ABA Therapy and Herbal Remedies

 
Little Z loves his tutors and they are just so kind to him. I’m so happy with our awesome team. Everyone has come into our home with their A game on.

Yesterday one of the tutors knocked on my bedroom door. (I always hide in my room during the afternoon, daycare kids are napping downstairs and Z and his tutors have the run of the upper floor.) Little Z had taken one of each of their boots and was walking around with them. They thought it was so cute they had to share with me. I’m so happy he’s allowed to learn and just be a kid and have find at the same time. 

He’s mastered a few programs and now he has a maintenance program. Basically what this is is the tutor occasionally asks Z to do a program he’s already master periodically to insurance he maintained that skill. It’s awesome we are only 6 weeks in and he’s already running maintenance.

  This weekend our herbalist and I tweaked his herbal program. I found that his sleep cycles were all wonky, and his bowel movements were too frequent. So we cut his catnip fennel from 4mls a day to 2mls, and his turmeric from 4 capsules a day to 1. We kept his black walnut at 1 capsule a day.

Our herbalist Carrie also mentioned this Nature’s Sunshine blend/formula she brought in and was having success with 2 other children like Little Z. So we decided what the heck, let’s give it a go. I scraped up $45 and went and picked it up.

Well I’m glad I did! He’s so calm. Well I mean if you didn’t know him, you might think he was still hyper. But if you know where we are coming from then you would see a HUGE improvement.

I am so happy and grateful we are able to combine these two amazing therapies and create such earth shattering results. For the last year and a half I have been a basket case, having to be on my toes every waking minute. Now yes I’m still on my toes, but not much more than any mother of a rambunctious 3 year old. 

This morning I was able to hot iron my hair while he played with his bin of bath toys in the floor of the bathroom or sat in the stool chatting to me. I’m so happy and feel so relaxed now. To an parent to a easy going typical child, you might not understand. But if you saw me a few months ago and saw me now you would see a difference. I feel like I’m living again, not just surviving. 

Disclaimer: This is not a cookie cutter herbal plan. I am just blogging what we are using here for my records. I would strongly suggest before using a herbal plan with your child you speak with an herbalist. I’m not an herbalist and I am not in a position to offer any advice other then see an herbalist. If you do try what I’m doing with Little Z regarding herbs I am not responsible for any outcomes.

Little Z Update. Nov 2015

I can’t believe it’s almost the end of the year. Little Z is officially 3 and a half years old. So much has been going on his life.

Little Z started ABA therapy at the beginning of September. It’s been a slow start getting staffing in place, but we are almost running at full capacity now.

  Z has really started building a relationship with his morning tutor, and looks forward to her coming every morning. His senior tutor is awesome too, she has even more energy than Z has. I’ve only met our afternoon tutor twice, but I think she is going to make a great addition to our team.

Right now we have a few program going to build compliance, a matching program and a waiting program. But mostly we are just trying to make our tutors reinforcing and fun for Z.

Little Z had a visit last week from our Occupational Therapist. She recommended we try having Z wear a Bear Hug periodically to help him calm down and regulate. She said that deep tissue pressure might do him some good.

He originally freaked out there first time we put it on him, but he settled and seem to be calmed by it. But the next time I put it on him, he did not resist at all. He is able to sit down and do activities more with me now when he wears it.

This is the one we are currently borrowing from our OT. You will notice that it comes with straps. Z didn’t seem to like the straps at all. But the good thing is the straps are removeable. We are going to see what we notice in the next month, and then decided if we should order one. But so far I’m leaning towards yes.

 We have been also implementing a homeschool/Glenn Doman style learning program.

Usually before ABA arrives, lunch time, sometimes in the evening and then before bed, we work through his learning binders and homemade books.

Little Z has also been playing with his own little Mortensen Block sets. Hopefully with time we will be able to transition to a full math program using this blocks.

Skip counting seems to be Zs favorite thing to practice. We have one skip counting chart per learning binder. However in the picture above my son got ahold of one of the binders full of stuff I have ready to put in the binder when he retires the material that is currently there. I guess he wanted to work on counting by 14s and 15s.

