Fidgety

So I read this article as the parent of three kids, one who is autistic and the other two are what I believe are know as neurotypical. It’s not a word I really have ever used to describe them. Anyway, they all have one of those fidget spinners.

After reading this article, entitled “Fidget Spinners: What They Are, How They Work and Why the Controversy” by Stephanie Pappas at LiveScience, I’m beginning to wondering who they are for. Unfortunately, it seems the article shows that they’re still not sure either.

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Autism Librarian

We all need an introduction

A long, long time ago I was a substitute teacher for the Special School District of St. Louis County and it was there I was first introduced to my son. Though he wasn’t even a twinkle in my eye yet, it was my first visit into his world.

The article here is entitled “I Needed an Introduction to Autism Long Before My Son’s Diagnosis” over at The Mighty and I agree with the author in the sense that perhaps we all need an introduction into their world. After all, we all need to learn to get along.

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Autism Librarian

Grocery shopping

So yesterday my oldest son and I went grocery shopping. Usually my daughter goes with me but I thought this time would be a good chance to take just him and talk a little bit about what we see, what we need and what he likes.

Unlike most times, this time I purchased a few things that he wanted, like things for his lunches at school and what he would like to have at home.  We also got the chance to just talk, without the interruption of his brother or sister. In other words, just good father and son time. Sometimes you just need that.

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Autism Librarian

Autism glasses?

Okay, so when I first saw this article, I must admit I was intrigued. Glasses to help someone with autism? Well, it’s an interesting article to say the least. It’s entitled “Autism Glass Takes Top Student Health Tech Prize [Slide Show]: A Stanford grad student’s invention uses Google Glass to help autistic children recognize facial and social cues in real time” by Prachi Patel over at Scientific American. Maybe you just have to see it to believe it.

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Autism Librarian

Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills

Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills, or PEERS is a program out there to help those on the spectrum learn social skills.

To get a better understanding, check out this article over at Disability Scoop entitled “Young Adults On The Spectrum Learn Ins and Outs Of Socialization” by . I know it’s something my son needs to work on.

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Autism Librarian

Stories

This is a that I’ve heard many times before and it’s still just as heartbreaking. In fact, there’s a link to a birthday party invite (near the end of the story) that’s a story we need to hear more often. Kids and parents willing to step up and make a difference.

The article is over at Yahoo! and is entitled “7-Year-Old Girl With Autism Writes Heartbreaking Friend Wish List” by By Bethany Ramos. The birthday party article is entitled “The First Time My Son With Autism Got a Birthday Invite I Didn’t Have to Decline” by over at The Mighty. The power of the story is alive and well.

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Autism Librarian

Our parents always said, each your fruits & vegetables

Maybe they were on to something. Now it seems that there’s something in broccoli that helps improve behavior and social skills of those with autism. The article is entitled “Autism Symptoms Eased by Broccoli Extract, Study Finds” by Michelle Diament over at Disability Scoop.

I guess the trick will be to get them to eat broccoli. I know I don’t really like broccoli myself.

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Autism Librarian

Working for a living

So as the father of a child with autism, one of my hopes is that he can find and keep a job. Now I’m sure I’ve no doubt  said before that even though he is still a couple/few years away, you can never start looking too soon. In fact, I tried to talk about it a little bit when we were at the NASCAR race this past weekend but I need to build on it this weekend.

Like what kind of jobs did we see people doing? Do any of these interest you? When we go over to Pole Position, a local track, I’m going to do the same thing. I know he talks about driving but we need to look at all the possibilities out there.

I found this article tonight buried in a pile of articles on autism and so I’ll sit down to tonight and read it. It’s entitled “Five Tips for Individuals with Autism on Finding Employment” by Kerry Magro. Maybe it will help somebody else too. I also need to keep looking for other summer things to do with him while at the same time, working on his social skills and talk about his future.

Sincerely-

 

Autism Librarian