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CBG Newsletter, Issue #13 -- Info about photo contest for kids to win $$
May 20, 2011

May Newsletter 2011

Well, school is almost out and summer is almost here. I can hardly wait for the days at the pool and regular barbeques! This summer I will be kicking off my first ever summer contest in which you can win up to $125! Yup, you read it right, a FREE contest to win money. Continue reading for more details.

What's New at The Child Behavior Guide? updates

This year I have decided to have my first ever summer fun photo contest for 2011. It will be free to enter and you could win a gift card up to $125. Anyone 13 years of age and older (with guardian permission) can enter as well as children 12 and under with the supervision of their parents. Whether having fun in the pool, building sand castles on the beach, and/or roasting marshmallows by the fire there are sure to be some really great photo opportunities this summer. So be sure to check out the details for a contest you don’t want to miss!
Summer Fun Photo Contest for Kids
Summer Fun Photo Contest Rules
Recently, I was asked if I would like to review products related to Autism, Asperger Disorder, and Sensory Processing Disorder. This has given me a great opportunity to view these items in person and for those related to SPD, test them out with my son. I have to say I am very pleased with some of the items I have received so far and I want to share them with you! I will be adding to it regularly, so check out my new page devoted to recommended products …
Recommended SPD and Autism Products
Child Behavior Guide is now on Facebook! Now you can easily be notified of new pages, upcoming contests and other news related to child behavior on Facebook. All you have to do is simply go to the following link and click ‘Like.’
Child Behavior Guide on Facebook

Bonus Child Behavior Tip

Hurry! Hurry! Hurry!

Sometimes in our daily lives we can be in such a hurry all the time. I know that I find every morning that I have to go to work a bit of a struggle to get myself and two kids ready before leaving. Even when I don’t leave for work until 10:30 in the morning!

Working with children on their independence can be so rewarding for the child and the parent, but quite honestly we just don’t always have the time to wait for a child to do things independently. This is especially difficult when you have a child that is easily distracted and dawdles, but developing independence is so important for all children.

Try working on these skills on the weekend or days when you have more time. Then on those days that you are in a hurry you can speed things up by turning it into a game. One thing that I found works well for my son to get dressed by himself in the mornings (only after he learned how to do this already on his own), is by racing with him while I also get dressed in my room.

I’ll call out to him saying, “I’m getting my shirt on.” “I’m putting my socks on.” To let him know how fast I am moving, so that he can speed up himself. Every morning after I set out his clothes, he races to get dressed faster than me. This results in his independence of getting his clothes, socks, and shoes on in a very short amount of time. I try not to actually move faster than I know he is able, so that he usually wins. Unless, he is dawdling so much that it’s merely inevitable for me to win.

This has cut down so much on the “Stop playing with your toys and get your clothes on please.” And multiple requests such as, “Get your shoes on so we can go, please!” as well as simple defiance such as, “No! I don’t want to!” Of course this may not always be possible to do with some children, but for a child with SPD or ADHD it can be a lifesaver!

What’s in the News?

Autism Angel – Carly Fleischmann

Carly Fleischmann is a teenage girl diagnosed with autism. She is unable to verbally communicate, but when she was 11 years old she came to a computer that allowed her to begin typing what she was thinking and feeling on the inside. The video shows how she displays all of the stereotypical behavior of a child with autism, including self abuse, rocking, covering her ears, etc. One may conclude that her ability to understand her surroundings is very remote.

Until you listen to the words she has so eloquently typed on her computer. I am astounded and in awe of her ability to describe why she engages in these behaviors and speaks with a maturity many teen girls lack. This video is a must see for everyone. It will give you chills down your back! It also makes you think twice about talking in front of a nonvocal individual that you think can’t understand what you are saying about him/her.

Go to Autism Angel Video

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