I am aware its already the month of May and I am not sure why I cant finished writing this simple post which supposedly for autism awareness month in April.
Lets share our knowledge and at the same time..learn more about autism not only in April but anytime throughout the years.
Here what I have been writing and how we celebrated our autism awareness month this year.
The Month of April
The United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day on April 2nd every year and the whole world celebrates April as World Autism Awareness Month.
April is a special months to understand and learn more about autism. Autism-friendly events and educational activities take place throughout the month to increase understanding and acceptance and foster worldwide support.
Light it up Blue!
I don’t really have plan for Autism Awareness day or Month for this year except for collecting pictures from friends and families wearing blue attire as support to the special occassion besides sharing information in the social media.
Music bring us together
Its just sad that the world today is facing difficulties fighting the invisible enemies, Covid-19. And just like most part of the world, Malaysia implemented control order (MCO) whereas everyone has to stay home.
Being at home, not much to do I got inspired by many compilation music videos i have received and seen in social media. I thought to myself..’why not do something different this time?”
I was searching for the right song and I have a dream by ABBA seems to be perfect. It has beautiful and meaningful lyric.
I started asking friends and family who wants to join and do the video with me and gave them their line to sing. Some say yes immediately and i keep on searching and asking those who are willing.
At the same time I asked others for their picture wearing blue for the photos collections. I must say i never felt asking for support such as requesting photos can be difficult, a friend even told me she don’t have any family on the spectrum. Or its just a simple miscommunication, probably need a formal request in the future.
I have been rejected in terms of businesses proposal but never simple request like this. But i determined to do this project, not only for my teenage son but also for everyone on the spectrum.
When emotions runs high
Have you ever felt so smart yet stupid at the same time? It happened when I tried my luck asking our Malaysian legendary singer, Ms. Francissca Peter to collaborate. What was I thinking? I wasnt sure if she agreed at that time.
Everyone started sending in their videos including Ms. Francissca Peter. I was so excited and worried at the same time.
Making the video was the best learning experience, as it can be frustruating sometimes especially when I cant figure out how, why and what about the video editing. Its a try and error method, and as a result it is a beautiful video I ever created.
I have a dream
I have a dream, you have a dream…lets make it come true!
Enjoy this simple yet meaningful video💙💙💙
Thank you all for your support and visiting this blog. Will try to update again soon.
Trimming his hair during the weekend, his hair grow so fast. Looking at him sitting there reminds me how hard it was few years back.
Long time ago when he was younger, having to bring him to to get his hair cut has always been a challenge.It was easier to cut/trimmed his hair when he was younger but as he was bigger, I am afraid Im going to give him a bad hair cut (which i did) and its troublesome to do hair cut at home.
The Sensory Problem
Our first attempt to get him a hair cut was at a salon when he was 6 or 7 years old. I thought bringing him to a salon, lady stylist will be a good help instead he had a meltdown, scream and tried to throw a chair.Having sensory problem makes him hates of the sound of the electronic hair trimmer.The smells of shampoo, hair dye and lots of liquid items related to hair treatment can probably affected their sensory.Some salon has lots of picture, decor, color that are very attractive but too striking for those with sensory problem. So I had to continue giving him hair cut at home while he watches the tv or use handphone for distraction.
The Environment and Location
Probably at the age of 10, we decided to bring him to a barber shop, the barber was an old man and the shop were very quite and not many people at the time. When he was sitting down, i remember my heart beat so fast and I prayed that he will sit still…and yes he did. It was a success!After the success story, we continue to get his hair cut at the same barber shop and even if the shop were full, we will patiently wait for our turn.Why he prefer barber than salon? The answer is..the environment …not much smell..not much visual distraction…its just plain SIMPLE.
Little Step at a Time
So yes that struggle is real but little step we make and the little step they take is a victory.
Not like before going to the same barber shop, now we can choose any barber shop convenient, as long as its a barber shop.
For parents with special needs, why dont you share with me your child’s hair cut experience.
Glowing skin and radiant energy are outward signs of a happy, healthy person. However, you don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars on a personal trainer, and you can avoid those high dollar doctor’s visits. Anyone can achieve their best health with a few changes to their daily habits and routine care. Let’s talk about a few of these easy and low-cost tips.
Hydration Is the Key to Success
One of the easiest and cheapest things to do for your health, and one of the most overlooked, is just to simply drink water. University Health News lists a few of the many benefits, ranging from an increase in energy and endurance to disease prevention. A common rule of thumb is to drink at least eight glasses of water a day to stay properly hydrated. If you struggle to drink enough water or don’t actually like water very much, you can flavor your water with lemon slices, berries, or herbs like mint and basil. No matter how you take your water, the effects will be quickly apparent in your energy levels and skin.
Love the Skin You’re In
Speaking of skin, did you know that it your skin is an organ? Its job it to protect the important parts of you that hide beneath the surface. Healthy skin can prevent nasty germs from entering your bloodstream. Keep your skin healthy by keeping it clean and moisturized. Another benefit of prioritizing skin health is that you will look younger and feel better about your appearance, and that can give you a self-esteem boost!
No Gym Required
Exercise is important to keep your body healthy, energy levels high, skin glowing, and diseases at bay. Oftentimes, the word “exercise” conjures up an image of intense marathon-style cardio or maxing out reps with heavy weights. While those are great hobbies, that level of intensity is not required to maintain your health. You also don’t have to spend any money on a gym membership or fancy equipment — there are a lot of ways to exercise for little to no cost. You can go for a walk (or run) outside or create your own routine using exercises like jumping jacks, pushups, and sit-ups. You can also use a lightweight, portable streaming stick TV device to help you log into on-demand workouts or apps with different routines every day, and you can even take it with you when traveling so you never miss a session! Remember, regular exercise goes a long way to maintain your health and prevent future disease or illness.
In addition to diet and exercise, it is important to always schedule routine checkups with your primary care physician. Prevention and early detection are important tools, and your doctor can best help you monitor your health, especially if you are a senior. While these visits can run up a pretty high bill, you can offset this cost with the right insurance. Insurance plans change year to year, so be sure to examine your current coverage to ensure you are getting all the benefits you can. If you are a senior on Medicare, you may want to look into the Medicare Advantage plans to extend your coverage and include important aspects like vision and dental care.
Don’t Forget About Your Teeth
Dental care may not be the first thing you think of when you think of a health checklist. However, according to Harvard Medical School, oral health is directly linked to the health of your heart. Studies show that those who have poor oral health are more at risk for heart disease or stroke. Avoiding sugar, brushing your teeth twice daily, and flossing daily are all helpful habits to increase your dental hygiene. Just like it is important to see your doctor regularly, it is equally important to visit your dentist for routine cleanings and checkups. If your dentist is too expensive, look into other dental insurance options or change your dentist.
Taking The Small Steps
Taking small steps to learn healthy daily habits in addition to regular checkups are easy and cost-effective ways to stay healthy. When you are healthy on the inside, the outside reflects your health with glowing skin, radiant energy, and a happier version of you.
Article written by:our guest writer Ms. Jennifer McGregor of PublicHealthLibrary.org