Thursday, August 19, 2010
Video - Can you speak Autism?
A first...a VIDEO! This is a video of a conversation with Nicky last night. It was totally impromptu and is proof that I now speak "Autism" thanks to years of amazing parent training and intensive behavior intervention. In this little clip there is a secret conversation taking place between Nicky and I. Just before I turned the camera on Nicky was pacing and his frustration was escalating. He is telling me that he could implode any minute and needs my help. I get him to sit, and I am responding by redirecting him, getting him focused and talking about something of interest to him, presenting familiar boundaries, giving positive reinforcement, redirecting and focusing on his strengths. THIS IS TYPICAL INTERACTION THAT HAPPENS ALL DAY EVERYDAY. If not for the training Nicky and I have gotten this situation would have spiraled into a melt down or 1 hour tantrum, instead his mood shifts from the start of the conversation to the end. Amazing!