Sorry for the delay, again. I have decided to go to school to get a Masters in Occupational Therapy. When you have not been to college before, it's a long process. ;)
Anyway, I wanted to let everyone know, I will be speaking at the UVU Autism Conference on April 12, 2013. My presentation, along with Kianna Collier-OT, is about how to "Become a Floortime Family". If you are unfamiliar with Floortime, it's considered a play/developmental therapy. We have used it in our family for years and had amazing success.
I also wanted to share one thought I heard from a friend of mine: "If you don't label it, others will and it may be wrong and hurtful". I've shared this advice many times, and used it myself as well. I know many parents don't wish to "label" their child. Please let others know what is going on with them. Why are they acting the way they are. It will only create a community of understanding and concern.
Along with that thought, I always try to match my expectations to what the child is capable of. I never want to expect things from the child that they are not able to do, right now. That expectation changes as the child changes. Our house motto is "always try your best". My best is different than your best, and it's not fair to expect the same out of us.
Hope things are going well for everyone! Please let me know if I can answer any questions or help in any way! I LOVE children on the Autism Spectrum and want the best for EVERY ONE.
*Here is the link for the UVU Autism Conference 2013