Grounding Objects

grounding-object-asdMy son is always holding something; a toy car, a ball, his blanket, a puzzle piece. We thought it was so adorable that wherever we went, he would find a “treasure” as we called it. The first time we went to a park, he found a tiny piece of tree bark and carried it around all day and then into the car and on the way home.

After telling the charming story to my OT (Occupational Therapist), she told me that he was actually using these objects to help ground himself. It’s a technique taught to those with PTSD to assist keeping the individual in the present. For my son, it was helping with his sensory needs.

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OMG Not Another Electronic Toy

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Flashing lights, tons of buttons, and rhyming songs Oh My…God get it out of my house! The electronic toys are adorable and fun, but for a child with ASD (autism spectrum disorder), they become hyper focus prisons. It might take a little time to replace the toy box contents, but the non-electronic toys are out there and they are so much better for promoting cognitive and engaging play.

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Time Out For Self-Regulation, Not Punishment

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In the heat of the moment, when those “terrible two’s” begin to take hold of your child for the first time, it can be really hard to recognize what is actually happening versus what it “feels” like is happening. But that outburst isn’t coming from a place of disrespect or disobedience; it’s an outburst of independence with a serious need to learn self regulation. And as difficult and backwards as it might seem, our response should be to teach rather than punish.

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Parenting Moments That Totally Relate To ‘Star Wars’ Characters

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When it comes to parenting, there are endless trials and triumphs that perfectly compare to personalities of Star Wars characters. I mean, raising a family is pretty much like running a Death Star in that some days you literally have only one mission to accomplish, but everyone else just keeps fucking it up for you. You have your good guy and bad guy moments, but at the end of the day, you would travel to the edge of the galaxy for them all. Continue reading