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Tag Archives: Autism Resource Mom
DO YOU KNOW WHAT TO INCLUDE IN A CHILD ID KIT?
Safety is a major concern for all parents. That concern grows more complex when your child has Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Create your own child ID kit with the help of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. They provide easy-to-follow directions here.
The key is to keep the info up-to-date and easily accessible.
IT’S A NEW YEAR. AND IT’S TIME FOR A FRESH, NEW START.
Toss out the strategies that haven’t worked for the past few years. And I mean toss them. If you’ve seen no improvements or even changes, you obviously need some new techniques.
Something else to help jump-start your new year is to connect, or simply re-connect with others. Our HEART-TO-HEART WITH MOM roundtable discussions provide the perfect opportunity for this!
2015 Heart-to-Heart Schedule:
All Thursday discussions are held at Temple Beth Sholom in Santa Ana from 7-8:30 pm.
THURSDAY, JAN. 8
THURSDAY, FEB. 12
THURSDAY, MAR. 12
THURSDAY, APR. 9
THURSDAY, MAY 14
THURSDAY, JUNE 11
THURSDAY, JULY 9
THURSDAY, AUG. 13
THURSDAY, SEPT. 10
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Here’s to a New Year filled with exciting possibilities! Cheers!
A few seats remain for tomorrow evening’s A HEART-TO-HEART WITH MOM. If you’d like a place at the table, RSVP now.
Thursday, Dec. 11 from 7-8:30pm
Temple Beth Sholom, 2625 N. Tustin Ave., Santa Ana, CA 92705
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ESCAPE PLAN IN PLACE
When it all becomes too much—too many people, too much noise, too much that’s unknown—having a ‘plan of escape’ to a place to self-regulate is always wise. With one or two back-up plans, at least you have options. Practice a non-verbal hand signal your kid can give you to show you he needs to leave, instead of shouting at the top of his lungs, “It’s time for everyone to go home now! We’re done!”
Often, just knowing that it’s okay to escape to a quiet place is enough.
Click here to see the latest in the “Advice from Mom” series from ARM.
Looking forward to speaking at upcoming Special Needs Resource Fair on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 9am-noon at Springfield College, 17542 E. 17th St., Tustin.
Presented by YMCA COMMUNITY SERVICES and sponsored by Springfield College.
Be sure to stop by the ARM table and attend my break-out session at 10:15am when I’ll present “Lessons in Lessening Back-to-School Jitters.”
If you have a high school student with Autism Spectrum Disorder [ASD], a local organization has a fabulous monthly activity for your teen. The Orange County Asperger’s Support Group [OCASG] and College Living Experience-Costa Mesa have teamed up for TEEN NIGHT on the first Friday of each month. Activities change each month but it’s a fun time for the kids to hang out with teens–along with college-age mentors. It’s a big hit.
The idea is to get kids out of their room, out of the house and integrating with others in the community and that’s exactly what’s being done with this group. Determine what your teen is interested in and help him/her get involved.
This article gives you an idea of the variety of other service organizations that exist here in the OC.
I remember when we first got the “A” diagnosis for our son and the emotional toll it took on me. Heartache. Heartbreak. And pure fear coupled with utter helplessness. As I was trying to come to grips with the whirlwind of feelings, my mom was the voice of reason who stepped in and saved me.
When I came home with the results from countless assessments and evaluations results that were always depressing–I just wanted to crawl in a hole and hide. But it was my mom, parenting me from 2,300 miles away, who brought me to my senses.
“Forget about the label,” she wisely advised. “It doesn’t matter what they call it. Just get him what he needs.”
“But mom,” I’d wail, “you don’t understand, they say he’s autistic!”
“If his leg was broken, you’d put him in a cast. If he had tonsillitis, you’d have his tonsils removed. So find out what he needs, and get it for him.”
How could I argue with that?
As I set about to find out what my boy needed and how to get it for him, I focused less on myself and more on him. We had our ups and downs (as we still do), but at least I was in a more positive and hopeful state of mind. In fact, I’ve learned over the years to laugh about much of our journey. It sure is preferable to weeping!
So on this Mother’s Day I want to thank my mom for helping me to be a better mom for my son. And for all you moms out there who need a good laugh, I want to share this. It’s priceless. Enjoy!
Here’s wishing a hilarious Mother’s Day to you all.
Debora, The Autism Resource Mom