While this article is about society’s attitudes towards families that enjoy travelling together, so much of what is written can also be true of families in general, and especially of families of children with autism. I agree that there does seem to be a shrinking number of places where children are welcomed and accepted. The author makes the valid point that while children have poor impulse control, the adults who are complaining should be able to control their emotions and resolve the situation in a mature fashion. I love her final recommendation that if absolute silence is that important, then invest in some noise-cancelling headphones.
Centacare and MyTime are offering a 3 session parenting program at Kangaroo Point (Brisbane) for $10. Fortnightly from Wed 10 October.
The difficult parent is a very encouraging article, outlining the reality of parenting a child with special needs, and the “above and beyond” nature of their advocacy, even when it’s uncomfortable for them.
Tips for children with feeding disorders, by Kathryn (Singing through the rain blog). She outlines 12 tips for helping children with feeding issues, using the SOS approach to feeding (Sequential Oral Sensory).
“The SOS Approach to Feeding is a developmental feeding therapy that allows a child to interact with and learn about foods in a playful, non-stressful way. It helps increase a child’s comfort level by exploring different properties of the foods, including the color, shape, texture, smell and taste. The child is encouraged to progress up a series of steps to eating using “play with purpose” activities. Parent education and involvement are an essential part of this feeding program.” – couragecenter.org
Adult with disabilities shares what kids with disabilities need to learn, by Andrew Pulrang.
What skills do children with disabilities need to become independent adults? There are plenty of transition planning guides and parenting tips to help answer this question. I would like to offer some ideas to consider, as an adult who was once a child with disabilities.
At times it may seem like independence is determined by the type and level of disability a person has, but it isn’t. People with all kinds of disabilities live independently. What they have in common is a set of key skills and habits… (very sensible and practical list!)
Judith Heumann, one of the leaders of the disability rights movement, helped define Independent Living, when she said, “Independence is not about doing things for yourself. It is about having control over how things are done.” You can be independent and in control, even if you literally can’t lift a finger or speak an audible word. You just need the right tools and supports.
3 Picky Eater Strategies that Work, by Sarah Remmer. They may work for you … they may not, but they’re practical and simple, and similar to what we’ve used in feeding therapy (SOS approach by Dr Kay Toomey- Sequential Oral Sensory).
Just for interest, this post has the 32 steps to eating chart, plus some description about how it was implemented.
How (Not) to argue with gifted children, by Carol Bainbridge. Some good suggestions here for how to keep from arguing with your “little lawyer” (whether or not they have a diagnosis of giftedness!):
“Gifted children, especially the verbally gifted ones, are often compared to lawyers: they argue as if they are in court. The case they are usually arguing is their own. They argue about rules, about punishment, discipline, bedtime, dinner. Basically, they’ll argue about nearly anything they don’t like or they want to avoid.”