If you want to use these charts with your child, check out Homeschool Creations. Jolanthe has charts from 2-15 posted on her blog.

Before bed every night I’ve been trying to read him one story from this amazing book I found at a local church book sale. So far we have read classics like:

– Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

– Jack and the Beanstalk

– Goldilocks and the Three Bears

To name a few…

We are still logging books in our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten log, but seeing as he’s only 3 and already 25% done, I figured we can slow down a bit and work through some classical literature to work on enhancing his vocabulary.

So all and all, I feel like we are on the right path. ABA is hitting on the compliance and left brain skills. At home we are working on the right brain side of things.

What are you doing with your child? I’m always curious to hear, might be something we can incorporate into our day.

*Video Fixed*Homemade Glenn Doman Inspired Books and Flashcards

I know it’s been awhile since my last post. I do apologize. I have been active on Instagram and Youtube. I’ve had a reader or two request I not completely switch over to Vlogging. I’ve been dying to get on here and blog, but since Little Z has decided he’s too cool for naps it’s been hard. Hopefully once Little Z is in full day ABA I will be able to really get back to blogging. For now I hope the sporadic post, and the more regular instagram and Youtube post will be acceptable.

In the past I have talked about our Learning Binders. But I do have to say in the last month or so we have really picked it up with these binders. Z is really responsive to Glenn Doman style learning. I also realized if I’m going to get him to take that next step to reading books on his own, I have to create more homemade books for him to read. So that’s what I’ve been doing. If you’d like to see what they look like, watch the video above. I show you what I have in the binders and what my homemade books look like.

One thing I did not mention in the video is font size. The few that I made from scratch I now realized I have to adjust the print size and reprint. I just notice the larger print keeps his attention much longer. SO even at 3.5 years old, large print is still important.

So to break this down a bit more we have:

1) Learning Binders to present Encyclopedic Knowledge, poems and work on couplets, sentences and skip counting.

2) Story Duotangs to present homemade books. I was able to speak to the IAHP via Facebook messenger. What we are doing after confirming with them is presenting one books a day, reading it 2-3 times, and retiring it to an place where Z can retrieve it himself and read when he wants. I’m sure once the books become longer, we might be reading them less times in a day, but for now this seems to be working. The rep from IAHP also told me if he seems to be bored with a certain book, retire it sooner.

3) I’m currently creating 100s of word flashcards. I’m going to create a binder that breaks down words based on different topics, and another binder with the current words we are working on. We will flip through this binder to introduce new vocabulary. I was hoping to start today, but I did not want to start till we have at least 200 flash cards ready to go. My printer died at 76 last night. I will make a video showing this in more detail when it’s ready. However I think this method, binder style, will help keep all the flashcards organized and simple post its  on each divider will allow me to know when to retire words.

So the learning binders will be less strict. I’m not interested in running a traditional Glenn Doman Encyclopedic Knowledge program. But when it comes to reading, since Z is responding well, I want to encourage it.

One thing I think is worth mentioning is this. If your child is not labeling items during the day, and by this I mean is not pointing out and labeling dogs, squirrels, bulldozers, naming items like forks, or describing actions etc. You might want to included pictures with your words. While Glenn Doman does not worry about comprehension, other programs like the NACD do. Z is able to label 1000s of items, but with my oldest this was not the case. At the end of the day, he can read and decode at a high level but sometimes still struggles with comprehension. I also believe not introducing Doman Style books to him affected things as well with my oldest.

If you’re trying to figure out how you can afford to print out all these flashcards and books check out my friend Liz’s(otherwise know as DomanMom) post. She was able to help me pick an awesome printer. While the ink cartridges from Amazon have caused me nothing but trouble, I have been able to purchase some from the local ink shop for a lot cheaper than my old HP, and they allow me to print out so many more pages for that cheaper price.

What Is Early Learning To Me?

This is a topic that everyone seems to have a different option.

What is Early Learning?

