Potty Training

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Oliver is 3 months shy of his third birthday and I am questioning whether or not he is ready for the potty, despite the fact that preschool is quickly approaching. I have him sit on his little Baby Bjorn intermittently throughout the day, but more times than not, he holds it until he’s in a diaper again. He does not yet seem to understand that if he feels the urge to go, that it is time to go back to the potty. However, he does know when he does end up going that it is a “good” thing and is worthy of celebration. He immediately claps and cheers himself on with an oh-so-sweet “yay!”. I join along with him and then have him help me dump it, flush it, and wash it. Then we wash hands, put a sticker on the potty chart, and end with a high five. While he seems encouraged by this routine, he still hasn’t caught on to the fact that going to the bathroom on the potty is something that we do when we hear our bodies talking to us, rather than when we happen to already be sitting there for a long while.

I am looking to hear from other parents with children on the autism spectrum on what potty training looked like for you. What worked? What didn’t work?

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New Parent Stories!

I have just received my third story for my ‘Other Parents’ Stories’ page. This page was created with the intention of helping parents new to and concerned about autism, by having the early signs, the evaluation process, and where they’re at now, all in one place. The more stories I get, the more people we will be able to help. Read Angela, NickyB, and Amber’s stories today: http://healingoliver.com/2015/09/19/other-parents-stories-2/

If you’re interested in sending me your story, I would be honored. I am currently doing a giveaway of a $10 gift card to Barnes & Noble. Everyone who sends in their story is entered. For more information on the giveaway, visit: http://healingoliver.com/2015/09/29/giveaway/

The winner is announced on October 15th!

  You Deserve a Check-out Today! 

  
Whether you’re the parent, grandparent, nanny, or teacher of a child on the spectrum, I’m here to tell you to take a break today. 

“Check-out”:

– Put favorite blanket in dryer (approx. 10 minutes).

– Put on comfortable clothes.

– Put tea kettle on stove.

– Pour hot water over favorite tea.

– Grab blanket from dryer.

– Sit down with your tea, close your eyes and breathe for as long as you can swing it! You deserve it. 

* Additional tips: calming music via headphones, a non-autism book, or comfort food. 

How “Parenthood” Broke Down The Autism Awareness Barrier

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Have you come across NBC’s Dramedy Parenthood? I just finished watching the entire series for the second time and it has been so refreshing to come across a TV show that includes character, such as Max Braverman and Hank Rizzoli, that are on the autism spectrum. By including characters like them in a popular show, they allowed millions of viewers to become for familiar with, and therefore normalize, autism. However, I don’t yet have experience with a 6-15 year old autistic son, as the Braverman’s did, so I can’t confidently say that they depicted autism well in Max’s character (or Hank’s character, for that matter).

Parents of older children/adults on the autism spectrum, do you feel that the writers of Parenthood accurately portrayed Max’s character? Comment below with your thoughts on the characters, Max and Hank, from NBC’s Parenthood.

Read the article here: http://www.buzzfeed.com/emilyorley/how-parenthood-broke-down-the-autism-awareness-barrier?utm_term=.toKn4pEnl#.kjvyAkNy1

** If you haven’t seen Parenthood, but would like to, it is streaming on Netflix instant.