a Series of Suggestions with < My Thoughts > by Sara Luker
#1 What to do While You Wait... Red Flags &
Parental Concerns CHECKLIST
#2 What to do While You Wait... Diagnosis &
Denial & Doctors WHAT TO DO NEXT…
< My Thoughts > "While You Wait..."
Parents often must wait days, weeks, and even months for assessments or doctor appointments. During this stressful time, it's good to feel that you are actively helping your child. This can become an important time of clarifying what bothers you the most about your child's behavior, development, or other concerns. Video tape what you are seeing and how your child acts throughout the day/night. 'Seeing is believing' for someone new to your child.
Prioritize your child's 'needs' and your 'wants'. Try new things... like teaching your child age appropriate 'developmental skills' that are non-invasive. See what works and what doesn't. Eventually, you will have to choose from available programs, therapies, and services that will be offered. Some are quite expensive, so understand your child well enough to figure out what will probably work and what absolutely won't. You can only know this by trying some things on your own. In this 'page' I give you some ideas on where to start to discover who your child is 'behind' the autism.
HOW TO FIND THE INTERVENTION OUTCOME YOU ARE LOOKING FOR…
Before looking for a program… Prioritize your child’s
‘needs’… Prioritize your ‘wants’
In other words…
What is the most frightening or destructive thing that is going on right now in your child’s world?
Recent studies show the following things worry parents the most…
- gross motor skills
- speech/language communication
- social/personal awareness
- daily living skills
This POST is about COGNITION… #3B Continued…
#3B What to do While You Wait... Work on these SKILLS... COGNITION...
a series of suggestions with < My Thoughts > by Sara Luker.
In the ordinary world, ‘cognition’ or the ability of the child to make sense of their world by asking and answering questions, appropriately. By participating in a back-and-forth conversation, appropriately and by learning through active listening and paying attention. Another way to show ‘cognition’ is by showing ability to use short-term and long-term memory; as well as being able to understand the world from someone else’s perspective.
Most studies show that with early identification and intervention, children with autism, both verbal and non-verbal, have made cognitive gains with help. These gains can be made by helping the child expand and explore experiences in their natural setting (at home and community).
< My Thoughts > ...While you're waiting...
for the world of doctor’s appointments, consultations, and program possibilities to open up for you... you might try some of these suggestions... Smiles.
The CDC Milestone Tracker suggests some of the following activities to do with your child:
2 – months:
- Talk, read, sing to your baby
- Encourage your child to play peek-a-boo
- Hold a toy or rattle so baby can reach for it
- Place toys near your child so s/he can reach or kick them
- Provide opportunities for your child to safely explore his/her surroundings
- When your baby looks at something, point to it and talk about it.
- When s/he drops something, pick it up and give back. Teaches cause/effect
- Teach more cause/effect by rolling a ball back & forth saying “My turn” … “Your turn”
- Say what you think your baby’s feeling… “Are you hungry?” “Are you sleepy?”
- Try to stick to an established daily & nightly routine
- Help your child follow simple directions “Pick up toy”
- Show your child how to point to what s/he wants, using pointer finger
- Build on what your child is trying to say… “Yes, that’s a big blue truck.”
- Help your child know what ordinary things are… spoon, cup, toy…
- Help your child point to body parts
- Help your child follow simple commands
- Help your child learn & complete rhymes
- Teach your child to build a tower with more than 2 blocks
- Help your child sort by colors & numbers
- Give your child the opportunity to work toys with buttons, levers, & moving parts
- Give your child the opportunity to work 2 – 4 piece puzzles
- Give your child the opportunity to copy shapes with a pencil or crayon
- Give your child the opportunity to say first & last name & phone number
- Give your child the opportunity to sing songs from memory
- Give your child the opportunity to tell stories
- Give your child the opportunity to learn name, parent’s name, address & phone number
- Give your child the opportunity to have a ‘play’ date
- Give your child the opportunity to explore his or her interests
Note: Next in the What to do While You Wait is - Social/Personal Awareness & Daily Living Skills
Disclaimer: Just to let you know that I, Sara Luker, have put forth my best efforts to create the extended book reviews presented here on this website. I have permission from the authors to publish these Extended Book Reviews. This is just a sharing of stories of those who have gone on before you. Please, understand also that all health matters ALWAYS require professional medical decisions, diagnosis, and treatment by highly qualified and licensed individuals.
Recently, I have added “What to Do While You Wait” to the website. This collection of information is for educational purposes only. My hope is that you will not feel alone when dealing with the mysteries of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Know that I, Sara Luker, receive neither financial rewards nor other interests derived from this website. This has been created purely for the readers sharing information and for your enjoyment.