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New to the World of Autism? Part One

You have recently been told that your child has been diagnosed with Autism. Most of the time our reactions are disbelief, shock, and sometimes depression combined with being isolated from the outside world.  I won’t put it lightly…receiving the news stinks and it weighs heavy on your head night and day.  Who do you talk to now? What do you do? First of all ask yourself this question:

Question One: How Am I Doing?

 Are you down and just really depressed? Follow these tips:

 Self Care:

Take the time for yourself, listen to music, meditate, try to sleep when you can, hide in the bathroom, take up a new hobby, look at your life and just laugh at it. You will survive. 🙂

 Social Media & Facebook:

There are hundreds of personal Facebook Autism support pages out there.  I highly encourage you to head on over, check them out and like their pages. Try and develop a connection with a community that “Gets it.” Just knowing there are families, individuals, and services out there will give you a sense of well-being and help you cope. 

When my son was diagnosed over 7 years ago there wasn’t the presence of Autism as it is today. It much easier to connect these days. 

 Make the connection with Me>>

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 Support groups:

There are wonderful meet ups just to chat, have coffee and a time or too have guest speakers. These groups can be based on the age of your children. If you cannot find a connection in your part of town where you live, my suggestion is to start one! 

 Social Groups:

These aren’t as numerous, these groups may have social outings with activities for children. Meet up groups for example. http://www.meetup.com/

But personally I am not much of social person, but once in a while I find it comforting to know that there is someone out there (parent or otherwise) who totally “gets it!”  That is such a nice feeling. 

 Stayed tuned for the next two parts of this article.

Part 2: Where Do I Begin?

Part 3: What is Autism Exactly?

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Autism · Speech and Language · TEACCH · What's In the Soup Series

Stim Soup Series: What’s in the Soup? Part Eight Final

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I apologize for the long delay, I have been busy getting the website together. That’s in another post!

This is the final post on the Stim Soup Series, “What’s In the Soup?” Part Eight. After pawing through notes and deciding on what would be relevant, I felt these last terms would be the most helpful.

For the sake of those reading this series for the first time, my explanations on the terms are to the point.  Nothing intense about it. I figured there is no sense in writing long-winded definitions. As a new parent to the Autism community that is not what you are searching for.  You are seeking answers and would rather forgo the stuff in between.

  1. Sensory Integration Therapy

  2. Speech Language Pathology

  3. TEACCH

Sensory integration therapy – The therapy improves daily function in children with autism. Symptoms often include a difficult time processing sensory information such as textures, sounds, smells, tastes, and light. Referred to as Sensory Processing Disorder. These difficulties can make ordinary situations feel overwhelming. They can interfere with daily function. Largely used by occupational therapists, uses play activities to change how the brain reacts to touch, sound, sight and movement.

Speech Language Pathology – Autism can affect speech, language development, and social communication in many ways. Speech Therapy can benefit persons with Autism. Kids may babble, be non-verbal, have various communication challenges and can help with any issues in Speech and Language.

TEACCH– Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication handicapped Children. Founded by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The primary aim of TEACCH is to help to prepare people with autism to live or work more effectively at home, at school and in the community.

I truly hope you as a Parent/Guardian have found this eight-part series to be informative.  It is meant as a starting point of a long journey in Autism.  As a mother of a 12-year-old with Autism, I have been on this road for quite a while now.  The road has been bumpy, long, and quite the learning adventure. But the road will always go on and some day you might see the end. But for the time being I can at least help smooth out the bumps in the road and guide in you your search for spoonful’s of information.  A little bit at a time.

If you have not read my other parts of this series, please take the time to do so.  I am hoping the series will answer some of the most common questions regarding Autism.

As throughout the series, all topics are to the point and just to get your feet wet.  It is not meant to overwhelm you. My purpose is to take the confusion out of an already vast expansion of the disorder we know as Autism.

Keep in mind these terms are only the tip of the iceberg.  There are many, many more and I will be expanding on many of the terms and including several other ones as well.  Autism Spectrum Disorder is very broad and includes many aspects so stay tuned!

One final note:  I will be making this Series into a PDF document for you to download on the new Stim Soup website.  Free for to you to print out on to use at your first IEP meeting and impress the heck out of them with your knowledge. Or print it out just for reference.

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