Watch as a bored teenager guides you through her thoughts on anything she has some working knowledge in.
I just spent 8 minutes wandering around looking for some papers that I had put under my binder.
Last night, I was corresponding with not one, but TWO people over Facebook and text. I also initiated one conversation and partly allowed for the other.
When did I become the talk of the town?
So I’m a student (I might even say member) of the journalism class at my school. We have a nice classroom and computers and a website and everything.
Working in this class reminded me I still have this blog.
So hey. Maybe I’ll post more art and words now.
So I was going through my old Facebook account and stumbled upon a message from a classmate.
The classmate mentioned how I had a tendency to enter myself into groups without asking and that I entered into their personal affairs. There was also apparently rumours floating around about me outside of my knowledge. I know that was back in elementary and I’ve improved a lot since then, but looking over that honest confession from a confused classmate still stung.
Hopefully I can redeem myself in a way tomorrow at the high school orientation. Fresh start and all that.
Hello there, new to tumblr, I'm a mother of a young autistic spectrum boy. I was wondering if you could give me any insight for when he gets closer to puberty or just grows in general. Like any tips of things that helped you as you are growing or would have helped to ease things besides the obvious things, I want to make sure I do all I can to better understand something that is right now a learning process for me.
Well, I’m honoured that you’ve asked me for advice. Sorry that I didn’t reply sooner. As it happens I’ also new to tumblr and didn’t realize I’ve received a question until now. Hopefully you’ll still find my advice useful.
Most of my information is pulled from personal experience so it may not entirely apply to your son, but I’ll outline a few key points I’ve picked up over the years.
1. Find their strengths and reinforce them
This is important for all children, but especially useful for the autistic among them. Showing that autism is something that comes with advantages rather than downsides is crucial for positive self-image. Even if the strengths are minor, any bit helps. My own ‘typical’ autistic brother has a particular affinity for music and puzzle games, which we do our best to nurture when opportunity arises. Of course, it is also important to work on improving/lessening the intensity of the weaknesses, but depending on the child a hyper focus on this aspect can be tiring to downright insulting. It’s also good to see if there’s any way to adapt school subjects he may not be too keen on and make them more tailored to his skills and interests. Does he like trains but hate social studies? Have him imagine empires as differently-sized boxcars on the Train of Time!
2. Pay attention to how they’re feeling
This goes beyond the obvious and into a more analytical mindset. Oftentimes collecting a mental record of how certain situations make an autistic child feel can prevent meltdowns and other problems down the line. Going back to my brother, this has proved to be very helpful as he’s not particularly verbal. We’ve already figured out how he responds to a great deal of things (hates loud noises), so we can make a guess how he could respond to a new situation (best not to go to the park when the lawnmower’s out). This also plays into solving problems that couldn’t be avoided. If he’s okay with it, ask him about what made him uncomfortable. Pay attention to how he reacts and his emotional state. If this crops up again, you’ll now be able to better solve the situation.
3. Find a support network
My family’s been incredibly fortunate to have a superb support network. First of, my mother has connected with mothers of other autistic children in our general area. This can provide comfort and sympathy in times of hardship and a great place to share tips and experiences. It’s integral to realize you don’t have to work alone. On that same note, we’ve also found several support workers and specialists that are great fits for our family. If you’re lucky enough to have options, find a supporter that fits with your son’s unique personality. The advice and assistance I’ve received from these caring adults is just amazing. Lastly, gather information from any willing source. My mother is especially keen on how to adapt the classroom to autistic children and her textbooks have given her excellent information. We also have a large collection of regular books that delve into all sorts of specialized topics. I’d recommend picking a few up yourself, with the works of Michelle Garcia Winner as a good starting point. I’ve even found a couple of my teachers are curious as to how they can better serve me in a typical classroom setting. Take advantage of opportunities like this to streamline your son’s life.
That’s all I can offer at the moment. I hope this advice helps you and your son in whatever you face together.