Worth Sharing

These aren’t my posts.  They are the wit and wisdom of other bloggers, speakers, and writers whose bookmarked pieces will overwhelm my Favorites if I don’t put them here first.  Enjoy!

Ryan Gosling “Hey, Girl” on Autism by Adventures in Extreme Parenting

Autism and Vaccinations:  My Opinion by Jillsmo

“What Autism Means to Me” by Alexander

Temple Grandin TED Talk Speech

3 thoughts on “Worth Sharing

  1. I don’t know if you have tried this, but there is a particular method used for haircuts by many parents of autistic children. First, if possible seek out a place that has videogames built into the hair cutting station. Snip-its has this, but there may not be one located near you. If not, see if your child is interested in a video game such as Mario Bros. for the Ninetendo DS or some other game for the Ninetendo DS or portable game console that is at his level. Most autistic kids love these and will fixate on them. Bring it to the appointment for your child to use during the haircut. Holding him, telling him it will be over soon, etc. makes him fixate on the haircut taking place and doesn’t really help, plus it makes you miserable too. The best thing is to distract him and many kids of the spectrum almost go into a little trance with video games. Last, make sure you call ahead and explain the situation. The salon can tell you who is best to cut your child’s hair and at what time they are least busy, so there will be less of scene, and they will be emotionally prepared for a bit of a struggle. Let them know they have to let your child play the game and work around his bent head at whatever angle it may be- it will still come out decent if it is a decent hairdresser. As he gets used to getting cuts and no longer associates them with heck, he’ll be able to take small adjustments to his head position and not even notice. If you’ve already tried all this ands it didn’t work – give it some time and try again. The video games seem to be very addictive for almost every autistic kid I know. The best thing IMO is a hairdresser who can work around the kid’s bent head and won’t pester him with chatter or try to get him to answer questions while they cut. The kids need to be into the game and mesmerized enough by it so they don’t notice the haircutting taking place. This method works for blood-drawing and doctor’s appointments too, but it is a bit hard to manage at the dentist. (Dental appointments continued to be awful for us until recently when my son finally adjusted to them.) The other thing I’d suggest is a small reward after the haircut, something he would consider a treat. Snip-its actually gives little carnival type toys at the end, that the kids “win” with from a machine by inserting a token and a bit of their cut hair. This worked like a charm for my son and then when he outgrew their games, the Nintendo worked fine. He now doesn’t need the games for that anymore and he can carry on a pleasant conversation about his style preferences with the hairstylist too (he is a teen). Good luck!

  2. Hello
    I am a speech pathologist in the Orange County area with a new website designed for parents and professionals. It is called Social Skill Suitcase
    http://www.socialskillsuitcase.com
    and the primary purpose is to share ideas and resources for building social skills. I post weekly strategies, app reviews and videos to support parents and professionals who interact with socially challenged children and adults. I would like to be a resource to you and the families you connect with. When you have time, come visit my website :)

    Thank you,
    Danette Bonfield Piantanida, M.A., CCC-SLP

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