Aaaargh. Bananas. An issue in this house. I’m pleased that our youngest autistic girl will eat them as her diet is otherwise quite limited. Our eldest girl won’t eat any fruit at all (prefers veg) and I’m not great at eating fruit myself, apart from bananas, which I love.
The trouble is that our youngest is very definite about what she will and won’t eat. Bananas have to be green, not yellow; not that she’s bothered about the colour of their skin. She always goes on the taste and texture. So this morning I’ve had to throw 3 away (note to self, wait to have my breakfast until she’s had hers as then I can have her leftovers). They were too soft, too soft, and too hard. But the hard one had skin which had mostly turned yellow with just a bit of green left! So you can never really tell what you’re going to get when you peel it. I guess there’s a big part of me that is just relieved that she understands that and will still try another one, rather than outright refuse them all on the basis that they might be ‘wrong’. We used to have similar issues with weetabix back when she’d eat those. They were too soggy, too much milk or not enough; it was extremely difficult to get it precisely right for her. It’s about 8 months since she stopped having Weetabix, after around 6 years of eating them. I cried that day, mourning the loss of a ‘good’ food.
People who say ‘you should just make her eat it’, or insinuate that it’s my fault she is fussy with food because I should have been stricter with her, just don’t understand Pathological Demand Avoidance and how Sasha is. Honestly, if you have no issues with your children eating anything, please appreciate it every single day. Because it’s unbelievably stressful to worry all the time about what goes in your child’s mouth but to know that controlling that outright would mean an unhappy family home.
After several years since my last book, “Understanding Samantha: A Sibling’s Perspective of Autism”, I’m starting the process of writing another special needs book. After being a single parent of one child with autism, I wanted to share my experiences. My kids are grown now, and both fully independent and doing amazing. I’m putting together a collection of funny anecdotes, if for anything, to help parents through their journey of autism with a little humor. I’ve already got several stories on my own daughter done, but I’d like more variety...so I’m asking you. If you have any funny stories that you feel would relate to other parents, and you would let me use it in my next book. If I use your story, I’ll credit you in the book of course, and give you a free copy. DM me anything you’d like to share. Like you, I love the quirkinesses of my kid and I hope to share that with the world soon! Always be proud of who you are! #autismlife#autisticpride#autismspeaks#autismwarrior#autism#specialneeds#childrensbooks#authors#childrensbookauthor#spedlife#sped
Asociația de Terapie Comportamental Aplicată organizează în București cursul "Tulburări de neurodezvoltare - metode și tehnici de gestionare a comportamentelor la clasă”. Cursul este acreditat de Ministerul Educației cu 22 credite și este susținut de Oliviana Giura – psiholog și consultant în analiza aplicată a comportamentului, și Ana Bogdan – psiholog și consultant în analiza aplicată a comportamentului.
Cursul se adresează cadrelor didactice din învățământul școlar și preșcolar care doresc să își aprofundeze cunoștințele și să găsească metode și tehnici adecvate de gestionare a comportamentelor la clasă.
Detalii, pe site-ul ATCA.
Autism...with the right mindset, appropriate toolset, and the willingness to dive into their world...we can show them that it’s possible! They don’t have a disability, they just have different abilities!