Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Thursday, June 4, 2015
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Of course I still have mad anxiety leading up to the day of the ARD. It's kinda like going into a mediation for child custody. If you've never been then thank your lucky stars.
I'm not delusional to think that I will never have a difficult ARD again but I really do appreciate the Staff at Spring Meadows Elementary. N-Zilla and I have been blessed to have the teacher he has had this school year.
Here are some of my tips and suggestion to help with ARD's and IEP.
- Evaluation from Doc
- Transition reminders
- BIP(I would like a Behavior Plan)
- Plan in place for sub
- Visual schedule and timers
- seating arrangements for next year
- teacher recommendations for next year.
You are the main B-I of the ARD committee. Don't every forget that.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
- Cognitive Empathy- The ability t predict other's thoughts and intentions including the ability to read between the lines during communication
- Affective empathy- The ability to share another person's feelings with them
- Compassionate Empathy- The desire to help others.
Sometimes when he is eating he walks up to me and gives me a piece of his food without saying a word. Just last night while I was watching T.V N-Zilla came up to me, licked his finger and made the sign of the cross on my forehead. I just went with it. I know that N-Zilla may not have Cognitive Empathy but I know with all of my heart that he has the ability to share another person's feelings with them and the desire to help others. Everything in life Autistic or not boils down to communication.
*Here are links to post about AU and Empathy.
Helpful tips, suggestions and good ole' fashion info from N-Zilla and mom in honor of April the month known as allergy hell in San Antonio Texas and National Autism Month. A month to promote Awareness, Acceptance, and to Educate.
In the world of Neuro-disorders you'll hear words like MELTDOWNS. TICs. STIMMING.
While their are similarities they are different.
Let's talk about Stimming.
Stimming is a repetitive body movement that self-stimulates one or more senses in regulated manner. Fun fact found at http://autism.wikia.com/wiki/Stimming many autistic children have no stims and about 10 percent of young children without autism stim.
Some benifites of stimming:
- Increased ability to remain calm
- Reduced meltdowns
- Increased tolerance of challenging sensory situations
- Increased focus, attention span, and task management abilities
- SELF-ACCEPTANCE AS AN AUTISTIC PERSON
- flapping hands. Blinking or moving fingers in front of eyes.
- making vocal sounds. snapping fingers
- scratching; rubbing the skin with one's hand or other object
- rocking front and back or side to side. Moving in a rhythmic motion.
- licking body parts or an object. (their was a point when N-Zilla licked tree's and Crazy Horse bite her hair)
- smelling objects, hands, or other people
Friday, April 3, 2015
*autism community network. acn-sa.org
Address: 4242 woodcock dr suite 101
San Antonio TX 78228
*Brighton of San Antonio. brightonsa.org
Address: 14207 Higgins Rd
san Antonio tX 78217
*Kenetic Kids San antonio. kinetickidstx.org
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Friends and Family April is Autism Acceptance Month and April 2nd is Autism Acceptance/awareness day. Tomorrow wear blue, red, pink, green any color to show support! Share your pictures FB IG Twitter etc #autismacceptance. All month long join activities throughout your neighborhood in support of Autism Awareness and more importly AUTISM ACCEPTANCE. Learn more and search website like autismacceptancemonth.com or thinkingpersonsguidtoautism.com.
Donate your time or money to an organization that goes back into helping and educating families on the spectrum. Educate yourself. Educate others.
Peace. Love. Educate. Awareness. ACCEPTANCE.
(P.S family and friends when you post pics in honor Autism Acceptance Day in addition to #autismacceptance don't forget your friendly neighborhood to #nzilla)