathing, getting out of bed and eating limiting what you used to do and sending you down a painful path that is hard to recover from without the knowledge, training and support of friends, family, #therapists and #healthcare professionals.
#OT , #PT and #SLP make up the holy trinity of #Rehabilitation . We all contribute to our patients differently. You may need all 3️⃣ for #rehab and you may only need 1️⃣. OT gets you back, as close as possible, to doing all the #adl and IADLs on slide 3 that you’re used to doing.
Occupational Therapy treats patients for physical, cognitive and mental illnesses which includes managing all of the diagnoses and symptoms someone has from #sensoryprocessingdisorder to spastic quadriplegia to a sprained finger.
If you have ever done an ADL please share this post and let your network know about Occupational Therapy. It’s time the world knows! ✊ 🙌 ✊#occupationaltherapy#physicaltherapy#speechtherapy#otr#getwoke#therapy
Lesson is ready for the kids to come home to. Today's lesson of exploring and learning different fruits and vegetables. I don't like hiding fruits and vegetables in food unless there's a sensory issue like autism. Even then, give each child a sense of touch, texture, smell and feeling of great food. Show them that there should be no fear by Fun play.
It may take more then one lesson but please dont give up. Believe me You this is a mother talking from experience, 4 years later my youngest son manages to touch various fruits and vegetables and even some weeks tries a small amount in his mouth. He may well spit it out but its the small steps, consistency and routine you provide and show.
It was a huge challenge and will continue to be so. To be able to try some was a great achievement for an autistic child. Never say never.
What an amazing weekend we’ve had. Winchester Cathedral, ice skating, real lager and bratwurst, torrential rain, falling over on the ice saving Connie, wet clothes, Christmas tree buying and decorating and dinner today.
There’s been tears and tribulations. There’s been shouting and frustrations.
There’s been lots of laughter and amazing memorable moments. Arguments and stress, lots and lots and lots of avoidance. But I wouldn’t change any of it for the world.
My body is now broken and sore and bruised from the inside out. I am absolute shattered, as are the kids. But creating these memories, and now being able to push us all that little bit further with the correct strategies and the right understanding is the most amazing feeling.
There’s not a day goes by that I don’t wish my children didn’t have their struggles, the anxiety. But there’s also not a day that goes by where I won’t stop trying.
Just being on that ice with my three children and skating around with each one at a different point in their journey, a different point developmentally and being able to systematically change according to each of their needs is an amazing feeling.
@malibakerauthor I am so sorry that I didn’t make your amazing book launch! For River Baker and the warriors of Rala. I’m sure it was absolutely amazing as you’ve worked so hard.
And thank you to a very special lady, who’s been a friend for a long time and Baked some cakes this weekend with presents for kids, thank you so much! 💗🙌👊
Sleep has always been an issue for us and something we are ALWAYS looking for new methods and strategies to help Lil Ezzie have a good quality nights sleep! Our newest & favorite thing is the Project Nursery portable sound machine! It is awesome and easy to use! Ezra has already figured out how to use it and changes the music or white nose that he wants to go to sleep to and adjust the volume he wants! He likes it turned up loud and then lays it on his chest and the vibrations help calm him and fall asleep!! I was worried since holidays are here and we would be traveling for 3 weeks and i didnt know how id fit his other sound machine in our bags! This one is small and light weight! It also glows in the dark and has a timer on it if he needed!