Teresa is a teacher, writer and autism advocate, but first and foremost, she is mother to Erik (18), a young man on the autism spectrum. For the past four years, Teresa and Erik have been writing a mother-son autism article series for Autism Ontario's Autism Matters magazine. The articles are written from both Teresa and Erik's perspectives and offer strategies for building resilience in those with autism and in those supporting autism.
Denis Rogers has a grandchild that was diagnosed as being on the Autism Spectrum at around eighteen months. The diagnosis brought with it, as it may for many, an initial reaction of despair and a sense of helplessness. In addition to the Applied Behaviour Analysis (A.B.A.) Program, Denis started his grandchild on an intensive program of activities aimed at facilitating coordination and motor skills development. Now, at age seven, her stimming has ceased and she is in school in the appropriate grade and shows continuous improvement.
The summer can be an opportunity to recharge and break from school routines, which is why September is often viewed as a mixed blessing. Parents of children with ASD are always trying to plan and prepare ahead of time. Unfortunately, we can’t account for every detail but here are a few tips for reducing the stress associated with back to school.