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!
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…
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.
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.
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:
C is still into Minecraft. Remember my failed attempt at making the Minecraft popsicle pigs? C is asking for something Minecraft again. Again, I turned to my trusted ‘Nerdy Mummies‘ on YouTube for ideas.
Read on to see how we made our gigantic Minecraft Coal Cookie.
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,
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.
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.
According to Barker, J. (2001), people with autism often have language and attention issues which interfere with their ability to learn from verbal explanations alone. Visual aids, becomes a useful tool to back up verbal explanation.
This is because visual pictures (p.xiii)
can make abstract verbal concepts more concrete
remain stable over time while auditory information can be missed as students’ attention fluctuates, and
provide a more powerful means to engage attention
I first talk about the ‘The Social Skills Picture Book‘ in June last year when I first started out my blog. This book, by Barker, uses a visual strategy to teach social skills.