Break through for an Autism child

It seems that everyday we learn or do something new with Antonio’s autism. He is constantly changing. Kids go through changes autistic or not. The question is why and how to deal with them. Sometimes I wonder where he even comes up with these things that he does. However, it makes me happy when there is a new habit he starts because I know that we are making small steps .

I often wonder even is autism? I still haven’t found the answer to this. I’m not sure I ever will either, all I know is my kid is “different”.” But he is the happiest of them all, so it makes my job slightly easier. He lights up the room and enjoys life. The doctor gives fancy definitions but since every single kid is different there isn’t no real reason why or what.

I noticed that music and tv makes Antonio the happiest! This is considered “self-stimulating.” This is basically what makes him happy. It is when there is a repetition of movements, sounds or objects. This is a great characteristic of autism. But when he is watching tv he seems calmer.

What I love is that lately he has found his own way to communicate.. He will go up to someone’s hand or shirt and pull on it. This is his way of getting someone to walk over to what he wants whether it’s food or a toy, etc. This makes my heart melt just a little inside and I LOVE IT!

I try to take him out and expose him to as much I can. When we are in stores and I let him walk he will often times stop and sit on the floor. It could be embarrassing for me not him, but in this scenario I pick him up and take him towards something of interest and say, get up walk, with a great patient voice.

I told myself when I found out that he was autistic I was given this because God believed I could do this, he wanted to give me a challenge; he knew I am strong and could handle it! So with that being said I make sure to try to be patient and strong with him, and even others.

So when you are our and about and there’s a different kid.. or even a mother rushing.. or a mother trying to gather her kids. Tell her she is doing a great job she will appreciate more than you know. If you a mother you understand the struggles.

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A Step by Step Guide for Grocery Shopping With an Autism Kid.

Whether you are just a mom, or a mom of an autism kid, you know that everything matters. They are like sponges and take in everything. You know that the little things do matter and before your little one turned into a toddler you documented everything. Now is not different.

Autism kids remember things and learn differently, and no kid is the same no matter who who they are. It is important to keep track of your kids progress, skills, and traits. I never realized things until my son was diagnosed with autism. Now when I meet with other people they ask questions “how did you know he was autistic”. I wish I kept track of my thoughts, feelings, and progress. I wish I kept track of his speech notes daily so that I could look back and be more organized as a mother. Let’s face it, we all wish for these things but time gets the best of us.

So here are a few quick things that I have been doing with Antonio and keeping track of. I like to get out of the house with Antonio as much as possible so it doesnt seem like a long day. In the store I let Antonio pick things off the shelf. If he isnt in the cart, I still let him pick things up and re arrange their shelfs. They might get mad at us, but we are learning. During this process I talk to him about what it is, the colors, everything. I pretty much document everything verbal. Part of being autistic is letting him take in everything.

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  • I let him put the stuff we are buying in the cart. This is a huge favorite of his. He sees me putting them in the shopping cart, so he wants to too! So whenever I get something I give it to him and tell him “put in” we know put in from speech very well so this is a must. He really likes this part and sometimes even tries to eat when he knows it something that he likes.
  • During all of this, I try to go to the store when there isnt much people around so that we don’t feel rushed, or embarrassed. Lets face it, we all have had the one person who takes up the whole aisle and is annoying.
  • I let him touch the screen at check out. I know this isnt ideal but he sees and hears the beeps going then sees me paying for it with my card, so he wants to help. I allow him to help out in any way that he can. Even if I just narrate a few things for him. I have to make sure he doesnt sneak anything else in the shopping cart this tim too!
  • Lastly, I let him have free range wherever we go and when I need to stop him I do. Sometimes he needs to play and explore all on his own. Other times we need narration and discipline I make sure to allow for both times so that he can process and take it all in.

Of course we sanitize when we get home but these things do very much better when you have an autimn kid they take every little thing in.

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The Terrible Twos and Autism

Lately, I have been wondering what is going on with my son, and not really in a negative way. He has autism, and we have known that for quite some time. But now he’s also two, so which is the reason for his current behavior?

I frequently over analyze and over think, so when something happens, I begin to wonder why. That’s the nature of the game.

The other day I was feeding Antonio, and one of our rules is that in order for him to eat he either has to sign more or say more. So since he wasn’t doing either, I gave in and gave him carrots. He threw the bowl. Then I came them back and found he had fed it to the dogs. What he wanted was his chicken. He wouldn’t eat his other food until he ate his chicken first.

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The kid LOVES his meat. It never used to be like this, but now he has to do things HIS WAY or no way. He is incredibly stubborn, and I have no idea where this comes from!

So I begin to think… Is this part of the autism or have we entered the terrible twos? Does it even matter? Probably not. I thought this was pretty humorous and didn’t care much at the end of the day. But I try to hide the fact that he has autism sometimes. This word is still new to me.

I don’t always know what is defined as autism and what isn’t. I just know that my kid is not a “normal” two-year-old and it’s going to take a little bit longer before he catches up. So I take a deep breath and just shrug it off.

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Autism weekly accomplishments

Each week, I like to share information about Antonio and his autism. This week I want to sort of take a step back and tell you about some of Antonio’s weekly accomplishments!

Autism diagnosis notwithstanding, it’s always important to notice the small baby steps and victories you see each day.

