Transitions can be challenging. Everyone experiences some type of major change in life, whether it’s a new job, a new school, or maybe a new relationship. Transitions make us analyze where we’ve been and where we’re going; they make us refocus our efforts, and in some situations, they make us find ways to cope.
I am reminded of this as I move into the editor position here at Autism Parenting Magazine. My family has undergone many transitions, especially over the past two years, as my husband’s company moved us 500 miles away from a place we had called home for more than 15 years. Our children had to leave their schools, teams and lifetime friends during volatile years. I had to leave a publishing job I loved. The changes were tough, but as a family, we endured.
As I review the content for our August issue, I am reminded of the adjustments that all families experience on a daily basis. While our children may be challenged by everyday events, parents must also endure tough situations. Some days are harder than others for us, but when we become a part of a community, whether it’s a local support group that meets every week or through an online group, we can learn to help one another.
This month’s issue features similar advice from various authors about transitioning a child to a new environment and the continuous need to look at life with faith and courage.
In her article, Transition – Parents Can Make it Happen, Sandra Lynn Mallo Adcock provides readers with excellent advice regarding transitioning a “specially abled” child to a state of independence he or she is most capable of obtaining. She encourages parents to find something their child shows some passion for, and nurture it. From small jobs to volunteering, fostering an interest can lead to new and exciting life goals.
Author Nick Malcuit also offers his inspirational advice in his piece Believe. He encourages readers to live life without always worrying about what other people might think. He reminds us of the importance of taking time to do things for ourselves as parents and encourages us to go out of our comfort zones to deal with challenges and make life changes. Sage advice for anyone.
This issue also includes some educational information on Praxis/Dyspraxia Syndrome and the benefits of Proprioceptive and Deep Tactile Pressure Input, as well as an article describing the benefits of drumming. We are also happy to share Kimberlee McCafferty’s touching personal story of her two sons in Tears of Joy. And as always, be sure to check out the healthy recipe that the Autism Food Club shared with us this issue.
I look forward to getting to know our readers and am thrilled to be a part of this new community.
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Amy KD Tobik
Issue 20 features:
- Five Main Benefits of Drumming for Children with Special Needs by John Mews
- Impaired Facial Recognition Means Always Playing Guess Who by Dawn Potter
- Tears of Joy by Kimberlee Rutan McCafferty
- Precious Time: Maximizing the Progress of children with autism through Insurance-Funded Home-Based Services by Michael J. Cameron, PhD, BCBA-D
- Teaching social skills to a Child with Autism to Avoid Bullying by Sarah Steinberg
- Believe by Nick Malcuit
- Professional Skills for Autistics – Planning for the Future by Bill Wong, OTD, OTR/L
- Transition – Parents Can Make it Happen by Sandra Lynn Mallo Adcock D Ph. M.S.M.
- Disability Visibility Project to Record Stories for the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act
- Praxis/Dyspraxia Syndrome and Benefits of Proprioceptive and Deep Tactile Pressure Input by Susan Donohoe
- Do sugary foods make children with autism more hyperactive? by Angelina M., MS BCBA
- Peach Mousse Description: An alternative desert to encourage healthier eating by Autism Food Club