Home > School and Learning > Learning Differences > Autism > The Call to Advocacy for Your Child with Autism
|

The Call to Advocacy for Your Child with Autism

Putting It into Action

  1. Start a journal to track all of the milestones your child reaches. This will make you more aware of his progress and help you gain a better appreciation for the wonderful growth that is possible for him.
  2. Write down your feelings in relation to having a child with autism. Don't be afraid to acknowledge feelings of sadness, hopelessness and even despair. But if you find that your journal entries are primarily focused on feelings of sorrow, consider talking with someone you trust, such as a friend, minister or a professional counselor.
  3. Write a list of all of the wonderful things you love about your child, such as her smile, her pretty white teeth, her curly hair and her dimples. Review this list when you are feeling sad. Simply reflecting on your child's positive attributes will induce a state of happiness.
  4. Plan a family meeting with your immediate and close extended family members. Talk about the diagnosis and your feelings. This is a safe environment, and talking about what's going on with your child will help you begin to move from anguish to advocacy.
  5. Imagine your own "nation," in the tradition of Laura Krueger Crawford. Define your own language and rituals. Make a game of it that the entire family can join in. Let siblings and other relatives take turns creating new words and activities that exist in the land of your family.



More on: Autism

|

Excerpted from The Everyday Advocate: Standing Up for Your Child with Autism or Other Special Needs.
Copyright © 2011 Penguin Group.
Buy this book now!


highlights

Bug Off! 6 Tick- and Mosquito-Borne Diseases
Which bug bites are dangerous? Learn about 6 diseases spread by ticks and mosquitoes, the signs and symptoms, and treatment options if someone in your family gets infected.

Find Today's Newest & Best Children's Books!
Looking for newly released books for your child? Try our new Book Finder tool to search for new books by age, type, and theme, brought to you by Galactic Hot Dogs.

Top 10 Backyard Party Games for All Ages
Looking for some fun outdoor games for your Fourth of July party or barbecue? Check out these awesome group games, from sack races to cornhole, to make your backyard a kid-friendly party spot!

Registered for Kindergarten — Now What?
Try our award-winning Kindergarten Readiness app! This easy-to-use checklist comes with games and activities to help your child build essential skills for kindergarten. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

stay connected

Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

Facebook icon Facebook icon Follow Us on Pinterest

editor’s picks