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Orem, Utah, United States
My name is Annie Campbell and 9 years ago my son was diagnosed with Autism. Over the years of treatments, therapies and schools (with my son) I have learned countless techniques for dealing with children with special needs. Through my experience in primary, I have come up with some specific tips to create a happy atmosphere in church.
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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Random info for parents

So just a couple things that have come up at our house.

First, I explained to my 9 year old that he has Autism and what that means.  I am a big believer in labeling what's different.  An amazing mom I know say's it this way: "People will label what they see so it's important, as parents, that we give the proper label".  I feel like it's better to be labeled with Autism or Aspergers than rude or weird or mean or even stupid.  It also explains why the child feels like things are harder or like she/he doesn't understand others emotions.

My son is very artistic and visual so I talked about how he can see in his mind the Lego pirate ships he builds and how it's because his brain works differently.  Most people, like me, can't do that.  Our brains can't remember every Lego piece and where it goes.  But, also because his brain works different, sometimes school can be harder.  He now understands why he is different, but different is ok.

Also, I found some awesome DHA chews for kids that my son LOVES.  Most parents have probably heard about or tried biomedical treatments.  We did a lot when Jackson was little with some success. Actually, the diets and supplements helped him a lot.  After a while though, he refused to take omega 3 anymore.  Frankly, I couldn't blame him!  It's yucky oil!  A neighbor/friend of mine told me about these omega 3 purple chews to try again and I'm seriously impressed!  Jackson thinks they are candy and since he's started taking 4 a day, he's more emotionally stable, sleeps better and has fewer stomach issues.  I just thought I'd share this info for anyone that wanted to try omega 3 but has had a difficult time getting the child to ingest it.  Check it out at www.anniesnutrition.com

Last, I wanted to share this adorable video of my son Jackson.  Call it my mommy bragging moment.  Sorry about the little girl complaining about eye pain.  My daughter had rubbed her eyes with lotion on her hands and was still struggling with the idea that the pain would take a while to go away after washing hands and washing her eyes.

I hope everyone is doing well and please let me know if there is anything I can do to help make primary or school a little easier and more successful!