The A-Z Of Autism - R Is For

Mr L was diagnosed way back in 2007 and I didn't have a clue what autism was, 10 years and 2 more children diagnosed its safe to say I am learning new things every day. It's a tough and confusing time when you first get that diagnosis and I couldn't find any real information anywhere. So say hello to the A-Z of autism, written by me with the aide of other SEND bloggers and parents. Each time there will be a different letter of the alphabet and lots of words associated with that letter. I am hoping it can become a bit of a reference point for parents who have children with special educational needs. Do check out last times post Q is For, this time is R is for.

Rhythm - Our Altered Life
My son has incredible rhythm. He taps out a beat perfectly and taught himself to play the piano from the age of 2 and a half. Notes and music and predictable and safe so it's no surprise that he's so brilliant. I'm really proud of him.
All 3 of my ASD children have fabulous rhythm and Mr L can beat match really well. 

Repetition, Routine, Respect & Reluctant - Faith Mummy
Both repetition & routine are standard in my house. If only society would respect my kids for who they are and not ridicule. I am reluctant to go to new places with my kids, try new therapies and my daughter reluctant to try new food.

Rainman - Stephs 2 Girls
This is a reference that is usually made when someone hears autism, in reality, the film is majorly off the mark for most of us SEND families.

Runner, Routine & Remembers Everything - First Time Valley Mam
My 3 are all runners, we have to leave all doors locked to stop them legging it. They are 100 miles a minute all the time. They definitely remember everything in tiny detail, I learnt pretty quickly never to make a promse as they never forget!

Routine, Rocking & Reality - Autism Mumma
Another vote for routine here, the children take ages to get into a new (more relaxed?) routine during school holidays. Also rocking, something that T still does without realising, when he's either concentrating our eating. Also reality, my two teens with autism will grow into adults with autism, I worry about society accepting them for who they are.

Reasonable Adjustments - Living Life Our Way
This is another I think us parents wish would be a given, it wouldmakee life easier if adjustments could be made to suit our and our child's needs. 

Rewards - Rainbows Are Too Beautiful
Rewards, not in the traditional sense, but in a token economy ABA type style. It's part of Davids every day. See her post Getting Responses Using Token Economy

Rules - A Blog About Raising My Autistic Son
Having to stick to exactly whats been said. Check our her post Rules Rule!

Refusal - Rikos Blog - PDA and More
My kids refuse to do almost everything, cant blame them as I'm the same lol PDA life!

Rote Memory
My kiddos have amazing rote memory, they can recall the smallest details of the most obscure things. Mr L knows all the winners, racers and tracks of the grand prix for the past 10 years!

Are there any R's you can think of that you would like to add, leave a comment and let me know. 
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