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Question from Sarah:
"I have a question to pose to the ANW community. I'm asking here because I am really thankful for the way that God made my son, and know that he is a gift to the world. I'm so excited to see how his gifts are going to be used to make the world a better place. I'm not trying to fix him, but understand how to communicate with him in a way that will allow us to communicate without distressing him unduly.
So the question I'm hoping to ask the community is this: Often times when I'm speaking to my son (example: J, will you put the cat outside? He's scratching the couch again.) His reaction immedately jumps to "You don't want my cat! You want to get rid of it!" and he has a strong physical reaction. It isn't every single time, but it is frequent enough that it causes a lot of disruption, not only in our family or school environment, but also for him. I don't have any way to reference this in my own brain, so was hoping to ask the community here. Details: he is 9, has asd, add/adhd/ocd, is super smart, has difficulty expressing himself, loves to build, is a whiz at minecraft, loves animals and babies, and gives great HugBombs to his mama." ... See MoreSee Less
Absolutely worth a watch- a short documentary about life inside the UK's only state school specifically for autistic girls. ... See MoreSee Less
"My daughter is 6 and hates school. She has always disliked it and now she hates it. She is anxious before it and overstimulated after. She struggles to make friends and often complains she has no one to play with. She stims by liking her hands in a repetitive way and now school and her ot are trying to get her to use wipes instead when at school which is more 'socially acceptable' according to them. We told them to back off but the message is not going across and she is being told off for it.
She is tactical defensive so touching paper without licking her hands is a big trigger for example. They have been flexible in allowing her to go in pretty much anything that works for her in terms of uniform and shoes but they fail to understand the reasoning of her behavior and accept her for her. And that in my opinion is part of the problem.
I am reaching the point of wanting to home school her because I hate to see her struggle so much.
Has anyone gone down this road before? Did it make a big difference in terms of anxiety levels? Thanks in advance for listening." ... See MoreSee Less
Question from Nick:
"I'm just finishing my first year at university and had an exam last week, in a room with other people using computers too, the clacking of the keyboards nearly drove me mad! Could you ask adults which ear defenders they use? Trying to find something that won't look too unusual! Thanks, Nick" ... See MoreSee Less