Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Flexibility and Reality

This article is cross-posted at Awe in Autism.

The thing that I found that helps when raising children on the spectrum is your ability to be flexible. Now I know that sounds convoluted, considering that one of the hallmarks of an autism spectrum disorder is the inabity to be flexible, but you must maintain your ability to play switcharoo at any given moment. My ability to roll with the punches and take each moment as it comes has helped our entire family deal with the issues that surround the boys on a daily basis. It is as simple as changing the time you allotted for grocery shopping or running to the dry cleaner that could make or break your child's day.

Now does that mean that they should not learn to be more flexible? Of course, they should. Does it mean that they need to learn how to adjust their schedule or understand that sometimes a teacher, aide or therapist may change? Of course it does, but until that time evolves it is helpful that you be the change you want to see in your children (hat tip to Mahatma Ghandi; hope he appreciates my usurpation of his philosophy.).

Start with a schedule ...

                 We always start out with a schedule and what we want to accomplish on any given day....

Read the rest here at Awe in Autism