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Reaching the Screen Generation

From Baby Boomers to Millenials and now the commonly refered to "screen generation", how do parents stay in touch with the new digital "norms" that are so natural and important to our children?  How does a parent connect to their child's joy that comes from playing Minecraft or Overwatch or some other sandbox, FPS, MMO, RTS, RPG game? ( Our teens mentoring teens had a whole session on these acronyms and I took notes!!)

Who are they playing with? How much time do they spend playing and WHY? What is the fascination that we don't understand and is it akin to what we did that our parents thought was abhorent?

How are they connecting via social media to people they've never even met? Why is it easier yet social relations harder? What about our kids with social deficits ....it is easier or harder?

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The Lost Boys (and Girls) - Autism Awareness part 4 - April 2017

I’ve come across this observation.  It said “Do you remember how eager we were to grow up as a child?  What were we thinking?!”  I’m trying to transition myself.  There are life skills like cooking, laundry, personal hygiene, and many others.  There are things like the basics of finance, investment, balancing your checkbook, budgeting, and paying taxes.  I’m presently learning the latter list, which neither grade school nor college taught.  I still have to learn how to cook, too.  It’s a cliché, but growing up is very difficult.  I cannot imagine how much more challenging it is for someone with ASD.

Transition begins at 16 for a student with U.S. special education services.  Teachers ask about interests and goals to be put in the IEP.  That same student may be eligible for adult services.  However, whether he or she receives them depends on funding.  Guidelines for eligibility and funding are set by each state. Zosia Zaks, a rehab counselor who works with adults with ASD, summarized: When you get to be 18 or 21, it’s like falling off a cliff.  We don’t do a great job of educating parents about what’s going to happen after school ends.”

What is to be done with this process?  Experts have said planning optimally begins when children are  young.  “Parents ask me, ‘When should I start with transition planning?’” said Ernst O. VanBergeijik Ph.D., M.S.W.  “I say ‘Age six,’ and people look at me like I’m out of my mind.  ‘That’s way too early, they say.’  But I say, you need to visualize your child at age 21.”  Daily living skills can be taught early, while complex ones can be broken into small steps and increased in complexity, he explained.

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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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