All kids start learning at a very early age. Even before they are born, fetuses are learning the sound of their mother’s voice. Infants start learning their native tongue. Toddlers learn how to walk, talk, etc.

Well yes all that is learning, I don’t consider that “Early Learning” though.

To me Early Learning is a parent creating an environment for a child to learn something that is not typically taught at that age.

While no one will bat an eyelash at the thought of teaching a little one there ABCs or to count to 10. As soon as your start teaching your little one letter sounds, sight words, days of the week, addition, etc, you MUST be pressuring them.

Early Learning is not hot housing little babies. Its not strapping them down and drilling math problems. Those types of techniques would not work on a baby or a toddler.

But when you present information to a child in a fun, gentle, calm way, your child will WANT to learn. When I do flashcards with my child or for us we use Learning Binders Little Z gets so excited. While we were with the NACD, they did not want us doing this program, so I put the binders away. Well one day I found that he broke into my room and found them in the closet and was using them himself. So trust me this is a gentle process.

What does Early Learning Look Like?

Early Learning when it comes to reading might be a mom sitting down with her child at 6 months following the flashcard program designed in Glenn Doman’s How to Teach your Baby to Read book.

Wesley GraduationTo another family Early Learning Reading might look like it did for Wes and I when he was two. In the morning I would play Your Baby Can Read(YBCR) DVDs while he ate his breakfast. Then I would buckle him in the car to go to daycare and flash through a few index cards with words handwritten on them. We would arrive at daycare and we would go through them again. He would get dropped off at daycare and I would go to work. In the evening he would watch another video of YBCR. Then after supper and playtime, it would be bath and bed. We would read a book or two together, flash though some flashcards and off to bed he went. When he was three we finished the YBCR DVDs and started using BrillKids Little Reader(2 sessions) before bed.

SAM_0965To another family Early Learning Reading might look like what happened with Z. He was a second child to an Early Learning family. We started some of Glenn Doman’s “How Smart is Your Baby program early on. We also started him on Sparkabilities DVD’s at a week old. Then when he was 3 months old we started  BK Little Reader. It took me a little longer then I would have liked to start him on the other BrillKids programs because my laptop broke and took me a few months to replace, But during that time I was so grateful to have the iPad. When he was 12 months we started doing apps like Hooked On Phonics and Teach Me among others.

I think that the environment is the key. I think at the end of the day to be considered an Early Learning parent, your child must be in the early learning window of 0-5 years old. These parents go beyond the usual ABC’s and 123’s.

What is Early Learning to your family?

Preschool Prodigies eBook And Bells Review

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If you haven’t heard of Mr Rob’s preschool music program, you must go check out his website Preschool Prodigies Lessons for the Young Musician.

I’ve been working on music with Little Z since he was 7 months old using a program called BrillKids Little Musician. We ran thought this programs 1 year curriculum twice and Little Z did learn a lot. But I was stumped, now where do we go from there. Z is too young to start taking piano lessons. Now I know that, yes I’m sure I could convince Wes’s teacher to take him on. However he is just a bit too active right now. Maybe in 6 months I will reevaluate and I might pay her to do a weekly 10 mins lesson. Before for now I need something different.

Then my dear Early Learning friend told me about this Mr Rob guy, that has a band that host “Baby Raves”. Baby Raves?? I will admit the first thing that came to mind was a bunch of babies dropping acid and dancing to techno. Turns out (Thankfully!) that Mr Rob is not trying to corrupt our little ones. Mr Rob and his band Nature Jam, perform at libraries and festivals, singing silly songs about avocados and awesome songs about treating other people the way you want to be treated. I love while watching Nature Jam’s youtube videos, that the words are scrolling on the screen while they sing. This is awesome for Early Learning Mom’s and Dad’s teaching your little ones to read.

 Well the reason my friend mentioned any of this was because Rob designing a program using desk bells with corresponding colors. Best part, the colors are super similar to the colors in the Little Musician program.

 While I was going through the Preschool Prodigies YouTube videos to create a playlist for Little Z, I stumbled across this video. It a brief explanation on how this program works.


