Planning for a Successful Year

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Planning for a Successful Year

In this Webinar, Bobbi discusses some of the challenges we face in getting our kids back to school and how to support them to manage their anxiety and have a successful year. She also discussed teachers, peers, disabilities, part-time and non-school attendance, IEP/ILP's and offer practical ideas and solutions that will help to set you on a great trajectory for 2021. 

What does a good year/term/month/week/month/day/minute look like for you, your children, and partner?

A year can seem like a long time, so if that's too much, aim for a good day or a good minute and build on that and think of these as success credits. Focus on creating quality of life for you, your children, and your partner.

 

Know Your Child's Strengths & Weaknesses/Triggers

  • Recreationally

  • Emotionally

  • Intellectually

  • Physically

Your Child's School

  • What are their strengths?

  • What are their weaknesses?

  • Who is you and your child's ally?

  • What is reasonable to expect?

Child's Identity 

Find things where your child can create a positive identity.

  • Who are they?

  • Diversify their options

  • Sport

  • Youth

  • Gaming

  • Cooking

  • Clubs

Theory of Mind

Consider the Theory of Mind and Predictability. This is not specific to autism alone. Theory of Mind is the ability to put yourself in someone else's shoes, understand that, and moderate your behaviour in response. For example, if you are highly anxious, you cannot consider what the impact of your anxiety is on other people.

 

Many of our children, don't have a concept of Theory of Mind, so they can't even understand the concept of us saying, I understand. They can't understand our empathy and that we can appreciate their level of distress.

A child can be really disregulated and we stay calm and regulated, and they cannot see that we understand that they are upset. So maladatively learn is how to trigger us, siblings and peers, into a heightened state of distress too. Then they are fine once others have had a meltdown, they don't experience empathy. So we need to stay regulated while we also show them an exaggerated response to show empathy.

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