Gratitude: An Antidote to Selfishness
by Rachelle Sheely, PhD
Pushing a cart in our local supermarket just before Hallowe'en, I followed a mother and her brokenhearted 4 year old who, crying his eyes out, sobbed over and over "but I want all of it"
Remembering Hallowe'en candy with my own children and my rather futile attempts to cajole them out of a sugary, red-dye #46 high, I wondered how she would manage a supermarket full of candy. To my surprise, however, the crying was not about Hallowe'en but about his letters (it seems he had been dictating them for some time) to Santa, Christmas already spoiled because he was not going to get everything on his list.
Dynamic Dads: Why does he get all the attention?
RDI Certified Consultant, Peter Dunlavey
by Peter Dunlavey
Speaking for my own young NT children, it seems that every child has a heightened sense of injustice when it comes to getting attention from mommy and daddy. However, in the case of a family with a special needs child, the slighted sibling is probably quite justified in feeling that way. The fact is that most parents of special needs children do devote a significantly greater amount of resources to the affected child, and the typical child can't help but feel overlooked. They see all of the cool-looking college aged therapists coming to the house to play with their brother/sister with all of these great tools and toys, and it makes a kid wonder what they have to do to get someone to pay that kind of attention to them.
An NT child may need a little extra consideration from time to time to let them know that they are special too, and as the secondary RDI coach this is the perfect vehicle for fathers to take point on. Dad's can try to schedule some alone time just for them and their NT child on a regular basis. They can make it a point to schedule a regular 'date-night' once or twice a month in which the two of them get away from the house and spend some good one-on-one time together. They can always take them to a movie, a baseball game, or a preferred restaurant (my daughter's personal favorite is Olive Garden).
Mothers who reported having the flu during pregnancy were at least twice as likely to have a child with autism as those who did not report having the flu, according to new survey results from a Danish study.
Children with Autism Get Lost in Time
Children with autism recruit different brain regions than controls do when estimating how much time has gone by
More about the changes in autism criteria and who it will affect.