This is one of the examples of the video lessons Mr Rob presents. What I like to do is play these lessons for Little Z while he eats his breakfast. Then later in the day we sit down with the sheet music and bells and practice what we watched earlier. Little Z is quite a busy boy, but if you have a little one that is a little less active, you may be able to get them to follow along and use the bells while watching the videos. I know this is what we are working towards.

20150519_222114687_iOSSo what do we think of Preschool Prodigies?

Wow! What a well put together package. BrillKids Little Musician was a tough act to follow, but Preschool Prodigies really offered everything I was looking for.

The sheet music is very child friendly. I can see kids who use this program being able to easily slip into sight-reading regular music when the time comes.

desk bellsThe whole program is so affordable. The e-book “My First Song Book Vol 1” is available for purchase for $9.99. You have the choice, you can us this program on the color coded desk bells(pictured to the left) which are available for $54, or you can also place color coded stickers on your keyboard. These stickers are currently on sale for $8.99. They also have available on their website in the same color scheme Boomwhackers and Resonator bells that can be separated into 8 different instruments.

It is completely possible to teach a group of preschoolers using this programs. You can also us this program with your toddler or preschooler and learn more than one instrument.

When you head over to Preschool Prodigies you can sign up for a free ebook called Raising a Young Musician. This guide will help you try this program at nearly no cost. Once you know this is the program for your child you can invest in an instrument then,

You can clearly tell that Mr Rob loves what he does. His passion in his podcast is clear. You can download these podcast straight to your apple device, or you can view them online here. Also according to the website, we can look forward to a mobile app in the spring.

So between the ebook and the new podcast coming up regularly this program is an amazing way to teach your child perfect pitch, plus set your child up for a love of learning music. The foundations will be laid out for them to really succeed in music.

 

 

What are we doing now? Early Educations and Afterschooling

20150524_145741684_iOSWell now that we are no longer working with the NACD, I decided that I need to reevaluate what we are doing education wise with Wes and Little Z.


 

20150523_013745730_iOSLast night was Wes’s last piano practice till the fall. Last year I just put him in at a music school 10 mins away every other week to keep him fresh. But this year that school is shutting down for the month of July and opening for August. While we can do sessions in August, it does not make sense since we are on holidays 2 of the weeks. So I guess my mission for the next few weeks is to find a summer music teacher.

As of today our main focus has been the Simply Smarter online computer programs and khan academy. We’ve also been doing a few of the Kumon books on Multiplication. While know that they are gaged at 6,7 and 8 years old, I think that Wes needs to work on hammering down his math facts. Honestly I have been pretty bad at working with him on shared high interest reading and comprehension reading. I really know I need to step it up a little in this area.

I know that come summer things are going to change. Wes does not do well with unscheduled time. I know if I don’t plan for things I will have him bugging me with the usual, “I’m bored Mom!” line. So while I want him to have fun just being a kids, I think I need to plan. So stay tuned for summer ideas for school agers.


20150523_014557161_iOSWith Little Z we have been trying to enjoy as much outside time as possible. Come September we will be starting with the ABA program with him, and will likely have less free time.

But at the same time I want to stay on top of his education as well. So we reintroduced the The EEECF Country Course vol. 1 using the Little Reader program.

I have also been using Little Reader to create books to use along side out Hooked On Phonics app and workbooks.

 We have also been watching Rachel Coleman’s new Preschool series : Rachel and the Treeschoolers.

I bought this series during their kickstarter campaign a while back. Little Z and my daycare kids just love them so much. Its crazy to watch your little ones singing songs about photosynthesis.

On top of all this we are still using a number of apps, and reading as much as we can with a squirmy little boy. We are also working on some make shift ABA programs. Puzzles, matching Etc.

I think come September once we have a good ABA schedule in place, I will be able to prosway the tutors to work on some EL materials. Plus having the basics being taken care of by the tutors, I can force on the academics.

NACD Update for Little Z- Second Quarter in the Program

Well I can’t believe its taken me this long to write about our March evaluation! Yikes!

