Monthly Archives: January 2020

Building Bonds That Last

Welcome to 2020! It’s not just a brand new year, it’s a brand new decade. We are all looking to better ourselves and build long lasting relationships. Although making new friends can be hard for many of us, it can especially be hard on a child with autism.

Children with autism have a complex nature that is hard for most professionals, parents and teachers to understand, so imagine how hard it is for them to understand the proper way to interact with other children in ways that would create strong bonds.

Due to lack of awareness, teasing and bullying have become major problems at school and affect many children who have been diagnosed with autism. It is important to help your child learn the best ways to react to unkind words and criticism; and to know the difference between constructive criticism, teasing, bullying and play. Remember to keep your child’s temperament, age, and level of communication in mind when working on strategies that can help them through difficult interactions.

Begin by teaching your child self-control to help even out their temperament. Teach them the importance of keeping their cool and reading situations properly. The first thing to focus on is the prevention of lashing out physically when confronted with a difficult situation. It is important for them to learn how to use their words and to control their energy level.

Teaching your children that it is important to take time to think about a response and to assess their situation is a valuable lesson and will allow them to fully process the situation. Work with your child on how to differentiate possible situations and how to read social ques. They should ask themselves questions like: 

  1. Was the comment they heard truly provoking?
  2. Was it a joke?
  3. Are they in danger or being bullied There are many ways that social 

There are many ways that social interactions occur. Being able to read the situation properly is very important. 

Sometimes a simple “Excuse me” or “that wasn’t very nice” is a great responses to social situations that mean no harm. Telling a teacher or parent about a situation where they are getting teased or bullied before starting a fight or reacting in a temperamental way is a good way to handle a potentially more harmful situation. It is very important to understand and determine what an appropriate response to any situation would be and to discuss these responses or role play possible scenarios with your child.

Role play allows you to show your child examples of situations that may happen and practice different scenarios when your child is calm and able to process information. Social stories with visuals are also great tools to showcase different types of social interactions and how they can play out. Making a game out of your social stories can be fun as well. Create several versions of the same scenario and allow your child to pick from a list of options on how they would respond. Depending on what they pick, you can change the ending to reflect the consequences of their answers. This will show them both verbally and visually how their actions can affect how others respond. 

In the end you want to make sure that your child is well rounded, happy and safe and able to interact appropriately with others.

 

What are your New Year’s Resolutions in 2020?

This is not just a brand new year, this is whole new decade. I’m sure we are all thinking about how to improve our lives. We are working on manifesting what we want for ourselves, our families and our kids in the year to come. This is the time of year that we are even more determined and motivated than ever to become better versions of ourselves. With that in mind we wanted to share some of the resolutions we have heard others making to start 2020 off right!

Here goes: 

  1. Be more active,drink more water, and be more mindful of healthy nutrition so that I can be at your best all year long!
  2. Spend a little more time on myself and with my spouse or my friends without feeling guilty that I’m choosing to spend a little more quality time on myself and my health.
  3. Try to see the world through my child’s eyes and try to understand their needs from their perspective
  4. Help my child develop areas of growth and so they can turn them into strengths
  5. Get more involved in the autism community.
  6. Help spread awareness of autism and seek out more informational support.
  7. Become the strongest advocate for my child and for the autism community.
  8. Help raise money and/or donate time to grow and strengthen autism awareness
  9. Take things one day at a time.

What are some of the resolutions you 

have made this year? Let us know!! We’d love to hear what motivates you. Ours are simple. 

Our new year’s resolution is to make sure we offer the best possible service and therapy to our clients. We resolve to work with our families to make their lives better day by day and to help them through their struggles and answer any questions they may have. We vow to spread awareness.

Happy 2020 everyone! May this year be a successful year for all of us, both personally and professionally!