KultureCity is a great nonprofit based in Birmingham, Alabama that is changing the world into a better place for people with Autism. Read about them and their Love Without Words campaign. Parenting Hacks deals with saying, "no." Get some ideas about how to teach that concept with your child. Relax! looks at ways to free valuable brain space by journaling. In Resonate with Heart, I talk about my journaling experiences. Finally, check out the Events, Support Groups, and Sensory Friendly Films sections. Enjoy the issue!
Autism Parent September 2016
The feature story deals with mom shaming that is so rampant right now. It also discusses the advantages of Parent Support and Training. Positive self-talk is covered "Relax!" This will help you to be your own best friend. In "Parenting Hacks," you can learn how to assess your life and to make incremental improvements in your
and in your personal life. "Resonate with Heart," talks about my own
experience with difficult critics and the value of life coaching. Be
sure to check out the Sensory Friendly Movies, Events, and Support
Groups at the end of the newsletter. You may find something that appeals
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This month's feature story focuses on self-compassion, which is something everyone can use, but particularly parents and caregivers for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Learn to let go in "Relax!" And, in "Parenting Hacks," you can learn about the value of forced choices for your children. Finally, in "Resonate with Heart," I talk about my writer's block this month and where it led me. Be sure to check out the Sensory Friendly Movies, Events, and Support Groups at the end of the newsletter. You may find something that appeals to you.
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Advocacy! Summer is half over, perhaps less depending on when school starts for your child. It is time to look at those IEP's, Plans of Care, and get things ready for school. This month's issue looks at advocacy from several vantage points.
The feature story draws comparisons between challenges in the state of Kansas and the Canadian provice of Ontario. Both are facing budget difficulties and cutting funding for autism services. In "Parenting Hacks," you will find some practical steps to help you advocate for your child. To help you face the inevitable "no's" that come during advocacy, "Relax!" provides suggestions to center and empower yourself while bolstering your courage. In "Resonate with Heart," I tell my own story about the time when advocating for my child backfired.
Also in this issue are sensory friendly films available in Wichita and Kansas City. There are helpful links to resources available in Kansas and some online resources to help with knowing your rights. Look at the Support Groups and Event section for opportunities that may be available in your area.
In This Issue: It was exciting to put this newsletter together this month because the feature article is about Alexandra Nelson. As a woman with High Functioning Autism, she has accomplished some wonderful things and shares her unique insights. "Parenting Hacks" will teach you about Pre-correction, a technique to help you and your child deal with difficult situations. "Relax!" takes a look at how gratitude can give you perspective and peace. The "Events" section has expanded with support groups and fund-raisers from more areas in Kansas. Sensory-friendly film schedules for both Kansas City and Wichita are listed, as well. There are a couple of "Parenting Post-Its," that are fun and useful.
The Issue at Hand
May is second only to December when it comes to being busy! All the end of school activities, the holiday, the last minute things, it creates a flurry of busy-ness! Now, summer is here and it is time to change gears and have children home instead of at school.
Putting together this month's issue, a heart theme began to emerge. Resonate with Heart describes the evolution of the Resonant Heart© logo and what it means to resonate. A parent shared a heart she designed in Parenting Post-Its. And, "A Heart-Centered Meditation" is described in Relax!, which will help you to take short breaks to de-stress.
Parenting Hacks offers some ideas for summer activities. Events scheduled in the Wichita and Kansas City area are listed, including support groups, fund-raisers, and Sensory-friendly films. The feature article is exciting news about a program Ford is beginning that will hire individuals with ASD.
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Autism Awareness month is coming to a close as April ends. In this issue, Leka, a company formed in France but currently in Kansas City, has created a unique, smart toy for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This is the kind of innovation Autism Awareness makes possible. In Parenting Hacks, learn how to make "Calm Down Bottles" with your child. The Relax! article talks about earthing. You will want to check that out. The Events section has grown with lots of things to do in the Wichita and Kansas City area. Finally, in Resonate with Heart, I talk about change, acceptance, and how it is affecting my advocacy efforts.
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This issue talks about a controversy over early screening for ASD. The Parenting Hack this month is about overteaching and how to correct an unwanted behavior. There is a Sensory Friendly Skate Night coming up in Emporia, and some Sensory-Friendly movies to see in the Kansas City area. Be sure to check the information about the HIPPS program. It's possible that you qualify to receive help paying for your insurance premium. In the Relax! article, you'll find a way to improve your outlook with simple posture changes. In the Resonate with Heart editorial, I talk about the current state of Autism Insurance coverage in Kansas. For next month's newsletter, be sure to email information about events that take place in your part of the state and send in those Parenting Post-Its!