The NACD is an organization that will help parents create a program plan to implement with their children to help them be the best they can be. These programs can be for children with disabilities, who are gifted, who are average, as well these programs can even be created for adults.

If you have read about what we were doing with Little Z before, you can check out our First Quarter NACD Programs Here.

Before the actually evaluation I had to do a reading test on Little Z, nothing fancy. So I gave them the test back an our evaluator marked it. Little Z’s reading recognition is at a Grade 2.8 level. Now we can’t test reading comprehension just yet, but this was pretty exciting for us.

Zakari:
– Continue the Listening Program
– Continue Targeted Sound Intervention
– Continue Encyclopedia Program
– Start Memory 4 U app x2

– Read books x2: For this program I have been using a mix of Farfaria, as well as regular picture books. 

– Continue Language Play: I don’t know why this program is difficult for me. If you ask my childhood friends, they will tell you I was queen of make believe play. But in my “old age” I guess I’m having trouble going back to that state of mind. 

– Start Experience books (Using Picello): This program I am creating books using pictures to tell a story. Right now we are working on a book about going to visit a family friend. 

– Language Related Photo flashcards (Using Picello)x3: This program we are teaching Little Z what to say for different situations. For example I have a photo of him in a high chair, so we would prompt him to say “I am hungry.”

– Functional Directions x20: Basically I have to give Z 20 directions, “put this in the laundry basket, could you put this in the sink, go to the bathroom for bathtime, etc”.


– COntinue Spontaneous Scripts x20. I talked about this before, but using a whiteboard I’m suppose to write things that Little Z might think. 


– 1 step directions x10: This is a bit different than Functional Directions. Here I have to ask him to do things that are not really functional, but still useful. Like point to the horse in the picture. Or touch your nose. Etc.

– Stairs x5: We are back to working on climbing stairs. This is to help build the muscles in his thighs.


– Mouth Stimulation x4: And we are still using one of those Nuby Rubbery ToothBrushes. This is to help desensitize his need to put things in his mouth. It really does seem to be helping. 


 We have had to make a super hard decision, and on the first of May I gave our 30 days notice to go into vacation mode with the NACD. RIght now we are working so closely with the herbalist/energy work, that money wise I cannot swing running both programs. Don’t you wish there was an endless supply of money to help your kids out. Sadly I have to make sure my kids are health physically, otherwise I am basically wasting money in the other areas.

But stay tuned because I finally have gotten out of my little funk I was in and have created a schedule for Z that combined what we learned with the NACD, plus sneaking in some other programs I feel are important.

Visit to the Herbalist

flat pigOh My Goodness! I really have been letting time get away from me. Honestly I was in a bad mental position lately. I felt like I was drowning. Then I took the boys to see a herbalist and she took one look at me and realized I was in worse condition than my boys. I’ve been on some herbs for about a week now and I’m realizing that it wasn’t life getting to difficult, it was my ability to deal with life that was the problem.

Both boys are seeing this woman, and I was really impressed with her. The whole experience reminds me of a book I read recently “He’s Not Autistic, But…”

She has 20+ years experience, plus she is very intuitive. She was able to look right at us and tell us what the problem was. I would have called BS except she is highly recommended by some people I respect and trust. As well my gut says she’s trustworthy. She was able to tell me things about my health as well as the boys that there would be no way of her knowing. Wes is going back on Wednesday for some energy work. Both the boys are going back next week to follow up with our herb regimen. The boys are both taking 6 pills twice a day, plus 2-4 droppers full of liquid herbs twice a day. I’m listing them here for my own log, however I would not suggest anyone try and replicate what we are doing as these herbs were picks specifically for me and my boys. I am not responsible if you try to use them without first consulting a doctor and/or herbalist. I am not a doctor, I’m just sharing my experience. 

