December Parent Meeting
December's Parent Meeting provided families an opportunity to share delicious food as well as stories of excitement and concern about the holidays. This special time of the year, while exciting can also be stressful if too many expectations are created. It is also important to set personal limits to protect immediate family members when friends and extended family don't understand the "special" needs of our children. Lastly, each family made a holiday ornament designed to practice as many as six preschool skills and we all realized how relaxing crafting/a hobby can be!
January Parent Meeting
Families shared their concerns and successes during the holiday season. There is a continuing feeling of guilt and shame that often mentioned when parents feel judged if their children misbehaves either in public or during family gatherings. At the next General Parent Meeting we will explore what each family needs to feel empowered as a parent and at the next Autism Parent Meeting, we will discuss ways to enlist Autism Heroes.
February General Parent Support Group
Parents explored the old adage of “Parenting as the most difficult job they have ever had.” It was decidedly also the most rewarding. Through our discussion, parents talked about the importance of spending time and creating memories with their children. Take-home tips included the ABC’s:
Always say what you mean and mean what you say (be consistent)
Be a good listener (behavior is communication)
Stay Calm when your child is misbehaving
February Autism Parent Support Group
Parents were open about their emotional journey in raising a child on the Autism Spectrum. Each group member had an opportunity to share and receive support with regard to their individual challenges as well as their needs for support. The tip of the day was the importance of review/repeat/drill when teaching children new skills. Parents had a first-hand opportunity to experience the importance of “motor-memory.”