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- ✴Behavior is communication✴
Communication is the exchange of thoughts, opinions or information by speech, writing or nonverbal expression. Language is communication using words – written, spoken or signed.
◾Sometimes children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) don’t seem to know how to use language, or how to use language in the same ways as typically developing children.
◾Many children with ASD use words and verbal strategies to communicate and interact, but they might use language in unusual ways.
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◾Many children with ASD behave in difficult ways, and this behaviour is often related to communication. These ways of communicating might include:
◾physically manipulating a person or object – for example, taking a person’s hand and pushing it towards something the child wants
◾pointing, showing and shifting gaze – for example, a child looks at or points to something he wants and then shifts his gaze to another person, letting that person know he wants the object
◾using objects – for example, the child hands an object to another person to communicate.
🔸For example, self-harming behaviour, tantrums and aggression towards others might be a child’s way of trying to tell you that she needs something, isn’t happy or is really confused or frightened.
⭐If your child behaves in difficult ways, try to look at situations from your child’s perspective to work out the message behind your child’s behaviour.
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You are even stronger than you realize. 💓 Take a moment to reflect on how far you have come, and how much you have overcome to get to this point.
As I sit here and upload referrals and insurance cards, I thought I'd share my thoughts after a long day in another Dr office. Maybe it doesn't matter to anyone but me but, I'd like to remember this day and all the days before it that made my family stronger and more loving than I'd ever imagined.
This picture is a developmental delay. This is sensory processing disorder. This is Autism. This is the spectrum of autism. Unlike any other child, his own notch on the line. This is speech delay. This is stereotypical movement disorder. This is memory retention issues. This is a brain cyst. This is ADHD. This is all his labels. All the thoughts and opinions of others. This is work. This is phone calls. This is travel. This is money we don't have. This is fear.
Above all of "this" is a love that most don't experience. Selfless love. Committed love that can defy odds. This is the most beautiful, kind, caring, sensitive, engaging child you'll ever know. He gives children around him hope. He shows what hard work and dedication can accomplish. He proves that a diagnosis isn't a life sentence. He helps parents understand that their journey doesn't begin or end at any one moment but, it's all encompassing. That we are privileged to be with these kids and learn about them and in turn ourselves. He is who you wish you were in line at the DMV. He is all of us and he is the ones we don't see. He is strength. He is compassion. He is courage. He is beauty. He is LOVE.
Sawyer has brought me to my knees in prayer to a God I don't even know, to a school system that challenges me and to a healthcare system that would allow him to be overlooked. He makes me a warrior. He makes me stop and consider every step. He is what makes life beautiful. He's not simple or easy but, eye opening and exciting.
He is going to change the world. Maybe not your world but definitely mine and those who are lucky enough to know him. Our world is better with him and all the children like him. #teamSawyer #asd #adhd #spd #autism #developmentaldelay #speechtherapy #autismmom #untilallthepiecesfit #parentadvocate #advocateforyourchild #autismawareness #kindnessovereverything #specialneeds #crunchymama
Children diagnosed with autism actually evolve those around them in powerful and profound ways!
#発達障害 #発達障害児ママ #自閉症スペクトラム #自閉症スペクトラム子育て #アスペルガー症候群 #ASD #adhd疑い #療育
These are my crazy boys. A box robot 🤖 and a ninja spy. My ninja was diagnosed with Autism right after his 3rd birthday. At the time we felt prepared for the diagnosis and braced ourselves for what that meant. That little ninja changed our whole lives. He gave us a new way to think and showed us how strong we are. Not much of it has been easy. My husband and I have been stretched as thin as we can go on 10000000s of occasions. We live a life of survival but each day is worth it for this ninja and robot. My little robot will begin testing for ASD in the next couple of months. I won’t lie, it has really shaken my husband and I to be going through many of the same things for a second time. These two are so different but yet similar. As parents we worry non-stop about them. We could really use some of your thoughts and prayers as we move forward in this process. Please share if you have gone through a similar experience. #autism #autismawareness #autismmom #autismstrong #asd #autismspeaks #autismacceptance
Visualising vs taking action in parenting - what's more important?
Yesterday, I wrote one of my Holistic & Intuitive Translation reports of a precious one's Speech Pathology assessment.
One of my recommendations was for her lovely mum to VISUALISE her daughter interacting from the heart as she has some social difficulties.
The mum wondered if that meant taking any action? So here was my response. "So yes, by visualising, I mean literally just visualising. What we believe/think/expect is what we create, which I've seen in mums who can't believe their child will eat greens to believing their child might move through food sensitivities, not be picked on or even just being able to have a more open heart. I have done it myself for all of them too!
The mainstream world focuses on 'our child will not change so we just need to work around this' (eg. intellectually teach them strategies to interact more socially), which then leads us to forget we could dream bigger for our child and hold them in their highest light.
This is just the start of course and what we then focus on is the 'how' in taking important steps to then guide our children to more heart-based responses/thoughts/beliefs themselves. Eg. 'can you feel mum's heart is sad right now?', 'Come back to your heart and then let's think about what to say to them...' Once our children come back to their heart space they naturally respond from the heart, we don't need to teach them so much. It's more 'how to guide them back to their heart' which is the first part.
