Blog #205~Post Mother’s Day Advice
Being a mom can often result in feelings of guilt, and second-guessing decisions that you make for your children. As a mother of a son with special needs, this is even more heightened. Now, you see it on social media. There are so many individuals with special needs, succeeding in new therapies, Special Olympics, and going to prom. This creates added pressure to do even more for your child. After 24 years of raising my son Nick, who has a dual diagnosis of Down syndrome and autism, I have gone through all these feelings of not doing enough. This week, I ask that you STOP and take a breath Moms!
After you stop and take that breather, you can re-boot and move forward, and re-evaluate what your child needs at this point in their lives.
*Are the current therapies and interventions effective?
*What other programs are available, that might be a better fit?
*What type of activities can be incorporated at home?
In the following blog, I outline how to re-evaluate current activities along with implementing effective TEACCH method ( Treatment and Education of Autistic and Communication which is an evidence-based service, training, and research program for individuals of all ages and skill levels with autism spectrum disorders). The TEACCH method is a structured program that helps individuals with ASD to learn, function and reach their goals. Incorporating TEACCH activities at home can be a time saver, instead of running around multiple times a week for ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis) therapy.
Nick doing TEACCH Method at home 🙂 (video version available on our social media sites listed below)…………..
For more information about Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) TEACCH Method click here: https://www.appliedbehavioranalysisprograms.com/faq/what-is-the-teacch-method/
My advice post Mother’s Day, is to take a deep breath and re-evaluate current programs for your child. Decide which are effective and relevant, at this time in their lives. Are these therapies and interventions the most efficient use of time for your family? Prioritize and determined what you can scale back on. Consider implementing the TEACCH activities at home to save time. These activities help to build new skill sets, confidence and independent living. Finding the balance for your child with special needs along with your family is key. It will also help you as the mom to feel less guilty, and more confident as a parent.
That’s what is in my noggin this week 🙂
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