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After you’ve enjoyed the cookouts and firework displays of Labor Day, the barbecue fumes begin to clear and reality sinks in. Summer is officially over.
No more days of laid-back, easy-breezy living. No more sleeping in late or bustling the kids to camps or other activities.
The school bells are ringing, and unfortunately there are more of those teachers’ dirty looks.
While the kids are in school, it is time to get your groove back.
They are off learning the fundamentals of the three R’s. Class is also in session for you. You have fundamentals to learn about autism. Not only do you need to find out more about the latest research or fun at-home activities, but also connect to others who deal with the same issues you face daily.
On MyAutismTeam Blog, Eric Peacock has compiled five helpful resources on autism that you can check out from your local library or download to your devices.
Three of the books are memoirs and personal stories by parents who have children with autism. The other two offer theoretical information and practical advice on different issues regarding autism.
As you are reading these resources, you can also get back into your groove by doing a little writing of your own. Even though it is early September, local stores still have school supplies such as composition books on sale. Grab a few and record the daily ins and outs of your life. Process your thoughts on what you have learned about autistic.
Be inspired to share your own experiences with others. When we share what we have learned and experienced, we help others fall back into the groove of life.
Start your fall reading now by checking out these resources on this website: http://blog.myautismteam.com/2012/04/03/5-great-autism-books-for-parents-to-read-share/
Check out other blog posts on the MyAutism Team Blog. It is a great resource with various practical tips for parents of autistic children, including 7 tips on how to keep the romance alive: http://blog.myautismteam.com/2012/11/28/7-tips-from-autism-parents-on-how-they-keep-the-romance-alive-with-their-spouses/
So what are you waiting for? As the old Dee Lite song goes, “the groove is in the blog.” Find yours in your parenting and other areas of your life today by doing some fall reading.
*Peacock, Eric. “Five Great Autism Books for Parents.” MyAutismTeam Blog. http://blog.myautismteam.com/2012/04/03/5-great-autism-books-for-parents-to-read-share/
Have you ever witnessed a parent with a child having a tantrum and thought, “wow, that parent doesn’t know what they’re doing?” Or even worse, have you ever been the victim of this? Parenting a child with autism can be quite difficult and tiring, and many feel they can’t take their child for outings to the store or to a museum, for fear of a tantrum or melt down. Museums across the country became sympathetic to this, and decided to take action.
According to a study released by the American Alliance of Museums, more museums are creating programs catered towards children with autism. Whether it is a specific block of time during the day just for these children, or special art projects, museum staff members are encouraging families to attend the museums. Some museums are also encouraging professionals to attend these programs, to serve as a guide for the parents.
The Please Touch Museum for children in Philadelphia is an example of this effort, with their “Play without Boundaries” program. During this hour, the lights are dimmed and the music is turned down, in order to help the children feel comfortable. In an article released this week, parents of a 3 year old with autism were always reluctant to take their son on outings for fear of a tantrum. [i] However, after such a positive and rewarding experience at the museum, they are excited to return back for future events.
Other museums aiding in this effort include: Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Contemporary Art- Jacksonville, Chicago’s Children Museum, Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine, Boston Children’s Museum, COSI Columbus Science Center, and Oklahoma WONDERtorium.
If the trend continues, more parents across the country will be able to bring their child to a museum without fear of judgment or stress.
To read more and for a full list of participating programs, visit the American Alliance of Museum’s site.
[i] “NPR” How to make museums more inviting for kids with autism. 18 Jun 2013. Web. <http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/06/18/193092510/how-to-make-museums-more-inviting-for-kids-with-autism>