There are so many fabulous blog posts about Autism and Aspergers that I discover each week I thought it was time to showcase them.
1. A guest post at Special Education Advisor about Seven Things I Wish Someone had Told Me When My Daughter Was First Diagnosed with Autism
This is so true:
“You are going to meet some amazing people who are walking this road right with you.”
I’m so very thankful and grateful for all the wonderful people I have met during this awe-tism journey. The other 6 things are all stuff I wish I knew when Heidi was first diagnosed.
2. Erin at The Zoo Train is talking about the challenges of finding the right Christmas Gift for a child with Autism.
“The next problem is Age Appropriateness. Now I don’t really get on the boat that says that my child should play with things that are age appropriate just because it’s socially acceptable…he is who he is and we love him that way. But it does break my heart to see him not fit in with his peers…”
This I can relate to so much, both Annie and Heidi want to play with baby toys still, I let them at home because it makes them happy but when they are choosing toys to take to school I encourage taking something age appropriate.
3.Leah Kelly wrote about If and When Strategies: the power of language in parenting.
The word if is so amazingly potent: it can take a logical consequence and turn it into a threat or a power struggle with a child.
This is a timely reminder for me as I struggle with 8yo Annie’s behavioural issues and try to find respectful ways to resolve our conflicts.
4. A great post at AS Parenting that made me think Are You Standing In Their Way?
We strive to teach our girls independent skills, but sometimes it is so much easier to do it for them, however the last sentence resonated with me and reminded me why I have to keep letting them do it themselves…
“part of having a self-advocating, autonomous adult is allowing them to make their own mistakes, teaching them skills to increase their independence and allowing them to make their own decisions.”
YOU CAN FIND AS PARENTING ON TWITTER.
5. Thanks to @BenisonAnne on twitter for linking to this book review post after reading my post asking for help finding books about puberty:
Designed for children aged five to eighteen years, it includes simply-worded stories, visuals and hard and fast rules about what is right and wrong.
YOU CAN FIND AUTISM HANDBOOK ON TWITTER.
I decided instead of letting someone tell me where my boys are supposed to be, I’m going to learn to be happy with where they are now. I’m going to help them to learn at their paces. I’m going to teach them the most important lessons in the world: Love, Hope, and Compassion.
I read Unsubscribed… with tears in my eyes, because that was me, tracking Heidi’s progress and my heart breaking when she didn’t tick the boxes, going to the maternal and child health nurse visits and finding out more milestones we were not reaching. Then one day discovering the freedom of letting it all go, living by our own set of milestones and rejoicing in them.