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Why Einstein Made It and My Child Can’t

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If you have been in this field for a while you must have heard the Einstein analogy at some point. “Einstein didn’t talk until he was 5 and he ended up a genius”, “Einstein spent days at a time in social isolation yet he was successful in his life”. On the same line of thinking we hear a lot of the following statements: “My husband (no offence to our male readers :)) is totally on the spectrum and he made it thorough school without a diagnosis. Why are we diagnosing these kids with all these issues now, when before, they were not such a big deal?”


Bullying and Autism Spectrum Disorder - Help Needed

submitted by CristinaBusu

Hi everyone,
Please take a minute to read the following message from a PhD student working on a project regarding bullying and ASD.
Thank you,
Cristina
Bullying and Autism Spectrum Disorder


Quick Fix Illusion

submitted by CristinaBusu

For about a year now, almost every time I meet a new family for consultative services or groups I get asked a variation on the following question: “Is my child going to be recovered?” and some times even “How fast is my child going to be recovered?” Now, while I understand a fear of the unknown and need for reassurance is part of the process, I also think that a lot of parents have been given the quick fix illusion by certain public figures.


Friendship

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Friendship is that special connection between two or more people that we all get to experience and enjoy. Making and keeping friends requires the most complex set of skills that we have. As one of my clients said “making friends is easy; keeping them is hard”. Why? Because we have to be able to think about the other person’s needs, to listen to our friends even when we are not in the mood, we have to put up with their ups and downs, we have to support them when they are in need and accept them even when they make mistakes. Friendship needs to be maintained by all parties involved…


School Observations

submitted by CristinaBusu

Here we are a few weeks into the school year. Some parents may want to request for in home providers to go into school and observer the child. Requesting a classroom observation can be difficult and I often get a lot of questions from parents on how to approach the teachers. Here are a few tips on how to keep things child focused and accomplish a lot in a short time.
First of all, it is important for the teachers to be on board and feel comfortable with another person in the classroom.


Goals

submitted by CristinaBusu

We all have goals for our children. Early on we decide on the goals we are shooting for, what is it that we trying to accomplish, where we want our children to be in a month, a year or ten years from today.
Our goals change constantly (as they should) and we move from wanting them to talk, to wanting them to make friends, to keeping their friends and so on.


Insights

submitted by CristinaBusu

I recently had the opportunity to work with a few older individuals on the spectrum and I learned so much about their perception on the world around them.
Here are a few thoughts:
Cristina: “How did you feel about high school?”
Client: “I hated it!”
Cristina: “You made it through high-school! Was it hard?”
Client: “At first. After a few months I figured out a way to go to detention – it is quiet there and there are not a lot of people around...”
Cristina: “How did you manage that?”
Client: “I would hit a child in the morning or talk back to a teacher”


Gestures vs. Words

submitted by CristinaBusu

I have been watching a few superheroes movies lately which got me thinking… Let’s imagine a planet called Communication. The planed is protected by two powerful superheroes: Gestures and Words. Let’s try and figure out which one is more powerful :)


Social Thinking Groups - Plano, TX

submitted by CristinaBusu

Social Thinking Groups offered in North Dallas for children and adolescents with a diagnosis of Autism, PDD, PDD-NOS, Asperger's Syndrome, Nonverbal Learning Disability, ADD/ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder, and individuals who do not have a diagnosis but need support in social situations.


Like to Travel?

submitted by CristinaBusu

That would be a NO!
Although, I specifically said in my previous blog that I am not taking any smart comments regarding my hating to travel, most of my friends regressed to the annoying 3 year old stage that we call the “Why” stage.
Seriously, you all seem to have great issues with reading comprehension –IF you can see that you need help I can give you some numbers of great professionals who can help you work through that. :)


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