Both the boys and myself are taking:

2 tablets of Natures Sunshine Cal-Mag PLUS, 2 times a day

2 capsules of Natures Sunshine Rosehips, 2 times a day

The boys are also taking:

2 Capsules of Alfalfa Leaf Vegetable Capsules, 2 times a day

Wes is taking:

1ml of Black Walnut Extract 2 times a day

1ml of Natures Sunshine Lobelia Extract, 2 times a day

Little Z is taking:

2mls of ALJ Liquid Herb (2 FL.OZ), 2 times a day

2mls of Natures Sunshine Oregon Grape Digestive and Circulatory System Support Alcohol-Free Herbal Extract

1 drop per foot of a Essential Oil blend, 3 times a day. Plus 3 drops in his bath. I’m also suppose to let him smell it as often as possible, so I put a drop of “Flat Pig” every night before bed.

As well I am taking:

4 sprays of Lady Mate Mist, 2 times a day

 So far I notice that I am feeling so much better. I felt out of control and an emotional wreck.

I’m not seeing a lot of change with Wes, but she seems to think that the energy work is what will help him more.

I’m noticing that Little Z is a bit calmer. More phrases are coming out of his mouth and he seems to be using words to converse. I’m noticing his bowels are more regular and that his appetite has picked up.

I feel like I have so much more to write about, but I won’t bombard you with too much at once. Just know I’m doing well and I’m hoping to get back on a regular writing schedule. I still have to write about what we are doing this quarter with the NACD. As well I’m so excited to tell you guys more about the new music program Little Z and I are doing, Preschool Prodigies.

10 Steps/Tip to Jump Start Your Child’s Early Education.

So you want to teach your child to read, count, etc. Here are 10 tips to help you on your way.

1) Read Glenn Doman’s books “How To Teach Your Baby to Read” and “How to Multiply Your Baby’s Intelligence.”

Glenn Doman has several books out there and feel free to read all of them. However I found they could be very repetitive. So if you’re a busy parent who doesn’t have too much extra time, I feel you will get the most bang for your buck with these two.

How to Teach Your Baby To Read, will give you different steps on how to teach your little one to read. Reading is the most important program to work on in my opinion, because if a child can read, the can teach themselves where else they want to learn.

2) Join the BrillKids forum.

Sometimes it can be lonely when you’re trying to teach your young child and the people around you are not very supportive. You start hearing things like, “Let them just be a kid!” “Stop pressuring them…” Then you start to doubt yourself. Visit my post for the 4 Reasons WHY You Should Teach Your Baby To Read, then go join the BrillKids forum and start connecting with like minded parents.

3) Read Little Miss: a father, his daughter & rocket science. Nathan Meikle, has documented his journey teaching his daughter how to read. It is awesome to read a first hand account of what they did and how his daughter reacted.

4) Don’t try and do everything at once. Pick one or two things you want to teach your child and start working on them. Remember 10-15mins a day is better than not doing it at all.

Start with one program and do it at a set time. I find mealtimes are a good time for lessons. Especially Breakfast and Lunch. Also bedtime is another good time to sneak in a lesson.

As tempting as it is to start all sorts of great program at once, contain yourself! You will burn out and your child with feel bombarded. Start by adding things one or two at a time. Allow your child to get use to them and allow them to become part of your routine before you add another thing. This way you can watch to see how your child reacts to that one program to make sure its the right one for your child.

read for 20 mins a day

This chart keeps reminding me why reading to my children is so important.

5) Children learn to be readers in the laps of their parents. Spend a few mins a day reading with your child.

Look up reading list online and put a bunch of books on hold at your local library. Hit up the local thrift store and garage sales to find affordable new books for your child and you to read together.

Make sure you are not just teaching them how to read words, but spending time enjoying books together. If your child learns that reading is a fun thing to do, they will want you to teach them how to read.

You can also find fun age appropriate books on topics you might be working on. Like counting, shapes, manners, etc.

6) Utilize smartphone apps and/or tablets.

Now while I don’t think that tablets will replace books anytime soon, using apps to help teach a concept is super motivating for most children and super easy for a parent to use. Check out my post: Teaching My Toddler: What Apps Are We Using.

7)Youtube is full of good quality materials. Plus its FREE.

