“Music is the shorthand of emotion” – Leo Tolstoy
After her friend suggested that she join MyAutismTeam, Amy Pentz, of Riverview, Florida, used her phone to check it out. On the homepage of the social network for parents of kids with autism, she played the MyAutismTeam video tour, while her almost-3-year old son watched a movie. When the theme music for the video tour began, her son’s ears perked up, he turned around, began dancing, moving his arms and feet, smiling, making eye contact, and for a moment, “Autism didn’t exist. The music was so cheery, it made him happy listening to it,” says Amy, the self-described stay at home mom.
Amy joined MyAutismTeam to get “a little help, support and camaraderie” from other parents who’ve been in her shoes. She wanted to be connected to those who understood the daily ups and downs of raising a child with autism. Little did she realize she would end up connecting even more with her son, Dayne, with the music from the site. read more…
Navigating Asperger’s and reflecting on other learning differences
by Michael McManmon, Ed.D., (originally published in Psychology Today)
SHIFT HAPPENS: Letting go can make all the difference
I was recently speaking with some college students about cognitive rigidity and transitions. We were discussing how, as a young adult on the autism spectrum, shifting to the next stage of their life can be difficult for not only themselves but also their parents. I asked them to attempt to take perspective of the situation their parents are facing.
Parenting a child on the autism spectrum is challenging enough. Now imagine your spouse’s job involves moving the whole family to a new state every three years – and your spouse gets deployed to war zones for year-long stints, leaving you to hold down the fort at home.
Such is the case of many military spouses, including Kristin Proffitt of Colorado Springs, CO, and Kristina Matthiesen of Columbus, Georgia. Relocations, single-parenting, lining up new providers, and building new support networks are topics these women know intimately. Kristina and Kristin were kind enough to sit down with me and share 5 key lessons learned in the past few years that are applicable to most parents of a children on the spectrum. At the end, they also share specific tips for parents in the military.