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A Mom’s Musings

A  Mom’s Musings:

Years ago while at a local grocery store, my very special daughter did something amazing.

In the cold glass-covered display freezer aisle, a tall man dressed in a black knit cap, black shirt, black pants and black knit gloves was putting out ice cream into the freezer section and removing the ice cream that was out-of-date.

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Academic Eudaimonia - Autism Awareness Week 3 April 2017

Academic Eudaemonia

Given the unique difficulties of ASD, performance in school can suffer.  “My school just doesn’t get it,” a parent who wished to remain anonymous told WebMD. 

A child is expected to be attentive, obedient to teachers, and maintain good standing with his or her classmates at school.  ASD can complicate matters.  One child might be disruptive during class, often interrupting.  Another may have trouble sharing.  In extreme cases, a child can become physically violent and pose a danger to his or her classmates and teachers.  It should be noted that this manifests in severe cases of ASD, which does not presuppose non-verbal disability.  However, high-functioning individuals may have little to no trouble in succeeding academically and socially.

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"Meet Wendy Dawson of Social Motion Skills!" By: Elaine Turner

Hello My Friends-

Last week I wrote about a special Saturday morning working with my son Harrison, his friends and their buddies at Social Motion Skills. It was a morning full of inspiration and I was thrilled to meet Social Motion Skills Founder Wendy Dawson and learn about her organization.

That day I also met Aspire Accessories Creative Director Denise Hazen. Aspire is a program that’s part of the Social Motion Skills organization, and I am thrilled to partner with these organizations and feature their merchandise in-store and online in celebration of Autism Awareness Month.

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"Your Brain Doesn't Want to Change: 5 Ways to Make It"

Challenges are hard, but at Social Motion we believe that, "If it doesn't challange you, it won't change you." 

 

Take a moment and cross your arms. Now, cross them in the opposite direction. Which way was more awkward?

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The Challenge - Autism Awareness Week 2 - April 2017

“Peek-a-boo!” your face stretches into a silly grin as the baby’s face lights up.  You wiggle your index finger near your little nephew’s tiny hands when he grasps your finger with a strong grip.  Babies are just as social as adults. 

However, by 8 to 10 months, babies that develop autism may not respond to their name.  The development of babbling is slowed.  Symptoms become more pronounced during toddlerhood.  They might not desire to “help” Mommy or Daddy through mimicry, or they might respond to parents’ affection or anger in an unusual way.

Children with autism frequently have trouble controlling their emotions.  There are temper tantrums in inappropriate places.  They may also express disruptive or physically aggressive behavior.  The risk of outbursts increases in unfamiliar, overwhelming, or frustrating situations.  In turn, this may lead to self-injurious behavior like head-banging, hair-pulling, or self-biting.  Finally, children with ASD may express comorbidity through genetic or generalized health disorders. The former includes Fragile X syndrome, Angelman syndrome, tuberous sclerosis, and chromosome 15 duplication.  The latter includes Gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, seizure disorders, sleep disorders, and sensory processing disorders.

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