8) Utilize otherwise wasted time during the day to learn.

Educational songs in the car.

Read in the car while waiting for daycare to open.

So a quick 1 min round of flashcards at diaper changes, in and out of the carseat, etc…

Counting how many cheerios on their plate.

9) Start early

It is never too early to read to your baby, sing them the ABC songs, and talk to them about everything. Check out my post: Can I Teach My Newborn, Infant or Toddler Basic Kindergarten Skills? YES YOU CAN!

10) Avoid spending too much time planning. Spend that time with your child learning.

Its easy to get caught up researching, preparing and creating beautiful materials for your child to learn with. But if that is going to eat up your time, or you never finish it, or your child uses it for a day or two and masters it, is that time really well spent? Your child doesn’t care if the edges are cut perfect on your flashcards, or if they are on the back of old cereal boxes, special pretty paper. So don’t waste time or money on that.

 

What tips do you think are helpful that I may have missed?

8 Things To Do After Your Child has been Diagnosed With Autism. Autism Vlog #2

autismSo its happened, you just got back from the doctor and the news wasn’t good. They have told you your child has Autism.

The new A-word.

I remember hearing these words and just feeling hollow inside. Sitting in my car and crying, because I felt so alone and helpless.

But you are NOT helpless. There are several things you can do to give your child a fighting chance.

Please Subscribe to my Youtube Channel and help get the word out to parents how have children with Autism

1) First Put Your Mask on First and Process What is Happening:

This is a hard pill to swallow. You might be feeling guilt, but don’t be. No one knows what causes Autism for sure. Personally I feel the reason they can’t figure it out is because there are more than one smoking gun. Whether its food, environment, vaccines, the list goes on of possible suspects.

Find someone to talk to. Sadly with Autism becoming more and more common, its kind of like cancer, some one knows someone who has a child with it. I also found online forums and facebook groups helpful.

2) Find Out What Services are Available Locally and Get on the Waitlist.

Talk to your doctor or public health nurse. Find out what services your province, state, school division, etc provides. Then get on their waitlist. The list are usually long, so its better to be on them as early as possible.

3) Find Out What Types of Tax Credits and Benefits You Qualify for.

Call your accountant and find out what kind of tax credits or benefits your family is entitled to. Also ask about back pay. Autism is considered a condition that is there at birth, you should be able to do some adjustments to your taxes and get some back pay. This extra money will come in handy to pay for therapies not covered by the government or your insurance plan.

4) Hit Your Local Library, or Amazon and Get Books on Autism.

Education is power. You’re not going to agree with every book you read. But I found the more I read about Autism the more I learned. Even the autobiographies, they would talk about their experience with different therapies and I was able to look them up on google and find more help.

5) Get a DAN! Doctor or Naturopath that has Experienced with Child with Autism.

While your child’s medical doctor is good for broken bones, and stuff like that, they are not always the best source when it comes to autism.

DAN!(Defeat Autism NOW!) practitioners are specially trained to deal with autism. They understand that other ailments your child may be experience are usually correlated. Even an experience Naturopath can offer gentle alternatives to help your child.

6) Educate Yourself on How Your Child’s Diet is Affecting Their Behavior.

Food affects people more than they think. Look into what might be affecting your child. For some kids gluten give them the feeling of being on opium, other kids its food colorings. Research and talk to your DAN! or Naturopath.

7) Look For a NAET Practitioner

NAET(Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Techniques) is a acupressure(no needles so don’t worry) therapy that helps reboot the body and to have it stop reacting poorly to certain allergens.

For example my son was terribly allergic to milk and gluten. 2 months working with our NAET practitioner, he can now eat both of them without any issue.

8) Learn about Early Learning.

Join the BrillKids Forum and look into there program Little Reader. Both my boys learned how to read using this program and it also helps expand vocabulary and labeling skills. Things some autistic children struggle with.

You can read more about these programs HERE. If you land up deciding this program is a fit for your child here is a coupon code for 10% off your order BKAFF21929.

 

What other tips do you have that I may have missed?

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