The reason i write about autism is to spread awareness. I don’t like to label ‘disability’ ‘normal’ ‘smart’ ‘slow learner’ ‘special’ ‘gifted’ or any kind of names you want to use. ‘Unique’ that’s what we are, we are different from each other.
As parents, i will never stop learning.. never! I will keep on doing research, learn, adapt and if i fail, i will try again, same method or different method. Will always learning and try new things.
I believe i make teachers hard times, i query them, disagree with them but eventually i gain nothing. So i decided not to fight but to join hand. At home, my son can do certain work that he unable to do so in school and like wise, teacher can teach him to do activity, such as loom band which i surrender to teach him. Its a win-win situation.. its not who won? parents or teachers .. but how a child can learn.. their unique way with parents and teachers help.
Here are good video on youtube that will help, us parents and teachers on how to teach kids with high functioning autism.
If you google in the internet, you can find lots of answer on ‘what is autism’, you will get .. “.. development disorder,.. brain problem,.. brain disorder, ..problem in interaction.. the list goes on. I cannot give specific answer on this but, in my opinion ‘Sensory Integration’ is the best way to describe autism.
We are use to label people when there are differences, special kid, special need, slow learner or whatsoever comes into our mind. Are we are normal? what is your definition of ‘normal’ exactly? We are born uniquely different from each other, even identical twins have their own differences.
I am no expert but being a mother, you have no choice but to be your own expert, run your own research, learn as much as you can and act on what you think is best. It is always a challenge having ‘mild autistic’ child but i cannot imagine being in their shoes, it must be pretty difficult.
What should you do if your child diagnosed as autistic?
It is hard to accept and you begin to questions everything, you start questions yourself.. ‘why’? and you questions God ..”why me”? Indeed, the most painful experience one parents don’t want to go through but somehow we need to accept it. I was in denial at first but when i realized that there are interventions, therapy and many resources are available these days.
“Do not fear people with Autism, embrace them, Do not spite people with Autism unite them, Do not deny people with Autism accept them for then their abilities will shine”― Paul Isaacs
Dear parents, there are reasons for everything in life. Don’t look back and feel bad on what you did but move forward and seek what can you do. Here some information that may help you in dealing with your child sensory integration’s problem.
WEBSITE ON AUTISM
PLAY AND EDUCATION RESOURCES
If you tired, take a rest. If you sad, just cry and let it out. If you angry, write it how you feel. But one thing you should not do is to NEVER GIVE UP HOPE!
According to Additute magazine, art therapy is a process of drawing and painting that helps to improve the wellbeing of children. It is explained that through art, children can express themselves, which helps to address emotional and behavioral problem, as well as stress.
I was reading HerWorld, issue Oct 2014 and i came across an interesting topic regarding Arts for children. Ms. Leong Min See, a creative arts therapist and trainer, shares four ways parents scan help their children through art.
As much as my children loves arts, Ms. Leong suggestions on the art activities open my mind more. This is what we can do for different needs.
Parents can design an arts activity to enhance the child’s learning abilities in reading, writing and concentration. For example, ask the child to draw the family or a park, and then write a few sentences or a composition related to it.
Parents can design an arts activity to enhance the child’s emotional intelligence (EQ), including managing different emotions and problem solving. For example, ask the child to use a paper plate to make masks with different emotions, e.g. wear the angry mask, talk about angry feelings and how to cope with it.
Parents can design an arts activity to enhance the child’s communication, interpersonal and empathic skills. For example, parents can use picture books to talk about friendship. Then, ask the child to draw out what happens in different situations, e.g. draw a scene of what you can do if your friend asks you to do something that will annoy you. After that, role play with the child. This will teach the child how to cope with bullying.
Parents can design an arts activity to allow the child to express herself fully. For example, let the child draw or color whatever comes to her mind. You could also ask her to close her eyes and scribble, then open them, look at the scribble, add lines, circles and whatever shapes she likes, and make it into a drawing. then, talk about the drawing. The child can also use play dough to make art work and talk about it.
My kids loves arts and i love it when they do arts but i don’t really like the mess after the art finish. I might need to gives rules on cleaning after art. Meanwhile i will follow the tips given .. i can’t wait to start. I hope you enjoy your art time with your children.