Nonverbal Facts and Ideas (From a Mother)

Here we are again, progress made with Antonio, then no progress. I’m not even mad though. We are making progress so much more than ever before. He is meeting goals after goals. He is a master when it comes to fine, gross, and even receptive language. The problem remains the same, how do we get him to talk?

We are using sign language now more than ever before. I can’t complain, we are all doing so well with the growth Antonio is having. There are still three things that lay into this nonverbal factor.

  1. Occupation Therapy (if he holds the spoon properly, he will be able to eat correctly!). Right now, when he does attempt to use his utensil, he licks whatever is on it, so he doesn’t use his full oral movement. By not having his motor movement here, it can affect his talking. We have to keep working with him; there’s no real way to prevent or make this happen otherwise.
  2. Physical Therapy (this is exactly what it sounds like). No, he doesn’t need it because of some accident. He needs it because he has sensory issues. The sensory problems affect his learning. If he is stimming, he can’t learn. If he focuses on getting sensory input, he simply isn’t going to be receptive at all to where we need him to be. (Read more about stimming here.)
  3. But, more importantly, we are trying to get him to speak. He’s in speech; how do we get this to work? I’m sick of hitting a wall. I’m sick of trying new things. But not really; I just want SOMETHING TO WORK. We are working day and night to get him to imitate our sounds (because he mimics everything else). It’s only a matter of time I keep telling myself.

We have a few actions that we are going to try out, so be on the lookout as we share our journey with these ideas. I know there are other moms out there struggling and going through this, so I want to share our experience so that you can have a good outcome, too.

“Good things happen to those who wait” is my current saying, along with “nothing will happen overnight.” Let’s face it it’s how I am feeling.

Put on your mama bear and move on girl, you need to try new things and take risks. I’m a business owner, right? So, I’m always taking risks, and it’s no different for my son now either, let’s do this!

Put on your mama bear and move on girl, you need to try new things and take risks. I’m a business owner, right? So, I’m always taking risks, and it’s no different for my son now either, let's do this!


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Regression & Pointing with Autism Kids

Everyday is a learning experience now with an autistic kid. This is the truth and the new normal now. It seems to hurt me somedays since I feel like my kid should he “farther” and different than the rest. But I have to remember that is incredibly unique, happy, healthy, and smart. 

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It seems that today people put so much pressure on us to leave this “ happy life” You know that picture perfect that you envisioned when you found you were younger. I tell myself that God wouldn’t give me anything that I can’t handle and that is the truth.

Let’s put all those “picture perfect” visions and thoughts away because they wont ever be true; that is just reality. Its the same feelings you get when you are about to get married, you think your life will forever change and be perfect. Then you have that first fight and the second and you realize it isnt what you envisioned because society makes us think this stuff!

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So now back to the autism… I can’t expect things to happen overnight. I can’t expect my kid to be like others. I can’t compare my kid to other autistic kids. The only thing that I can do is be a parent to my son. I have to accept all of this for what it is worth and realize nothing is perfect and wont ever be.

Being a parent is the hardest freakin thing, ever. If someone would of told me this years ago, I wouldn’t of believed them! So what does all this even mean? There is going to be times for me as a parent when things are rough with an autism kid. I can’t help it when he throws a tantrum, I want to give in.

I get upset when he can’t communicate to me and he doesnt understand me… I get anxiety thinking what should I do to make this easier for us? He is incredibly freaking smart, don’t get me wrong. I get so excited when he accomplishes the simplest tasks, but it just hard to communicate to one another!

Helping your kid point his or her finger is the number one thing we have learned, and are working on, since it is a form of communication. I literally have to get in his face to try to communicate and get across to him.

Regression sucks! There isnt any consistency in anything that we do and its hard. We will point to our nose, work on all day, then the next day, he just doesnt remember it. We have to go over it all again. Its the same thing with speech and so much more. So it is really tough guys. I have no really ideas to help get through to him as of right now since we are still in the beginning stages, but I promise you I am working HARD on this!

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