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Autism Every Day is a book that can serve as a comprehensive guide for autism. The author, Alyson Beytien, is an international speaker/teacher/consultant/ trainer and the mother of three children on the spectrum. The strategies for dealing with food and nutrition were clearly listed. What touched my heart was her practical advice to stay calm and mellow, avoiding power struggles while introducing new food items, accepting change in the eating habits and ensuring that the child gets a nutritious balanced meal on time. She further emphasizes on the fact that food is food and food timing is cultural not critical. Time and again she mentions that allow your child to eat interchangeably and peacefully.
Her observation on increased behaviors made sense to me when I realized that my child who is autistic, is also following similar patterns. Alyson writes in her book “I often saw increase in self stimulation and hyperactivity, coincide with increase in vocal communication, new social interaction, and new learning or knowledge skills. It appears that when the brains are firing off lot of neurons, their bodies can’t stop moving or jerking, sometimes aggressively.” Every time this happens your child is trying to learn something new and his skill levels are going to improve. She very candidly accepts this as her observation and not based on any researched data.
This book is available online , so go ahead buy and learn from a mother’s experiences.
The most fascinating thing about the book Mind Tree is that the author is a non – verbal autistic child. He started writing this book at the age of eight and completed it when he was fourteen. The mind of an autistic individual is a mystery and this miraculous author had unveiled this in a simple yet compelling manner.
Every chapter I read automatically produced a visual image of Tito, the protagonist and the world through his eyes. Everybody knows that autistic children have sudden bouts of crying and laughter but why they do it is explained explicitly by Tito. Shadow play, staring at lights, lack of any need for social interaction and other aspects of autism were very clearly explained in this book. The paradoxes in this novel were riveting. Here was a child who couldn’t speak but had enough wisdom and grit to learn writing. He didn’t indulge in individual communication but chose to communicate with the mass audience by writing a book.
Tito’s Mother Soma Mukhopadhyay
Autistic children are usually considered to have low emotional quotient but here was a child who was acknowledging his mother’s presence, her journey with him, and her stern approach when she had to break him out of his fascinations obsessions. Also acknowledge her efforts to bring out his communication in writing even though he was nonverbal. I did not know this child but somehow I felt I was living with him and travelling step by step in his journey. I understood my own son better after finishing the first quarter of this book. Some questions that had no answers and left me confused even after meeting psychiatrists and occupational therapists were answered beautifully by Tito in his novel.
Tito and his mother
To know your child better why not take a Peek into Tito’s world. This book is available on Online Retail sites. Read and enjoy
Leo the Late Bloomer, by Robert Kraus (available on Amazon),is a beautifully illustrated book. The book is about a little tiger cub, Leo, who just doesn’t seem to be in the same league as his peers. While all his peers can speak, read, write and draw, Leo can’t do any of these. Leo’s parents’ reactions are diametrically opposite. His mother is calm – she knows that Leo will be just fine, but Leo’s father is all angst. I could relate to the parents. Sometimes, I am like the father, anxious about my child’s development and sometimes I am like Leo’s mother – all quiet confidence.
“Patience,” Leo’s mother tells the father “A watched bloomer doesn’t bloom.” The season’s roll by and Leo shows no signs of blooming. But eventually, when no one was looking, Leo the Late Bloomer does bloom. Not when his father wanted him to, certainly not when everyone expected him to, but in his own time.
Though one might find the story too simplistic or even a bit patronizing, I felt this book is a good read for children in the 4 to 7 age group. Many children would identify with Leo’s feelings, being as they are in the rough and tumble of growing up with other kids. It could possibly help to teach them not to get discouraged and to persevere.