An Open Letter from an Autistic Child in Meltdown, Written by an Autistic Adult Who Still Melts Down From Time to Time

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To Anyone Who Is Concerned,

Thank you for being concerned; it means you care about me and my family. But I notice you don’t understand what is happening, so I wanted to let you know why I am doing these things that got you concerned.

I am probably…

  1.  Being loud (or possibly WAY too quiet).
  2.  Trying to hide.
  3.  Running away.
  4.  Moving in ways that look unfamiliar to you.
  5.  Moving in ways that you don’t understand.

I am not…

  1.  Misbehaving.
  2.  Trying to bother you.
  3.  Spoiled.
  4.  Badly brought up.
  5.  Criminal.

I am Autistic and that means I…

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Daddy and mummy, stop complaining. So loud. Or I will be grouchy. Now go sleep!

Co-Sleeping Woes

C sleeps in the same room with us on a separate bed. We have sold our current place and am waiting to move into our new unit. We wanted to use this as a perfect chance to get C to sleep in his own room. Our amusing conversation before bed time with mummy, daddy ad C…

Daddy: C, when we move to the new house, you’ll sleep on your own in your own bedroom?

C: But I will be scare sleep myself. Mummy and C sleep together.

Mummy: How about mummy will accompany you till you sleep then go back to sleep in mummy and daddy’s room?

C: Daddy is not scare. Daddy can sleep alone. Mummy sleep with C.

Daddy: If daddy is scare how?

C: Then you go ‘grandpa’s place’ loh. Your daddy is there.

Daddy and mummy burst out laughing. C got irritated as we were quite loud.

C: Daddy and mummy, stop complaining. So loud. Or I will be grouchy. Now go sleep!

Daddy and mummy were still giggling.

He’s just so cute and never fails to bring laughter to my heart and mind!

Have a great week ahead my dear readers!

Picture downloaded from: babble

Easy farm animals matching activity — Special Learning House

Children with autism tend to be very visual learners. Visual support is often similarly effective with learners with different types of special needs. This easy farm animals matching activity teaches special needs learners to match photos and objects while working on new vocabulary skills. I created this easy farm animals matching activity using my favorite farm…

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How to toilet train our kids with autism

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Two years ago, when my friend, who is an allied educator told me that he has never had a kid with mild and even severe ASD who could not be toilet trained by Primary One (i.e., seven years old), I didn’t believe him. Two years on, I am so thankful that my child is finally diaper free and able to fully self-initiate pee and 90% of the time poop.

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A simple & effective way to teach toilet hygiene

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If you’ve read my post on ‘Do you wash your hands before or after you pee?‘, you’ll realize my child has the tendency to wash his hands before he pee-s, as he sees the entire process as just needing to complete all the steps but not in a logical sequence. I used this simple way which solved our toilet hygiene issue.

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Early signs of Autism

1) Do you suspect that your child has autism?

A child with autism spectrum disorder has poor social skills, limited communication skills, and repetitive interests, activities, or behaviors. Possible warning signs may appear when the child is around 12 to 24 months old and include:

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Some of the early signs of autism noticeable when the child is around 12 to 24 months.

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Thunder, thunder, please be kinder to my son

While I was in school today, C’s childcare teacher called and asked if she could speak to me for a while.

She explained that it was raining heavily, with thunders and lightning ongoing on her end. Immediately, I asked if C was okay. She further explained that they have been trying to calm him down for two hours but were unable to do so, thus they decided to give me a call.

C has always been frightened of the rain and thunder. Even at home, he would be crying and asking me to ask the rain to stop. I would always explain that we need the rain to water the plants and trees and he would retort back, while tearing,

but I am scare!

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Progress report from January 2016 – June 2016

Below is the chart for C’s progress within the last year (Jul 2015 to Jun 2016). While if you were to compare this with a mainstream preschooler, C’s progress might seem slow. However, for me, this is definitely a feat! I am proud of how much he has progressed. In my next entry, I will input what is the plan for him for the next six months under the IEP tab.

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Do you wash your hands before or after you pee?

According to the post on The Huffington Post, nearly ten percent of toilet users do not wash their hands after they pee. In that ten percent, eighty percent came from men. Seventy percent says they rinse but without soap and the common reason is that they feel it isn’t necessary, or they feel that water is good enough.

As a parent, since C is able to pee on his own, we tell him that he needs to wash his hands after he pees. Back when he was younger, we used to use the PECS system and ordinal numbers to teach him the steps after  he pees. It was a Sunday evening and I was preparing dinner while C was watching television in the living room.

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