Firstly, THANK YOU to everyone that messaged and sent us congratulations for yesterday.
I was stressing for that appointment, I am incredibly proud of James and everything he has achieved the last 10months. Its not been easy and as all ASD families know, we have bad days and sometimes we take 1 step forward and 5 steps back but I have learnt that its important to keep moving forward... NO matter what! WHATEVER IT TAKES!
I also got a few messages requesting how we achieved certain things so I will do my best to answer your questions over the next few days.
When James was diagnosed his psychologist said a few things to me that I held on to and she also re confirmed them again yesterday:
Firstly she told me we needed to build a TEAM and a SCHEDULE. She wanted James doing an activity every single day (Mon-Fri), preferably morning activities so he had the afternoon at home to regulate his sensory system. This is as well as home therapy.
She also told me ASD kids need 5 things...
1. Proactive parents
2. Social interaction (away from family)
3. Therapy (suited to the needs of that child as all ASD kids are different)
4. communication BUILD THIS
5. Speech/ language BUILD THIS
She also stated that up to age 7 is crucial years in development and if you want to make a change you have to go hard for this time. She mentions diet and supplementation (there is evidence in this).
So with this information we built a TEAM for James. Once I had the TEAM we then made a solid schedule for his week. Now he is busy, we are busy but the difference in him is HUGE.
To give you a little insight into James' week, he does:
2 days of Pre School (not full day about 5 hours)
Occupational Therapy (sensory based)
Chiropractic - look up craniosacral work in ASD children!!!!! You need a paediatric CHIRO James has been treated since birth we are lucky enough to have 3 chiros in the family including DAD. As a parent I was skeptical but I am telling you now you need to get their nervous system regulated. James loves his treatment and he is a different boy afterwards. Calm, talks more and sleeps like a baby.
* Then we squeeze in specialists which are immunologist, gastroenterologist, pediatrician, nutritionist, dietitian, ENT.
Please remember that every child is different and their needs will be different to James'.
One of the questions I got asked yesterday was, How did we get James onto numbers?
Man I have to think right back to answer this. I can't say that I id this at all. I have developed the passion but his interest in numbers is his deal.
When James was 12months old he ha a BIG interest in books. He loved number books. He has known numbers from a very young age. I have just keep feeding the passion. Numbers also calm James down. When he used to have explosive meltdowns I would sit him on the floor with a big drawing pad and I would write the numbers 1-50, by the time I got to 50 he was calm.
James can count to 1000. James knows all his colours. Alphabet. Days of the week. Months of the year. He really just has an amazing memory.
Numbers is something I will continue to develop with him. I actually just bought him some mathematical sight cards, so I will start them this week. Sounds crazy to be doing maths with a 3 year old but his psychologist believes he is very smart and if we don't stimulate his intelligence he will act out in other ways.
Its funny because we can be at the supermarket and James will start screaming out all the numbers he see's. Just at the hospital the other day he had the nurses searching for the numbers he could see.... so funny!
Have a great day,