For years this quote has resonated in my mind. How do you overcome the thought of impossibility when all the odds are against you? Meet Anakin. Anakin is a seven year old boy who has Autism. His entire life has been a shroud of impossibility.
Before the diagnosis, we “knew” it was going to come. He was already enrolled in a school IEP program since February of that year. By May, we really started to suspect autism and already started to research everything we could while seeking an official diagnosis.
I was 24 years old when I had my son, Christian, in 1999. He was such a good baby. He started taking his first steps when he was just two months old. He had a lump on the side of his neck and I noticed he couldn’t turn his head.
When Aareck was born, he had some medical complications. He developed pulmonary hypertension, along with pneumonia. He was hospitalized in the NICU for ten days. For seven of those days, he was sedated and hypersensitive to touch, lights, and sounds.
I wasn’t at all surprised when our then 2-year-old son, Eddie, was diagnosed with autism. I had read a lot about autism and knew that Eddie had many red flags, especially the stimming and lack of language.
Social Stories, Video Modeling and Playscripts by Janice Kern, Chapter Coordinator – TACA of North Dakota Social Stories Video Modeling Playscripts Social Stories What is a social story? It’s a story, about social events, situations or skills. They can be used to provide information about a situation (especially a novel situation, something very new […]
The future depends on what we do in the present. – Mahatma Gandhi Social skills are increasingly important with age. What is acceptable behavior from a 4-year-old, is no longer acceptable from a 14-year-old. Start establishing appropriate behavior and habits earlier, rather than later, to avoid issues as your child gets older. For example, letting […]
Presentation: Social Skills By Jessica Postil, M.A., Psy. D., Clinical Director & Cindy Underwood (Scheaffer), M.A., Assistant Clinical Director from Autism Spectrum Consultants, Inc., www.autismconsultants.com. Download the PDF version of the presentation here.