  • Antonio points now. This is a constant pointing he thinks it’s cool. I can see him smiling when he is pointing, feeling a sense of self-fulfillment. He points for small thing like a drink or toy and expects them when he does it. This is a good thing, a skill we have worked on for many weeks. My kid can be stubborn sometimes but this really showed a breakthrough!
  • He likes to take someone’s hand and walk with them to what he wants. There was a balloon on the table that he wanted, so he took his daddy’s hand brought him to the table and pointed. It’s tough that he still isn’t talking, but the fact that he has found other ways to communicate is incredible. As he is doing these things I make sure to talk and give him words of encouragement so that it sticks with him.
  • He loves playing hide and seek. Not that he didn’t before but he is totally loving opening a door and closing it then making us ask “Where’s Antonio?” and when we find him he giggles so hard. And then he quickly runs to the next door. It is the cutest thing ever and this is a new development.
  • We are slowing breaking bad habits. One of the habits we are trying to break is biting on his sippy cup. He used to chew through so many nipples and refused to use other cups. It’s been frustrating, because even if we watch him closely and remind him to stop chewing on it, he still ended up damaging it. We have encouraged him “put down” the sippy cup when he is done using it.
  • Playing with balls. He has loved balls for a little while now. But he loves to throw it and watch it bounce. This is one of the greatest things ever, for him. He will be amused with this for quite a lengthy period of time. We are currently working on helping him roll the ball, to show there are other ways to use a ball.
  • His eye contact has gotten better. He doesn’t look when we call him yet, but he definitely looks at us when we play together and I am in his face.
  • He sits for longer periods. When he is playing with a toy he likes, it can hold his attention for five minutes. I know it may not seem like a long time, but five minutes is a huge improvement.

We want to make sure that we are continuing to reward him when he accomplishes new things, reinforce good habits and continue striving for more improvement. A few of our upcoming goals include using verbal commands without the gestures he has been used to and getting him to use another sippy cup, one that doesn’t have a nipple.

He is super smart and knows what he can get away with. It’s been quite fun and entertaining to see him change each day!

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The top 10 Resources for Autism Children

When my son was diagnosed with autism I couldn’t find much information or tools to help us. I am always constantly learning and finding new ideas. I am glad to share it with others who are in similar situations. Here are some great resources for you and your family to enjoy!

 

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Why we changed our TV entertainment.

Since Antonio is autistic we had to change our way of doing things a little. The biggest thing was watching tv. What can he watch and when? If he throws a tantrum when I turn off the tv then he needs to understand that’s not okay.

He can watch tv I’m not going to take that away from him, but we are much more strategic in what he is watching. He can only watch it for one hour and that’s before bed time when he’s winding down and drinking his milk!

We stopped watching Mickey Mouse. He loves it period. However, he appreciates when he can watch it now much more than ever before. He recognizes Mickey loves him. He still lights up when he sees anything Mickey and recognizes it quickly.

We only allow one hour of tv a day that’s it! In that hour we watch Sesame Street or Curious George. At first neither of these interest Antonio, but it took sometime to get used to it and actually enjoy it. Here are a few reasons why we switched it over and loved it!

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Both of these shows were much more learning interactive and educational. We learned the letter of the day and what that letter could be used for in real life. It grabbed his attention for longer periods.

They have realistic problem solving. With Mickey they always relied on toodles where as here it was about finding ways to do things on your own. Curious George is a great example of this because of the fact that he wasn’t always smart but did problem solve.

They have really good catchy songs for learning. Antonio loves music and can instantly relate music to learning now. They have great catchy songs that are about learning .. “the letter of the day is.. “ we love that song and he instantly stops for it!

These shows holds my kids attention. Let’s face it, sometimes he is hard to please. Mickey did too but these ones hold it in a different way. With
Mickey he would get stimulated where as these ones were just about him watching it and sitting still.

These are both still cartoons but has everyday life lessons such as counting and letters and even daily routines etc. Your child can learn from them a lot, and I am happy that we have found these programs to learn from.

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Gut Health & Autism

As a health coach who specializes in families of children who have a “D” disorder (AADHD, ADD,SPD,OCD,ODD,ASD), I hear the same story from my families.. Their children struggle with chronic constipation or diarrhea, gas and bloating.. My own son who has ADHD and SPD struggled for years with chronic constipation.. Only recently are experts seeing the link between the microbiome in our gut and brain health.. So what is microbiome?? Well, basically it’s a small (mmicro) habitat of living things (bbiome) found in all areas of our body especially our digestive system.. Hippocrates said the “ all disease begins in the gut” and research is proving that is so..

Science Daily reported in June, 2017 that “ since the 1960’s there have been over 150 papers on Autism Spectrum Disorders and Gut health and scientists have been reporting links between the composition in the gut and autistic behavior.. ” Although much more research is needed,, this is where I start with my clients as I believe in the gut – brain connection..

So where are we to begin?? Here are a few steps to improving the gut health for you and your family..

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1.. Invest in a good probiotic,, one that withstands our stomach acid.. The good bacteria that’s in a probiotic needs to pass through the stomach and open up in our intestines to work.. A few brands I like:: Garden of Life, MegaFood, doTerra PB Assist Jr..

2.. Remove gluten and casein from your child’s diet.. Now I know from firsthand experience how hard this is, but research is showing more and more how gluten and casein (milk protein found in the milk of mammals ) causes inflammation in the lining of the gut.

3.. Include prebiotic foods in your diet:: bananas,, honey,, garlic and onions.. Try to get two to four servings of these prebiotic – rich foods a day..

Consistency is the key and that’s the hard part.. That’s where I come in.. I walk hand in hand with my clients on a path to health and wellness.. I’d love to chat with you if you feel like having a partner would benef it you or your family.. Please reach out or check out my website. 

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