Successful sharing!

Yesterday Oliver had his 13 month old friend over for a playdate. Oliver has a long, long way to go socially, as he has never shown any interest in another baby, toddler, or child. However, I was able to talk him through his first successful attempt at sharing. He actually played near another baby (this is a first) AND took turns with him, as they stacked rings one at a time. There was no eye contact and it took a few tries, but I couldn’t be more proud of him! I demonstrated how to stack the rings and then held his hand and said, “Now, we let him have a turn, and then you have another turn.” This helped him visualize patience and turn-taking. This gave me such great feelings of hope and inspires me to keep him hard at work. I have to log off now because we have a Tele-Therapy (video chatting) appointment with the Special Educator from his Early Intervention center. More posts coming soon!

Go GFCFSF in 10 Weeks!

TACA Now’s website has so many incredible resources, but I thought I would start by sharing their Going GFCFSF in 10 Weeks! page.

https://www.tacanow.org/family-resources/going-gfcfsf-in-10-weeks/

Going gluten, casein, and soy free can make such a difference in the health and behaviors of our children with autism. This link (above) has tips, a grocery list, recipes, meal plans, what the sources of all of these are, substitutions, and more! Very helpful resource.

Go Outside Today!

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Today we walked down to the river and Oliver threw dozens of rocks into the water. The only tantrum that we experienced was when we had to go home.

May this be a gentle reminder to take your children outside today (and tomorrow, and the next day, and the next day, etc.). Oliver gets overstimulated really easily in the house, in the grocery store, at other peoples’ homes, and in the city. By taking him into the woods or down to the river, he is able to have natural noise and doesn’t have to deal with bright blinking lights or the chatter of dinner conversation. I know that not everyone lives in the forest like we do, but finding a local place outside with minimal distractions can be extremely calming and grounding.

Comment with where you and your little ones play outside.