Just Keep Swimming
Sometimes the water may feel rough and extreme at times. Sometimes the world will see us, taking one breath at a time. Often extremely exhausted swinging one arm over the other, trying our best to… SWIM. THEN, there are moments that you may not see, where we are simply floating. Bobbing up and down, gasping for the next breath of air. Moving our arms to just keep ourselves afloat and alive.
For times like this, Autism moms need au-mazing techniques and strategies to get us back into championship swim mode. As a mom with a son with autism, a communication expert working with autism families for almost 20 years and author of Au-mazing Gift: A Journey to Autism Acceptance, here are 3 survival tools to swim through your fears with Autism
Survival Tool 1. Behavior Management
We constantly have fears around how to deal with the different or new unexpected behaviors that surface at home and at school. Behavior management continues to be among the top of the list for autism needs. These are the areas where changes in routines, challenges with communication and social cues can result in unexpected behavior.
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Survival Tool 2: Communication Connection
Autism moms worry about whether our child will communicate? Communication connection tools will help you to learn how to attach and engage with those on the spectrum. It’s best to learn simple techniques to help this engagement be as effortless as possible. Which by the way will also help with behavior management.
Survival Tool 3: Finance Relief
As a parent or individual on the spectrum, we often wonder how will we afford all of THIS (therapies, numerous appointments, special diets etc.). We stay up late some nights wondering what will happen to our kids if anything unexpected happens to us. It’s really up to us to start addressing these fears and start putting together a plan, a legacy plan.