Reblogging from the TACA blog –
Please take this message to heart.
A few important tips:
Talk to your kids with autism just like you would talk to any child, but keep it simple. Let them know where you are going, what you are doing and WHY you are doing it.
Spend time with your child outside of therapy hugging them, telling them you love them and why you are fighting so hard. They will hear you.
Please (and I am begging) do not talk about your kids while they are there in front of you. If you are at appointments (doctor or therapist) have a babysitter attend to your child in a separate room when you get to any details that may hurt their feelings. Don’t share negative emotions and thoughts with others when your child is present in the same room.
Tell teachers and staff that work with your kids to do the same! Never talk negatively about any of the kids while they are there listening as well.
By Lisa Ackerman
This past weekend, we had our 11th annual Real Help Now Conference in Costa Mesa, California (1.) It was a great event to educate and empower TACA families. I always love these events. My favorite part is always watching the parents as they leave; now ready to tackle their next steps to help their children.
In the question and answer period a dad, friend to my family, reminded me of the most important lesson in the autism journey: “Just because they don’t talk doesn’t mean they don’t have something to say”. This lesson deserves to be shared. It needs to be yelled from the mountain tops!
Just in case you have not heard it before, here is my story: My son Jeff was typically developing until 15 months of age. He had almost 20 words and had met all the milestones in the baby books…
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