Hello!!! Day 3 SOBER... its ok I have got a Kombucha for the 5pm beverage NEED.
Firstly, Thank you to all the people that commented on our feature on the Humans with ASD social media. Its not too late to read what I wrote about James. I was so honored to be asked to share some positivity about our journey and also ASD. What I wrote was based on James' improvement in speech. When James was diagnosed at at 3 in January of this year he was classed as NON VERBAL. So many of you have messaged me or emailed me regarding what we did to help James become verbal. I thought I would address some of these things below.
Today I went to a workshop that I was really really looking forward to. It was the Auslan Key word sign workshop. Sign language has always interested me, I take my hat off to anyone that learns sign language!!!!!!!!!!!!! Key word sign is NOT sign language it is signs taken from sign language as a tool used along with speech to help stages of communication from unintentional to symbolic communication it also helps with comprehension. I have learnt so much today! Now the practice begins, so if you have a conversation with me now, expect to be dazzled with accompanying signs. So there were 10 of us in the session today. Half had children with ASD and half were pre school teachers. I encountered one of the most close minded negative people today. She wanted to have conversations about reliant topics yet had multiple negative remarks throughout every conversation. You know those people that you talk to and you feel like you are bashing your head against the wall?!! Yep... just like that! She was not a positive, encouraging soul at all. I will not say anymore on this matter.... we live in a SMALL town. All I will say is one of my closet friends said to me recently 'people and situations are sent into your path to test you.... allow it to make you stronger!' One of the reasons I am doing this is to change peoples misconceptions about ASD and help give them tools to help ASD children... its sad to think the amount of PARENTS that have NO understanding, patience or willingness to make a change!! GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR GRRR GRRR
Ok so helping with speech! So I did a lot of googling back then (January). I read somewhere that you should have random conversations with your non verbal children like they are answering you back. So I started (still do) having conversations with James in the car, during a bath, while cooking etc. Then he started speech therapy and his therapist was using KEY WORD SIGN. So although James had a delay in learning words he was using this! I found that with every key word used he would start saying the word within the week!!! We also started holding James accountable for communicating for things, he either had to gesture, try to say the word or say the word to get what he wanted. HE WAS FRUSTRATED! This passed! Now I use bombardment... so if he doesn't have a word or a sound I repeat the word or sound we are trying to learn over and over like a broken record! Also when he asks for something and uses TWO words I add in more words and make him say a bigger sentence. I will stress that we use PRAISE a lot of PRAISE, ASD children like PRAISE and will work best when PRAISED. Obviously all ASD children are different BUT I think all children have potential to speak, you need to find how they learn. Use their interests to help establish a common ground.
I hope this helps some of you. Please leave me comments on what you would like to pick my brain on and I will try write blogs based around what people want to know.
Peace out folks! Sharna xx
Welcome! Welcome! Welcome to James' Health Journey something I started to help me get through the good days and the bad days, why pay a psychologist when I can put it all on paper right?! A diary where I could look back and see what worked and what didn't. Ultimately I want to bring awareness to Autism Spectrum Disorders and show the world that these amazing little humans are well AMAZING! And with the right therapies, endless love, positive vibes and support these beautiful souls can shine out away from the shadows! When James was diagnosed his psychologist said to me 'are you ready for three years of full time early intervention', my response was WHATEVER IT TAKES! So here we are..... Thank you for following us and enjoy the ride! @jameshealthjourney