Thursday, 11 February 2016

The A to Z of Autism - B is For

When Mr L was diagnosed back in 2007 I didn't have a clue what Autism was or even what it meant, 8 years on and 2 more diagnoses its still a puzzle. I have been contemplating doing a blog series with all the words associated with Autism to help other parents and to maybe be a bit of a reference point. So say hello to the A to Z of Autism. Each week will be a different letter, last week was A is for and I got some fab inclusions from other autism parents. This week is B is for.........

Bouncy
Jane from Our Little Escapades suggested bouncy, and it's the first B that comes to my head too. Jane says her son loves to bounce around when he is happy. All my ASD children are the same, they get bouncy when they are happy. Bouncing is just one of the repetitive movements Miss makes and they will be covered more as we move down the alphabet.

Behaviour
Tina from Mother Geek suggested this one, not for her sons behaviour but for other peoples. She says she has lost count of the amount of times people have looked at her like she's the worst parent in the world when S has been having a meltdown. Her son cannot help his behaviour, but other people can. I have to agree, other peoples behaviour and attitudes towards my children is something that frustrates me. all they see is a child having a tantrum!

Bowels
Its not uncommon for children with ASD to have issues with their bowels. This is very true for my children. Both have had their separate issues, and Miss S currently takes movicol to help her bowels. For Miss S, she doesn't go for days and then gets tremendous overflow. Getting the movicol down her can be problematic in itself although it tastes if nothing, it does change the consistency of the juice. Miss S is very on point, partly due to her sensory issues, so any slight change is massive for her.

Do you have anything else you would add for B then just leave me a comment below. Make sure you come back next week for C is for.....
Mandy
xx

6 comments:

  1. Brave, just not how everyone thinks. Like this.. http://rainbowsaretoobeautiful.blogspot.com/2015/11/such-small-achievements-that-no-one.html.

    From the other rainbow autism blog 😉 @rainbowsaretoo

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  2. Comprehensive list can't think of anything else to add

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  3. Such a great idea for a blog series, I work in retaul and it's really useful for me to be aware of points like these

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  4. You mention Bouncy, and it makes me wonder if children get sufficient outdoor activities nowadays. Previous generations would tend to spend lots of time outdoors, being active and being sociable. For myself I believe I had good quality sleep then, maybe due to being outdoors and active.

    Most parents nowadays seem to be concerned in regards to their child / children being safe. Seems there is a need to make areas safe. I know that a child locally with Autism was enabled to make use of family back garden. As local Compny and residents donated to provide safe fencing, garden secure and child able to make use of the outdoors with family nearby supervising.

    Seems quality of life is important for us all. Possibly more difficult to provide this for some, as if difficulty with communication, takes time and energy etc to determine what might be beneficial.

    Rachel Craig

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  5. I hadn't been aware that those with Autism tended to have trouble with their Bowels. I wonder why. It seems such a shame as they obviously could be feeling discomfort, yet have difficulty knowing or expressing reason why. Medication sometimes doesn't taste nice, as you mention consistency may be an element which has an impact for them. Meanwhile the medication may cause some irritation / sensation in the bowel / abdomen for the individual.

    Rachel Craig

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  6. I think I would have liked you to include Bed. As Bedtime Routinue can be so important, and hopefully lead to all of the family getting some much needed Rest.

    Rachel craig

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