As a child psychologist working in the field of autism, I often get asked by parents whether or not they should tell their children about their diagnosis. My answer is almost always an emphatic, “Yes.”
Helping your child connect to interesting volunteer opportunities builds a bridge for them to enter the social arena. Non-profit organizations thrive on volunteers and are often excited to have people show up to help. This provides a positive environment for them to learn, grow and hopefully succeed.
Kids with sensory challenges experience the world in a unique way. Whether kids feel uncomfortable with touching sticky stuff, are grossed out by experiencing new textures or are simply frightened by the thought of an unfamiliar activity, fall is a great season to include pumpkins in some sensory fun and learning .
When my son was diagnosed with autism at four, my husband and I sought the advice of every "expert" we were recommended to: doctors, therapists, psychologists, etc. But there was one problem with these professionals that left a big gap in our pursuit for the best support for our son–they weren't autistic. I grew tired of the media stories about what I should or should not be doing as a parent of an autistic child. Avoid...
As a speech/language pathologist, I became aware of the many opportunities to enhance a child’s speech/language skills through the practice of yoga. Children can actively learn directional terms such as “in front/in back, next to, top/back, middle, right and left”. Social language skills are enhanced by introductions/comments during icebreaker activities and partner poses. Mindful listening games promote auditory awareness, discrimination and joint attention. Children improve body awareness and imitation skills while moving into different postures. They also increase awareness of the different parts of their body.