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Alicia Trautwein is an autistic mom of three autistic children. She uses this unique experience to coach other parents of special needs children.
“Mom, you know what I hate” “What’s that Buddy?” “Coronavirus” “Me too, buddy, me too!” We haven’t really explained #coronavirus to little man much before this conversation he started. And he know, that the word “hate” is not a word we use in our daily. Even with his little knowledge, he summed up exactly how we all feel. We’ve been staying at home as much as possible, with Walker & Lilly staying home since school let out due to their weaker immune systems. Feeling isolated isn’t a new feeling for us and many #autismfamilies That being said, the change in routine has been a real struggle for everyone. No school, no therapy, no grandparent visits. Some of the good though that has come for us has been spending time as a family. We’ve played board games, made crafts, read books, and gone to youth group and church service all online. We’ve been praying more and thinking of others more. I loved that Hannah helped Walker make a Forky with a craft she found in her room from a few months ago. While we all adjust & get used to a new normal, make sure to focus on the positives. Stay at home doesn’t mean you can’t reach out to other. Make a call, do FaceTime, or even write a letter & send a care package. Let’s make the memories we’ve always wanted to!
If you need help creating schedules, make sure to check out our free autism resources to print visual schedules for morning and night. While those with a diagnosed gluten intolerance need to go gluten-free, this isn’t the case for the majority of children. The key to a healthy diet in children is not trends, but making sure your child gets fruits and vegetables, along with the proper amounts of protein and healthy grains. There are a lot more things to discover, so make sure to bookmark our autism parenting section and subscribe to our email list below for the latest articles and resources sent straight to your inbox!
"𝗙𝗮𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗰𝗮𝘂𝘀𝗲𝘀 𝗙𝗶𝗲𝗿𝘆 𝗔𝗿𝗿𝗼𝘄𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗙𝗶𝘇𝘇𝗹𝗲" #armorofgodstudy This last week or so has really tested faith. Not my belief in God and his truth, but actually stepping out in faith. For me, my biggest struggle is with finances. I always want everything to be perfect. Seeing a bill coming up that I don't have the money that moment to pay it with, give me so much anxiety. Dealing with the IRS "needing more information" MAN! That is testing my faith so much!! But one thing I have learned to be true is God's word. He has never failed me. My life has been a story of ups & downs, with many times I can truly say that it is only by God that I am alive today. If God can protect me when I'm in a car accident that first responders & bystanders thought they would be pulling my dead body from the wreck, and I came out of it with just bruises, then that same God will help me through any financial issues. Being able to speak to as many people as I do, to share our story of autism and faith, that is something I never could have imagined ten year ago. Remember through your struggles, to not forget the victories. It is easy to focus on the chaos, but when you focus on the victories, the chaos subsides.
Before deciding to whiten your child’s teeth, the first thing you want to consider is their age. If your child is over the age of 12 and wants to whiten their teeth, keep in mind that teeth whitening is a cosmetic procedure and therefore not covered by insurance. These foods include: Foods that can help remove stains include: By making small changes in your child’s diet, you can help them whiten their teeth naturally. Now that you’ve read about teeth whitening for kids, it’s time to decide what’s right for your child!
Think all Nonverbal autistic people have an intellectual disability? While some autistic people who do not use speech/are nonverbal have a co-existing intellectual disability, this is not always the case. Many nonverbal autistic people are highly intelligent. I have personally been so blessed to know a young man who uses a communication device to speak and he is beyond intelligent, he is so wise. There are so many individuals who are nonverbal that are amazing individuals that are extremely intellegent. Breaking down misconceptions and myths surrounding autism is what we need for true autism acceptance. Let's be the change we want in the world! Make sure to check out the link in bio themomkind to see more autism myths debunked! #autismawareness #autismmom #autismacceptance #autismfamily #autismparent #autismspectrumdisorder #autismdad #autismparenting #autismfamilies #supportautism #myautism #autismmomlife #aspergers #asd #specialneeds #parentingautism #autismblog #autismmama #specialneedsmama #specialneedschildren #autismjourney #autismadvocate #autismtherapy #attentiondeficitdisorder #nonverbalautism #adhdisreal #specialneedsparent #parentingtips #autismsupport #specialneedsparenting
Kids and sports are a touchy subject for many parents as our children are playing fewer sports than we used to at their age. Kids participating in team sports have also been found to be less depressed than those that don’t do sport. Being part of a sports team helps a child to develop higher self-esteem. Parents of kids in sports tend to be around the child more and are interested in their activities.
