When you start to feel overwhelmed try this simple technique to put things in perspective.
Worry Dolls or muñecas quitapenas, are a Guatemalan tradition where a person tells the tiny doll their troubles and places it under their pillow.
"Tell yourself the stories that make you happy, healthy, and patient."
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When making decisions about diet for your child, consider these four food principles.
Dude is a fun way to teach eye contact, which is important because it is a social marker for a wide variety of expressions including trust, respect, interest, and understanding. Eye contact also creates an ineffable human connection which is difficult to quantify or describe, and lack of eye contact makes it difficult to trust someone.
There is some disagreement among child development experts as to whether screen based social interactions represent a cataclysmic departure from social norms, heralding the end of social interaction as we know it, or a new exciting kind of interactive experience, superior to face to face interaction because your friends and family are only a click away.
There are pragmatic benefits to discussing the news in social group. Top news stories serve as a kind of socially appropriate filler conversation similar to the weather, but with greater gravitas. Another important pragmatic benefit is that by hearing the stories in a calm and supported context, they are less likely to cause distress when they are heard or seen on television or radio.
The trick when teaching the reading of facial expression is that while each person expresses happiness, gratitude, anger, and frustration uniquely, there is an almost ineffable element of commonality just below the surface which can be difficult to identify.
Getting outside with your child with Autism or ADHD does good in so many domains that there is almost no way to lose. Besides getting your child away from screen time, and providing a non-threatening way to catch up and socialize, the sensory experience of being in nature can be immensely beneficial.
Joinin a group of people already engaged in an activity is one of the most difficult things to do. I'm sure that you've been in a social situation and recognize the feeling of looking around the room and seeing everyone already gathered into groups, discussing work, sports, and politics.
Has your child been in trouble for a behavior that the teacher interpreted as disengaged but which you knew was a coping strategy or sensory regulation technique? New research validates that doodling increases productivity rather than being a distraction.
As I was sitting in a training this morning, a particular metaphor about the Social Sensory Cognition Process came into focus for me. As parents, and educators, we work hard to help our children build maps of the social landscape around them. A map of course, is a tool that represents the relationship of things to each other, most often places. The social maps we create for our children is a reference tool for them to look to to avoid dangers that we ourselves have discovered the hard way, and to take the path we hope will lead to happiness which is sometimes but not always the one of least resistance.
But here's the thing.
A map is useless if you can't locate yourself on it.
That, in a nutshell is why the central focus of the processes we use in our social groups is to bring focus to the three social senses that create the possibility for authentic social connection. In other words, the work of the social sensory process is to bring the child's awareness to the space they are present in, and that of those around them.
You can hear me talk ad nauseum about the Social Sensory Process here: http://kidscooperate.com/blog/playdhd
Kids Cooperate director Aaron Weintraub discusses the importance of play, and the Social Sensory Cognition Proces on PlayDHD TV.
Each week in the Kids Cooperate Social Groups, we try a new sensory experience as part of the Social Sensory Cognition Process. This week, Passion Fruit...
In group we have been working towards a theory of understanding why we, and other people do what they do. This is important work towards developing a Theory of Mind, the ability to understand that others see the world in ways that are different, but equally valid to our own.
Listen. Process. Do.