There are words in our language which move us. Words that offer a surge of emotion unsurpassed by any picture. Words that bring forth hope, affirmation to hard work, and joy beyond all joy. Today I heard one of those words. The word was ‘egg’. This word may not seem substantial, not at first. This word was spoken by a three year old experiencing autism. This word was the first word ever heard by his dad and those three letters changed the world of that family.
This is why we do what we do.
For our clients tracking the TriCare policy changes, here is a nice summary. The 2 year time limit is for clients enrolled in all ABA coverages including the ECHO program as written in this new policy.
Read and review. Contact your legislators with comments or concerns. Continue reading →
Take a moment and look at your kiddo. Is he/she upset or calm? If the answer is calm (or mildly upset), capitalize on this opportunity and practice calming techniques.
Take some deep breaths with your kiddo and talk about an upsetting situation he/she experienced recently. How could you handle that? Take breaths to calm down, take a quiet moment, ask for a hug… Our culture is fast-paced, stressful, and over-stimulating. We are asking very young kids to perform difficult tasks (reading, writing, spelling in Kindergarten!) We also need to teach appropriate responses to frustration and calming strategies to reduce the frustration. Our kiddos start this learning as early as possible (even 2 year olds) and can be taught it as a game and through play.
Practicing during calm moments will help make that response a habit!
Courtesy repost from Neuron, Volume 83, Issue 5, 3 September 2014, Pages 994–996.
Loss of mTOR-Dependent Macroautophagy Causes Autistic-like Synaptic Pruning Deficits, Guomei Tang, Kathryn Gudsnuk, Sheng-Han Kuo, Marisa L. Cotrina, Gorazd Rosoklija, Alexander Sosunov, Mark S. Sonders, Ellen Kanter, Candace Castagna, Ai Yamamoto, Zhenyu Yue, Ottavio Arancio, Bradley S. Peterson, Frances Champagne, Andrew J. Dwork, James Goldman, David Sulzer, Neuron, Volume 83, Issue 5, 3 September 2014, Pages 1131-1143
Remember to take your art break with us this Friday at Fred Meyer West. This is Step-In Autism Services of Alaska second annual community Art Break event and Fred Meyer West has graciously offered to host the location.
There have been more than 9,000 participants at other Art Break locations around the world since 2011. We hope to see you there and share in the experience.