- You’ve been told that you need to create routine and structure but you don’t know where to start.
- How do you set it up? What do you include? How is it really supposed to help?
- And does such a thing even exist in a way that makes sense?
How in the world was I going to do this?
I remember when my daughter was initially diagnosed with autism so many years ago. My life changed in so many ways and in so many ways that I could never even begin to imagine.
I poured myself into finding resources, information, and support.
I searched endlessly for answers.
Often, my searches would end in frustration or in information that just lead me on a wild goose chase.
I was at a point of overwhelm from my daughter’s autism diagnosis and it sucked. Big time. I had no clue as to what to do. I couldn’t tell you the difference between ABA and an IEP. We were working with enough therapists and specialists to make my head spin.
I didn’t need all of the information, I didn’t need to speak with a specialist, I didn’t need to make another appointment.
What were we going to do next?
What I needed was clarity and for someone to tell me that yes, it was going to be okay. Maybe not right at that moment, but eventually yes- it was going to be okay.
More importantly? I needed someone to tell me that I was going to be the one who would help make it all okay.
I needed a plan, I needed support, I needed to know what to do next…
How was I really going to be able to help?
I knew virtually nothing about autism before my daughter’s diagnosis- beyond what I had seen on television or in a movie. This was before the days of the Good Doctor.
This was before the days of having something like Google or blogs at your fingertips. No one was out there really in the trenches. No one was there who could tell me what it was really going to be like.
I felt alone, isolated, and lost. I was navigating an ocean without a compass and all I could do was hope for the best.
My mind was spinning and while I knew I had to focus on the present? I was consumed with the future.
How in the world was I possibly going to be able to do anything about the future without focusing first on the present? How was I going to be able to help my daughter? How as I going to be able to help myself?
How was I going to do these things?
- Identify and Manage Behaviors…
- What? So, not only did I need to identify the behaviors, but I also needed to figure out how to help her with calming down and managing those behaviors. Yeah, okay!
- Set up a functional routine…
I’d read, in numerous places, that a routine and structure was beneficial. Okay, that’s great! Now, how the heck do I do that with a non-verbal child?
- Increase her independence…
See above with the non-verbal child thing. This one was incredibly frustrating because I had no clue as to what to teach her or where to start.
I couldn’t find what I was looking for…
So I made it myself.
Oh yes, after years of frustration looking for the things and trying to piece the things together on my own? I went into creation mode and made it myself.
I made it myself because I needed to know that it was going to be helpful. I made it myself because I knew what it was like to struggle. I made it myself because I knew that if I had struggled with these things? Another parent or caregiver was struggling with these things.
The Autism Parenting Bundle
The Autism Parenting Bundle is the result of my 16+ years of frustration searching for just the right products and resources. It is the result of my 16+ years of parenting experience.
- For Behaviors: easily keep track of behaviors, identify triggers, and implement strategies for calming a behavior.
- For Routines: the solid foundation you need to create a functional visual schedule for the home.
- For Life Skills: practical life skills made easy! Personal hygiene, community safety, learning to tell time, and learning how to recognize money.
What is the Autism Parenting Bundle?
The Autism Parenting Bundle is a collection of digital resources that are available instantly to you. This carefully created collection will help with:
- Behavior Management at Home
- Functional Routines and Schedules
- Community Safety Awareness
- Personal Hygiene Skills
I know you have a lot of choices to make on a daily basis. But this one? This is a simple choice that will continue to bring benefits for years to come. How do I know? Because, by implementing calming strategies within our daily routine? My autistic daughter has gained independence. Her future is brighter.