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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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Friday, April 5, 2013

Happy Autism Awareness Month

Hello again!

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
http://www.uvu.edu/chss/autism/


3 comments:

  1. I found your blog tonight, searching for "LDS autism biomedical". :) I have 3 kids- one with autism, and one with severe ADHD/mild aspergers. My mother in law had some really hurtful things to say about our parenting after our daughter's baptism this evening, so I was looking for somewhere uplifting as I was bawling. :) Thanks for being that uplifting place.

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  2. I feel better to know that I am not alone in this. I really liked that thought your friend shared with you. By the way, do you know where we can get the Primary Angels DVD?

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  3. Do you have any posts or know of any posts regarding the baptism of autistic children? Not so much the concepts (bc we all know autistic children are borderline genius) but being comfortable with the getting completely wet part. He's 6 1/2 right now but we're hoping that if we start preparing now we can be ready.

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