For good mental health, it’s important to anticipate reactions to the anniversary of a traumatic event. For children, the timing can be about a specific date something happened (for example, May 22, 2011), a key event that happens on an annual basis (a birth date or specific holiday) or seasonal (visual cues in nature or decorations people may use during the time frame). The anniversary of events such as these serve as a strong reminder — it may renew early feelings and spark worries that a similar event may happen in the near future.
Like many holidays, Christmas can be a challenge for those on the autism spectrum. Holidays often disrupt routines and bring an array of new foods, sounds and smells – all of which can be overwhelming or distressing for individuals with autism. By planning ahead, you can help your child have an enjoyable holiday.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusively breastfeeding for about the first six months of a baby's life, and then gradually adding solid foods while continuing breastfeeding until at least the baby's first birthday. The first few days after your baby’s birth are important for establishing a successful breastfeeding relationship. Try these tips to get the process started:
As soon as a body lands in the pool, water is pushed out to make room for the plunging object. Since the water has no other place to go, it shoots upward and outward. A precision dive might produce a slight splash, but a cannonball splatters and leaves a ripple effect. Within the compassion continuum, similar risk exists for caring child-serving adults who help children during intense emotional situations. Calm waters can be disturbed by unfortunate events.
In this blog post, the compassion continuum discussion continues using the pool metaphor. The pool refers to adults in children’s lives, i.e. adults are pools full of sources to share, or provide resources, to children. Hopefully, the water hoses coming into the swimming pool are keeping pace with the amount of water going out due to evaporation, splashing, and filters. High water levels are dependable under these conditions. Leaks in the pool will drain the water level, however.
Most babies will breastfeed until 18 months to 2 years, if allowed to self-wean. There are a few developmental stages at 2 – 4 months and again at 8 – 10 months which where new parents might get the perception that baby doesn’t want to nurse anymore. Around 2 – 4 months, babies discover they are separate from their mother and their vision improves, allowing them to discover other things that can distract them during a feeding session. They are also awake for longer periods at a time.
In the overall theme of the behavior traffic light, the purpose of the yellow light is to help children understand that many important parts of life need to be thoroughly considered. Adults use yellow light words to send a message of “slow down.” When a person is using the yellow light in their behavior traffic light, he or she are aware, resilient and self-directed – healthy, safe and happy effects are predictable.