Christina is the founder od Sensory Theraplay Box, she is an occupational therapist living in New York with her husband and two daughters (…and dog, cat & chickens!). Her experience is working with children who have developmental delays, autism spectrum disorders, neurological impairments and emotional disturbances.
Cooking and sharing a meal is a great way to develop social executive functioning skills such as:
Space will be limited to 6 participants. If you are interested in details, contact us.
HI my name is Savanna and I am the mother of a 3.5 year old with autism. I recently started selling Origami Owl to help to cover costs of his needs as I have to stay home with him (his anxiety is too bad for childcare although he is in the special needs preschool class at an elementary in Hanover).
Come join us Saturday, May 27th at Innsbrook Pavilion for the 15th Annual 5K Run/Walk! This is an exciting morning full of family-friendly fun, entertainment, food, exhibitors, and a fantastic Kid’s Fun Zone!
At Autastic Avenues we believe in the ability of the brain to change its structure and function based on sensory input and experience or “neuroplasticity”. Adding Integrated Listening Systems programs as a therapeutic enhancement to speech/language therapy sessions and multi-sensory reading tutoring (Orton-Gillingham) helps with auditory processing, speed of processing, focus and concentration. The programs also benefit clients who have sensory processing and motor planning difficulties.
What’s it like being a parent to a child with Autism?
In some ways, it’s just like being a parent to any child. You love them more than you ever thought you could love anything in your life. You want to protect them, provide for them. They make you smile. They make you cry. They drive you crazy. They melt your heart.
But let’s not kid ourselves here. It’s also brutal. Yes, I said it, brutal. I had to let go of the imaginary child I envisioned I’d have and the type of mom I’d imagined I’d be to that child. I had to allow myself to grieve that loss and give myself permission to be sad. And some days, I’m still so very sad. Not so much for myself, as much as my daughter. My life is nowhere as carefree as it once was. I watch some of my friends and envy how relaxed they can be with their children, while I’m constantly and vigilantly watching my little girl.
I worry for her present-day life. Are children being kind or cruel to her? Will she be invited on a playdate or to another birthday party? Will she have real, true friends beyond these innocent years? I worry for her future. What happens when I’m gone? Will she go to college? Will she get married? Will she have a job? Will she have children of her own? So many questions, so few answers.
Here’s what I do know. This little girl has taught me more in her 9 years on this planet than I learned in the 33 years leading up to having her. She’s taught me what courage is. What real strength looks like. How to persevere when all you want to do is curl up in a ball and cry. She teaches me patience. DAILY. I’ve learned to celebrate every victory, no matter big or small, because for us, they are all big victories. I’ve learned to take joy in the little things. Listening to her sing along to music in the car might just be one of the best parts of my day. I’ve discovered that you should never underestimate her or her abilities. Most importantly, she’s taught me about love. Unconditional, unwavering, not always pretty, fierce love.
Her heart is innocent and pure. She’s not tainted by societal bias or rules. Her spirit is free and she does what she feels in the moment. That’s a beautiful thing. Can any of us claim that? I have a fervent wish that everyone could see the side of her that I see. The times when we’re alone, it’s quiet and she’s completely comfortable with me. There is so much in her heart and mind that only a few are privileged enough to get a glimpse of.
So yes, in many ways being an Autism parent means I’m very much like any other parent. But maybe we’re a little more, dare I say, badass, because we must be. The responsibility we bear is just a bit heavier and yet, so very worth it.
“Hold on, to me as we go
As we roll down this unfamiliar road
And although this wave is stringing us along
Just know you’re not alone
Cause I’m going to make this place your home
Settle down, it’ll all be clear Don’t pay no mind to the demons They fill you with fear
The trouble it might drag you down If you get lost, you can always be found
Just know you’re not alone Cause I’m going to make this place your home”
Home by Phillip Phillips
Commonwealth Autism is excited to host the Virginia Premiere for the “Swim Team” documentary. This film follows three teens with Autism as they journey to adulthood and participate on a swim team in New Jersey. The film has won numerous awards and is really a great story!
You can learn more on the website at www.autismva.org
April. The month we, as a global community, come together to spread awareness on Autism. Social Media is pretty much blue, puzzle pieces are everywhere and pictures of our beautiful children are being shared with great momentum. It is all great. It is all for such a good cause and it is all done with the hope to spread awareness.
Hello, Internet! Cole here. This month, at the request of my beloved matriarch, I’ve decided to try an interesting exercise: I’m going to respond to random questions. Hopefully, my responses will provide insight as to how my brain works; if not, they should at least prove entertaining.
The Autism Society Central Virginia (ASCV) is pleased to offer three types of scholarships for 2017. Qualifying households and/or individuals may apply for any or all of the following scholarships: