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Autism Awareness Events 2016

Autism Awareness (2)April is Autism Awareness month and there are no shortage of events to be found in our area! Check out these local happenings:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seahawks Light It Up Blue

Sensory Sensitivity hours at Seattle Children’s Museum

UW Autism Center

SC Autism Center Autism 200 series

SC Autism Center Autism 101

 All in for Autism Run

Autism Society of America state-wide calendar of events

Washington Autism Advocacy Alliance (WAAA)

Voices of Autism conference Seattle Pacific University

Early open at Pacific Science Center

Open Doors for Multicultural Families

Families for Effective Autism Treatment (FEAT)

Autism Speaks

 

 

 

Autism Awareness Day and the State of Autism from two experts

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News Flash: The Autism Blog introduces a new monthly feature with autism experts Raphael Bernier, PhD and James Mancini, MS, CCC-SLP

While our subscribers are from as far away as the UK and Singapore, most are in the US – here in Washington State. In an effort to keep you up to date on the latest news in research and community happenings, we welcome two of our favorite providers best known as Jim and Raphe, the autism news guys who bring you the State of Autism, the first class of our Autism 200 series.

These two have too much energy to be contained in written format so our plan is to capture them in 2-5 minute videos that we’ll post the first week of each month. We welcome your questions and comments. Tell us what you think of our dynamic duo!

 

 

The Autism Blog turns 5!

5yearsFive years ago today we launched The Autism Blog. Since then we’ve posted more than 250 blogs and have nearly 950 faithful subscribers from all over the world.

We have to admit that we were a bit hesitant when first approached about hosting a blog. In fact, we weren’t even sure we knew what a blog was. Knowing how busy our providers are seeing patients, we wondered if it would be a challenge to get blogs written for a weekly posting. That indeed has turned out to be true but given that there seems to be no shortage of topics to cover, we always find a way to make our deadline, even if it means chasing down a provider in between appointments for a few words. The Autism Blog content/editing/graphics/video/production team consists of yours truly, Erin and Lynn and we continue to learn something new every time we post. Thanks to all who have contributed meaningful information for parents and their families affected by autism and to those who provide guidance with technical support. It’s a concerted labor of love and we look forward to the next five years with you!

 

 

 

 

 

Addressing Challenging Behavior Part 2 of 2- This Month’s Autism 200 Class

apple1This month’s Autism 200 Series class “Addressing Challenging Behavior Part 2 of 2: Strategies for Home and School” will be held Thursday, March 17, 2016, at Seattle Children’s Hospital in Wright Auditorium from 7 to 8:30 p.m. These classes are designed for parents, teachers and caregivers. The topics associated with the majority of classes are applicable to all age ranges and for a wide variety of children diagnosed with autism. This  class will be led by Nancy Rosenberg, PhD, BCBA-D.

 

Mindful Monday – Kindness

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Whether it’s allowing another driver to “cut in” in traffic or the person with just five items to do the same in a grocery store line, it seems little acts of kindness are getting harder to find as our hurry-up-and-wait lives get even more rushed. You know how it feels when someone cuts you off or barges in – we feel annoyed at best and outraged at worst.

Here are some tips for dealing with the daily indignities we all encounter:

  1. Remember it’s not personal. No one is singling us out with the intention of taking advantage of us. We’re all busy and self-centered about making it through our day.
  2. If someone does slight you, and it triggers a strong emotion, try and imagine what’s in their head at that moment. I recently held a door open for a customer in a restaurant nearby and she didn’t say thank you or even acknowledge me. My immediate reaction was “how ungrateful!”. I took a breath and considered that she may have just left our center and been told her child had autism or left her doctor’s office where she was told she had cancer. 
  3. If your immediate reaction is to respond in a less-than-kind way, try a mental “halt!” and do the opposite. Say or do something kind. Pay attention to the reaction you then get. 

Quote of the Week:

“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.”

– His Holiness the Dalai Lama