“Play is integral to being able to build resilience.” I find it interesting that so many preschool programs say they are play based, and yet children as young as 4 years old are taught to write their name, and, in some cases, given worksheets as homework. Why on earth is this a good idea?Read More
A Fresh Take - A blog by Whole Kids Therapy
The art of navigating childhood when you’re a little different.
Many of us adults cringe at the thought of children in the kitchen. There are sharp knives, slippery surfaces, as well as inevitable spills and cleanup. With all of that, cooking can be a wonderful way to engage multiple senses, as well as be a fun, creative way for families to spend time together.Read More
You may have seen the video or read the blog post on Huffington Post:
So often we assume that people with autism don't understand or appreciate human emotion the way the rest of us do. We tell ourselves that they're not really interested in connecting with others.
I believe people with autism have the same wants and desires to connect with others that we all do, but that there is something getting in the way. Perhaps it's difficulty understanding body language and facial expression, especially when the world expects an (almost) immediate and accurate response. Perhaps it's the extra time needed to organize a response.
Think of navigating in a country where you don't understand the language or customs. When you come across someone who is willing to take the time and reach out to you, it makes a huge impact.
The beautiful reaction of Justin Timberlake, the crowd of concert goers, his family, and this young man show us the power of emotion to touch all of our lives and make us all more complete humans.
Happy Birthday, indeed.