July 6, 2010

Gratitude Attitude and Tuesday Tips

Posted in Fun Stuff tagged , at 8:28 am by autismmommytherapist

Through my Tuesday and Thursday posts I’d like to provide a more widespread forum for parents, family members, and practitioners of children with disabilities to provide practical tips for parents, as well as a place to share their views on raising a child with a disability. These contributions will be their ideas and stories, and not necessarily reflect the sentiments of those of autismmommytherapist.

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Gratitude Attitude

This week I’d like to extend a special thanks to everyone at Riding High Farm in Allentown, NJ. Justin completed his first session of horseback riding camp this past week, and he had a fabulous time. He “performed” on Friday, and it was wonderful to see his pride when he demonstrated his newest skills for us. Thank you Robyn, and everyone else who supports the program!

Tuesday Tips:  “What can you do to help siblings of children with autism?”

By Kimberlee McCafferty

1. Any time there is a family outing, try as often as possible to have a back-up plan so that if the child with autism wants to leave or needs to leave, the sibling can remain.

2. Facilitate interaction between the siblings as often as possible. It may be as simple as helping the autistic sibling throw a ball to the NT one, or encouraging a hug. Zach has started “reading” stories to us, and sometimes we can get him to “read” one to Justin, which they both enjoy. It’s a simple way for them to connect, but it works.

3. It’s critical that the NT child grow up in an atmosphere where they can feel comfortable honestly expressing their feelings about their autistic sibling, and how autism affects their life. This will help minimize resentments, and facilitate acceptance.

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8 Comments »

  1. Cindy said,

    Congrats Justin!

  2. Mom said,

    Good advice Kim. And you do this well! Love, Mom

  3. misifusa said,

    Thanks for sharing! xo

  4. Great advice Kim! It is true it doesn’t matter how simplistic the interaction between siblings is just so long as they are interacting! I was overjoyed when a simple game of chase around the house ensued between Zach, my child with autism, and his younger brother, Alex. They were truly enjoying each other fully for the first time and it made my heart so glad!


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