So step 1 would be to see what happens when you aim to visualise *Jane in her heart and responding kindly, thoughtfully or doing anything that comes to you (that might be the opposite of what she does now) - a heart-based action (Eg. giving you a hug if you feel sad). I guide mums through it in more detail with the scenarios that come up for them in my sessions." It's these scenarios that are helping me to download 'The New Way', heart to heart parenting and seeing the MASSIVE impact it has when we focus in connecting our hearts with our children's, opening our own hearts further... more in comment
Can you guys be praying for my heart and for my son this week.
This incredible kid started meds tonight. And this medicine is serious stuff.
Both Dan and I have been weepy messes whenever we talk about it.
This is all new to us and not something we are entering into lightly. It’s just really really hard to know who to trust and what to do and what loving him looks like in order to help him thrive in life. Just pray for our hearts and his body. #asd #anxiety
A reward after a semi long day. Barely meeting his daily goal.
Crumbling up his homework, that when he did it only took 2.5 seconds. Helping him through self sabotage because he was upset with his self. Then coming back into the room to him helping with his laundry no questions asked.
Some days are more tough than others but this evening has been quite smooth given his day.
Now learning how to play pool with Gma.
It’s more hard to teach a lefty than we expected!
Here’s to practicing and learning new things!
#ASD #ADHD #DailyGoals #SelfRegulation #SelfReflection #SweetBoy #GmasPromise
My sock folding champ. Little does he know it’s a work in motor skills and FOCUS! We increased OT to 2 times a week to help out with dexterity and also FOCUS/hyperactivity and impulsiveness, which is causing problems in school. Sock folding helps him by sticking with a difficult task enough to see it through. He ended up rolling around the ground unable to sit still while doing it, but he got it done! #adhd #asd #spd #momblog #momblogger
A little light reading with my carrot and celery juice tonight. 🤓
Not really. I’ve actually been pretty stressed the last few days. We’ve got some stuff going on with Eddie that we’re working through with our doctor right now.
Sometimes I wish my days were filled with the mundane...whatever that is. Where my brain wasn’t constantly in overdrive. Where I didn’t have this panicky weight sitting in my chest. Or in my gut. It’s kinda just all over the place, like a dull ache you live with for so long, you forget it’s even there.
As I was reading intently on the couch tonight, Ella walked over, took her hands and brushed them down her face as she told me to “erase all of my worry, and bring back the happy.” 😭 That sweet girl. How I love her so. She’s intuitive, and I know her life hasn’t been easy in all of this either.
So anyway, I managed to pick up an herbal remedy today and booked an appointment with a homeopath in the UK we’ll see via skype. I’ll call that a win.
We also have another appointment scheduled with another doctor, later this week, who’s out of state. Again, zoom conference for that one.
We’re always adjusting. Always learning. It often feels like a never-ending uphill climb, but I know when we reach our summit someday, the view will be indescribable.
Only my heart will have the words. 💖
#nevergiveup #alwayslearn #justkeepswimming #speakyourtruth #asd #panspandas #inflammation #autoimmune #brainhealth #guthealth #celeryjuice #drinkyourveggies #autismlife #autismjourney #autismmom #autismfamily #healthegut #functionalmedicine #homeopathy #herbalmedicine #naturalliving #holistichealth #autismrecovery #healthyliving #honestmotherhood #dailyparenting #holisticmama #wildandfreefamily #healthykids #healthyfamilies
I'd like to learn to ski!
Much like a game of Chess, communication requires forward thinking. Sophisticated communicators speak and behave how they imagine others will interpret their intention. We cannot control how someone interprets (understands and makes sense of) our intentions, but if we can predict how they may interpret our message, this will help us select the right words and message delivery.
For many of us, our brains are wired to do this rapidly, and without having to even consciously think about it (most of the time). However, for many of our clients who require help in the area of Social Cognition, this is a complex task. They may be described as 'thinking in the now' or 'speaking in the moment'. Speech Therapy employs Social Thinking techniques to explicitly discuss and help individuals practise this skill for better social competency.
Repost but I needed to read this today and figured you might too. 💕
Today was one of those days. We got the results back from your PPCD speech assessment. They evaluated your ability to communicate. If your delays in speech and communication were significant enough, you’d be eligible to attend the special-needs classroom. I knew without a shadow of a doubt that you would qualify. Still, it hit me kinda hard when the speech therapist called back with the results. You scored in the 1st and 2nd percentiles for the two speech and communication tests. The bottom of the scale. “The gap is quite severe,” she said.
You know what Charlie? Those tests are stupid. Albert Einstein said, “If you judge a fish by its inability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid.” I wish they would have evaluated your amazing ability to sort objects by size and color! I wish they’d evaluate your creativity when playing with blocks and the shapes you make. I wish they would evaluate your ability to make high towers and be so delicate when doing so. I wish they would evaluate your great taste in music.
Your inability to communicate and speak doesn’t define you. Autism doesn’t define you. You are unique, and you can do so much more than they saw at first glance. Let’s just forget about the numbers and focus on what you can do. I have a feeling that one day you will show them—one day you will tell them what you can really do. [ My book available for pre-order. Link in bio.]
When people don’t understand that you don’t get social cues and sometimes say something that could be seen as offensive. #ASD #iykyk
In case no one has told you yet today, you are amazing and you are loved. 💓
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It's true. You are perfect just as you are...
Through all your phases, at every stage.
Regardless of how your pain caused you to behave.
Forgive yourself it's okay to let go,
Release your grip and let life flow.
For love and approval you have searched far and wide,
What you seek is within you - there is no need to hide.
No matter what has happened in the past, and with all that you've been through,
YOU are perfect through and through.