So, how many times have you found yourself in that situation where you bump into a friend somewhere and you start small talk. In the process, you coax your child with ASD to greet your friend (someone familiar and safe). The greeting goes as usual (planned/scripted), then it's time for small talk. Your friend asks a simple, typical question and your child responds with something so out of this world (yet very logical to him/her) and you find yourself "translating" between your puzzled friend and your child who desperately wants to connect but has now lost interest. Sound familiar??? Well, here is my all time favorite visual that describes this situation. I absolutely love it and share it with as many folks as I can! I found it on Pinterest and traced it back to the following site: http://thelittleblackduck.com.au/lbd/communication-difficulty-and-autism/
I hope you find it as helpful and useful as I did. Enjoy!
After much prayer and thinking, I have decided to turn this blog into a peaceful location for resources to help our kids and families. I will continue to post inspirational things as well, but I've just come to the realization that autism is not about me. As a parent, I need to help my child fit into this world-- not to fully assimilate into it, but to be able to be a part of it. THAT is how I've learned to find peace. As long as I know he is not accepted, understood or acknowledged as a part of people's lives, I will not be at peace. In my journey I have discovered that his peace is my peace. I've learned to find peace on this journey-- you've all learned about that with each of my posts-- now it's time to help my child find his peace and his place. My hope is that with each post you will be able to refill your arsenal of tricks to help your loved ones with ASD. I will continue to post interesting research findings, though I'm over trying to figure out "what?" or "why?" It's time to move on and think about "how?" to make the future accessible and successful for my child.
With each new post, I will make sure to credit the source and offer a link to the original so you can learn more and become better equipped to help your loved ones find their place in this world. So, join me on the rest of this journey as we learn and share together as we move towards helping all of those touched by autism find peace in this puzzling world.