Huge Moment Alert!!! While many parents become accustomed to the routine of asking about their child’s school day & learn about what went on, it’s not something we ever hear. Walker has been going to school for 2.5 years now. Every day when I pick him up, I ask him how his day was. He always says “good” no matter how is day was. If I ask him what he did that day, he always responds with “I forget” or “no” and that’s it. If I ask about a specific thing such as did you go outside he will answer either “yes” or “no” but cannot give detail. Today, I asked those same question but instead of the routine, he told me about his day. He told me they played with chocolate play doh and that you couldn’t eat it & that no one tried. He told me they had them in heart boxes that made shapes. They went outside and played under the playground. They ran a lot. And he told me friends names. He was so happy & calm. It was the most amazing moment. It is a moment I will never forget & do my best never to take for granted. Last week, we wound up putting Walker on an anti anxiety medication because his meltdowns had gotten so bad. He was afraid to leave the house or a parent. He refused to go to school which caused even more meltdowns. Within 4 days of starting this teenie tiny dose of medicine, he was able to break out of the fog. He’s been happy to go to school. He’s been talking more. I’m finally getting to talk to the little boy who couldn’t always talk. It doesn’t take away his autism nor many struggles. It doesn’t solve all anxiety either. But today, it was a win. One that I will cherish the rest of my life. While I was so terrified to start him on medication & put it off as long as we could, I am thankful I took that leap of faith and trusted that God would work things out. I don’t have a closing positive point to leave you with or a lesson to learn. All I have is that my own heart is filled with so much joy right now from hearing him tell me about his day for the first time ever.
Your little girl is only going to be little for a short while. There are a lot of fun things you can do with your daughter, such as baking, creating works of art, heading to the bookstore, and having a relaxing spa day. Little boys aren’t the only ones who enjoy a fun game of catch. Your little girl isn’t going to stay little forever.
One of the biggest struggles for parents who's child is newly diagnosed with autism is that they are overwhelmed with so many emotions. After receiving an autism diagnosis, there is a normal cycle of emotions many parents will feel. Often times in our society, grief is considered a negative feeling. However, this is quite the opposite of reality. Grieving is the proper start of the healing process. For many parents, its not their child they are grieving, but the image of what their child would be that the parents had in their head. These feelings are different for everyone. For myself, it was denial. Other feeling can be shock, anger, depression, guilt, and even relief. As you go through this cycle and the start of your autism parenting journey, I do want you to remember this one thing: 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗖𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗱 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗦𝗔𝗠𝗘 𝗰𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘄𝗮𝗹𝗸𝗲𝗱 𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗱𝗼𝗰𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘀 𝗼𝗳𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗲 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗮𝗻 𝗮𝘂𝘁𝗶𝘀𝗺 𝗱𝗶𝗮𝗴𝗻𝗼𝘀𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘄𝗮𝗹𝗸𝗲𝗱 𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗼𝗳𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗲 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗮𝗻 𝗮𝘂𝘁𝗶𝘀𝗺 𝗱𝗶𝗮𝗴𝗻𝗼𝘀𝗶𝘀. 𝗧𝗵𝗲𝗶𝗿 𝗱𝗶𝗮𝗴𝗻𝗼𝘀𝗶𝘀 𝗱𝗼𝗲𝘀𝗻'𝘁 𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗲 𝘄𝗵𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘆 𝗮𝗿𝗲, 𝗶𝘁 𝗷𝘂𝘀𝘁 𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗼𝘄𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗺 𝘁𝗼 𝗴𝗲𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘀𝗲𝗿𝘃𝗶𝗰𝗲𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘆 𝗻𝗲𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗿𝗶𝘃𝗲. 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗹𝗶𝗳𝗲𝘀𝘁𝘆𝗹𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗺𝗮𝘆 𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗽 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗰𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗿𝗶𝘃𝗲, 𝗯𝘂𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗹𝗼𝘃𝗲 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗮𝗹𝘄𝗮𝘆𝘀 𝗿𝗲𝗺𝗮𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘀𝗮𝗺𝗲.
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