All about behaviour.. it was awesome. We heard from 2 ladies who work with the Autistic children at Bethesda, and we also got to listen to an Occupational Therapist, who descirbed different sensory issues, and also behaviour. It was so great at the end, to be able to ask questions regarding different concerns us as parents are experiencing, mine was about a weighted blanket, the good and the bad.
They also taught us about reward and token programs, routines, picture schdules, and tanturms..which again, being an employee at Bethesda, this is what we do or our clients..very weird having to take your work home with you.
I am excited to start Owen on a, "first and then" routine.. like for example, "first breakfast then In the night garden".. I think he will do so well with this concept.. anything more would be too advanced for him at this point in time.
We also asked about Owen's eating habits, and even though it is normal for children who have Autism to only have 5-7 foods they like, we should be ruling out any medical concerns as well, and not just chalking it up as behaviour. For Owen, I am starting to think it is completely behaviour, as he used to eat anything that was on our plates, and not now.
Going to these seminars have been so enlightening, and we are learning so much. I am so proud of my mother and my mother-in-law for attending these with me, it truly shows me that back us 100%, and they are doing everything in their power to learn more about Owen's world, and are embracing it...not stuck in denial.
Ryan, myself, Maddie, and Ben.. we are all truly blessed to have Owen.. he enriches our lives so much more for the amazing little insightful boy he is.