Autistic Children Crave Being in Water

Autistic kids need, want, and benefit from being in the water more than most. They learn how to control themselves and can feel soothed, calmed, able to listen and to learn. Water is the ultimate hug for an autistic child and a proven and effective source of therapy. For more about how water helps an autistic child, I suggest reading Autism and the role of Aquatic Therapy… and checking out the resources at SurfersHealing.org.”

Click the following link to read the full article: http://www.cultureofsafety.com/2011/04/autistic-children-crave-being-in-water/. 
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Adults with ASD

When we hear or talk about people with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), we often just think of children with the disorder. On the news, they only talk about children with autism, but what about the adults who have lived with this disorder for years, whether they are diagnosed for not.
An adult with ASD is less likely to get married. Even the high-functioning autistics have a difficult time finding a job and if they do manage to get one, it is most often far below their qualification. Many young adults with autism are still dependent upon his or her family for care, something that can be hard for the parents who want their children to become independent. ” . . . 59 percent of people who receive autism services are living with their families,” according to Charlie Lakin, who heads the Research and Training Center on Community Living at the University of Minnesota.
“Don Meyer, the founder and director of the Sibling Support Project and the creator of Sibshops, a network of programs for young siblings of children with special needs, said: “Parents need to share their plans for their special-needs child with their typically developing kids. After Mom and Dad are no longer there, it is likely it will be the brothers and sisters who will ensure their sibling leads a dignified life, living and working in the community.”
There was an “explosion” of children with autism born in the 1990s and now they transitioning into adulthood.
“We are facing a crisis of money and work force,” said Nancy Thaler, executive director of the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services. “The cohort of people who will need services — including aging baby boomers — is growing much faster than the cohort of working-age adults that provide care.”
Works Cited:
“Adults with Autism.” National Alliance of Mental Illness. Web. 1 November 2012. <http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=Helpline1&Template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=66015>.
Goehner, Amy Lennard. “A Generation of Autism, Coming of Age.” The New York Times.13 April 2011. Web. 1 November 2012. <http://www.nytimes.com/ref/health/healthguide/esn-autism-reporters.html>.

Monthly Douglas Meeting – March 2013

On Saturday, March 9, 2013, Sensory Friendly Learning Inc. and Facing Autism Together Everyday (S.F.L.–F.A.T.E.) will be having it monthly meeting in Conference Room 101 of the Coffee Regional Medical Center in Douglas, Georgia at 11:00 A.M.

At this meeting, we plan to discuss topics such as where the Annual Family Picnic will be held in April and the idea of a toy swap that was mentioned at the February meeting.

E-mail me at autism4life@outlook.com if you have any questions.

February 2013

my blossoming Hoya plant

Saturday, February 9, our nonprofit held its monthly Douglas meeting at the Coffee Regional Medical Center in Douglas, Georgia. The meeting began at 11:00 AM and ended at 1:00 PM in Conference Room 2. Jeannie Bolstridge, Kimberly Duckworth, Brittany Ammons, Moe Tucker, Mary Ann Purvis, Melinda Phillips, and Danielle Sellers attended the meeting. At this meeting, we welcomed the newcomer Danielle and discussed whether to shut down the websites to save money and just “gather” on Facebook. We also asked Kim what Douglas contacts she made towards beginning tutoring in Douglas and whether to meet in Ambrose or have a Family Picnic in April for Autism Awareness Month.

Brittany Ammons made the post Monthly Douglas Meeting – March 2013 on her blog Autism 4 Life to announce when the next Facing Autism Together Everyday meeting will be.

Jeannie Bolstridge continued to meet one-on-one twice weekly with a child with Autism.