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My blog has moved to www.ourstarinc.org please go and subscribe! Hope to see ya there!

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Wandering and Elopement

Wandering/Elopement is a really serious matter!
Accidental drowning accounted for 91% total U.S. deaths reported in children with autism ages 14 and younger subsequent to wandering/elopement. Sixty-eight percent of these deaths happened in a nearby pond, lake, creek or river. That is why swimming lessons are so important. Please click here for a list of YMCA locations that offer special needs swimming lessons, and be sure that your child’s last lesson is with clothes and shoes on.

Swimming Instructions
http://nationalautismassociation.org/resources/autism-safety-facts/swimming-instructions/

There was a time when I was visiting my aunt, I went to the grocery store and left my son who is autistic with my husband and Uncle. Some how my son unlocked the door to the backyard where there was a pool and no gate. He walked into the pool where the steps were. Just as my husband was coming from the bathroom he saw our son from the kitchen window and ran outside and grabbed him out of the pool. Luckily he was not out there very long.

Has there been a time where you experienced your child wandering or lost?
Please share your experience !This blog is Courtesy of ourstarsinc.org

Also check out Home Safety blog on my new blog site http://ourstarsinc.org

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Meltdown versus a Tantrum

I had no idea what the difference was between a meltdown and tantrum, until I experienced one with my son Cole. My first thought was this is not the norm. He would bang his head on the floor or wall. He would lose complete control. It was very hard to calm him down.When he was diagnosed with autism, I began to read books about autism and learning the difference between a meltdown vs. a tantrum. Now a days I can pretty much tell what will cause a meltdown and I try to avoid them. Like for instance, if he is tired or over stimulated, or if someone is constantly in his space. It just becomes to much for him to handle.

Once when cole and I was in a store he picked out a bunch of things he wanted and put them in the basket. I didn’t say a word about the items, knowing if he heard the word no or saw me put the items back, would send him into a full fledge meltdown. When I was at the check out stand I kindly asked the cashier when he wasn’t looking to please take those items off. It almost worked,as we were exiting the store he was looking for those items and quickly realized they were not in the basket, and started to have a meltdown. I am not saying what I did was right. I would rather him have a meltdown on the way home then in the store. I was able to distract him with one of the goodies I did get on our shopping trip, which caused the meltdown to stop.

Here are some links on how to handle a meltdown and also to tell the difference between the two.

http://www.educationnews.org/articles/autism-meltdowns-verses-temper-tantrums.html

How have you handled a meltdown ?
Please do tell!

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Early Autism Assesment

I have worked in the child development field for over 15 years. I have had
the opportunity to work with many children with different abilities. I knew very little about autism. It was not talked about very much. Not at all like in today’s time where you hear it mentioned on the news or t.v. At least once a day.

My son cole was officially diagnosed at the age of 2. I saw signs of delay very early on. Including a speech delay . He is now 3 years old and in a preschool program for children who have autism.

My son Evan is 15months. I took it upon my self to conduct an assessment on my own called the M-chat, I will put the link for this assessment. This assessment is a yes or no question assessment. It showed he was at risk for autism. Which was no surprise to me. I have seen some signs of him being at risk, some examples- language regression : saying words,then not saying them at all. Ignoring me when being called, no pointing for things he wants or to show .
Also I will have a link below for signs to look out for!

Today Evan had an assessment with early intervention through the regional center. He qualifies for services. Early intervention is so important.

M-Chat assessment
https://m-chat.org/mchat.php

Signs to look out for
http://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism/learn-signs

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Sensory Friendly Films

On June 29th I will be attending a sensory friendly film at our local AMC theatre. I will be bringing along my boys, ages 1years, 3 years and 10 years old. My 3 year old has been diagnosed with autism. He has never experienced a movie at a theatre. This will be a very interesting date. After this little adventure I will share my thoughts and feelings on how it went.

See ya then!

Have any 1st time experiences? Please share in the comment box!

Want to find an AMC Theatre near you that participates go to the link below

http://www.amctheatres.com/programs/sensory-friendly-films

Sensory Friendly means the sound will be turned down, families will be able to bring in their own gluten-free, casein-free snacks, and no previews or advertisements will be shown before the movie. No need to RSVP.
July 13 – Despicable Me 2
August 10 – The Smurfs 2
All movies starts at 10am

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Stress and Autism

  Family’s that deal with autism on a daily basis deal with a whole different set of stressors. Like going to an amusement park and hoping there are just a few minor  melt downs if any, on your visit. Going shopping with out sensory overload. Also handling strangers stares and unwanted advice, and there mean children. I have added a link below to find out more on this topic and ways to handle it. I hope this helps. I can’t count anymore the times I have dealt with all of these things. That is why I’m making people around me aware of what autism is and way they can help, because autism awareness for my family is everyday.

http://www.autism-society.org/living-with-autism/family-issues/stress.html

http://www.autism-society.org/living-with-autism/family-issues/stress-take-a-load-off.pdf

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Traffic in L.A. California

How does your child on the spectrum deal with car rides and traffic? My 3 year old who is on the spectrum, does pretty well. Only depending on his mood. I believe that goes for all of us. On or off the spectrum! He has only traveled no more than an hour at a time!

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