My little boy, you are growing up so fast. I try to hang on and let you grow in sweet balance. Your baby cheeks and dimples remind me of how little you once were, and how that time feels so long ago. I want you to explore the world, to make new friends, to learn … Continue reading When You Hold My Hand
For over two years my life has been all about Early Intervention and now that it’s over, I feel so very lost. This post has taken me awhile to write. I have so many emotions about transitioning my son from Early Intervention to Preschool that I really needed time to organize my thoughts. For over … Continue reading Who Am I Without EI?
Children with Sensory Processing Disorder Can Be Sensory Seekers or Defensive, or Both. Children with Sensory Processing Disorder can be sensory seekers or defensive, or both. In the simplest of terms, children with SPD struggle with regulating their senses. In an effort to normalize what they are feeling, children will modify their play and actions … Continue reading Sensory Seeking vs. Sensory Defensive
Sensory Processing Disorder is more than difficulty coping with bright lights and loud noises. The clinical definition, according to WebMD is “a condition in which the brain has trouble receiving and responding to information that comes in through the senses. Formerly referred to as sensory integration dysfunction, it is not currently recognized as a distinct … Continue reading What is Sensory Processing Disorder?
Children on the spectrum often have challenges expressing and understanding emotions. The subtle social cues, that we take for granted, can be met with confusion or missed entirely. Teaching emotions isn’t like learning to count or identifying colors. Using multiple reinforcements through play and social stories is the approach that helped my son. Through Early … Continue reading Teaching Feelings To Children On The Spectrum
Musical Munchkin provides wonderful opportunity for toddlers to learn play and socialization skills. Socialization and pretend play are often difficult concepts for many children on the Autism Spectrum, and our Early Intervention teachers urged us to get involved in a play group to further work on these skills. Musical Munchkins seemed like it might work … Continue reading Learning Play & Socialization Through Musical Munchkins
An embarrassing moment changed to fun through my son's hilarious antics. Sometimes I get so wrapped up in my To-Do lists that I forget to just be silly and enjoy the day. Despite all of our daily struggles and tears, my son always makes me laugh and reminds me to take it easy. Simon never … Continue reading Keeping Perspective And Humor
Using Redirection and Replacement techniques have reduced barrier behaviors. As discussed in my previous article, some Stims (Self Stimulating Behavior) can create barriers to learning. Some children also use stims to block out the world around them when things become too overwhelming. Through Early Intervention, we learned lots of techniques that have helped reduce barrier … Continue reading Reducing Barrier Stims
Early Signs of Self-Stimulating Behavior In my previous post, I discussed our experience with repetitive behaviors, Stims, that help calm and soothe. But Stims can also develop as a means of escape and further prevent development. Escape/Barrier Stims: Simon's first Stim emerged when he was still just a baby. He mouthed objects obsessively. So much … Continue reading Not All Stims Are Created Equal (Part 2)
Early Signs of Self-Stimulating Behavior. Before we started Early Intervention with Simon, my knowledge of Stims (Self-Stimulating Behavior) was limited to what I observed in TV shows and movies. Based on those portrayals, I thought all children with Autism either hand flapped or spun in circles. THIS is why awareness is so important; to help … Continue reading Not All Stims Are Created Equal (Part 1)