I wrote a post back in June about the fact I was going to try giving my son CBD oil to see if it helped at all with his Autism. You can read that here:
Well we did give it a go and he was very good taking the oil. It didn't taste great so we did change to a strawberry flavour which was a lot better. It didn't make any great changes for my son so he has stopped it now but I do believe it can work for some people.
I read a post on Facebook the other day on this very subject. Someone was asking whether anyone had. tried it and if it had been any advantage. There was a lot of positive feedback and for those who suffer from convulsions it made a massive difference so it depends on the situation as to whether it has an effect.
I still believe it has it use with a lot of conditions, not just Autism. I think it can work for periods of anxiety amongst other things and if it helps then I say use it.
Let me know if you have used it or are using it. Does it work for you? I wouldn't say anything negative about it after our experience, it just goes to show we are all different and what works for one doesn't necessarily work for another but that's us humans for you. We are very interesting eh?
Thanks for reading today, it's nice to update on previous posts. If I say I'll keep you updated on anything I will try my best to do just that.
Join me again tomorrow for Pass the Remote for now take care.
To all those crocheting experts, yes this is terrible but it was my first ever attempt at a granny square while following a You Tube video. It was a reasonable try though. What has this got to do with Autism you're thinking.....it's not Crocheting Saturday.
Well my son likes a blanket as a stress reliever/comforter but obviously he can't cart around his blanket around at eighteen so we always look for an alternative. He has the blanket with the satin edge as he finds that so relaxing and it does control his anxiety. I did cut a piece from an old blanket but he didn't really like me cutting his blanket up even though it may have been dropping to pieces anyway.
He has however taken to my slightly messy crocheted granny square, it's handy and he can put it in his pocket. He likes popping his fingers through all the holes and nobody really notices he's got it. He seems to have his anxiety pretty well controlled at the moment but he can have this handy in his pocket or in his school bag just in case.
I hadn't thought of this being so handy. I'm a better knitter I think than a crocheter but hey it may only take a bit more practice. Whether you knit, crochet or sew you can come up with anything like this if a blanket has been of some comfort. They can also be made to any size, colour or texture. You could even sew a button and a loop on for that fidget fiddly facility. Plenty of ideas to make life easier eh? Not only for our young people but for us too, just knowing that there is something quite simple to help with any emotional change.
This may not be a solution for everyone with Autism but for us it's been great, I hope, even if this is not ideal for you it may still give you a hint or an idea of something that may work for you.
Thank you for reading today. I do hope the holidays are going ok for you all. Please join me again tomorrow for Pass the Remote but for now you take care.
That's what I've told my son this week as he seems to have eaten a lot of them lately. You see I have been taking a few liberties recently now my boys are getting older. My eldest who has Autism has been staying home with his bother while I nip out on a few errands. I know.....get me - a bit of freedom.
I felt it was a good time to teach my son something easy to cook if I am out around a meal time. which has happened on the odd time. Beans on toast is a great, simple meal to start with and I think most of us start there. He has been learning a few tips while at college this year while studying a course in Pathway to Independence. so I thought I would carry on the good work at home.
I told him I could pop some beans in a microwave container in the fridge and then he could just take them out when he wanted them. I showed him how long to warm them up in the microwave and that was it....easy peasy. He could already prepare toast so he was set up to be a little independent with his super quick meal.
The last time I popped out I was back by his meal time so I was back in time to make him some lunch. When I got in he had helped himself to his beans on toast, in fact he's made it quite a few times now. He has been opening a can himself and instead of halving the tin he's had the whole lot. To say it's been a bit windy in our house is an understatement, more like a human hurricane. He did well though and I think he's found it quite a novelty.
Maybe it's time to move onto something different so his next meal to try is a frozen baked potato which is another easy one to do.....four minutes in microwave and he can top it with cheese but maybe have a rest from the beans.
I love teaching him things as he wants to learn and after all one day he will have to try and be as independent as he can. He still needs supervision on alot of tasks but every time, every project is a step further into helping himself. He's eighteen now and a fine young man and fortunately still a Fireman Sam fan. I say fortunately because there are many fire safety tips that he can recite so this is a good basis for cooking.
Thanks for letting me share our 'beanathon' with you. It may seem a simple thing to teach an eighteen year old how to cook beans on toast but those parents caring for their loved ones with Autism will know that every small step is a huge big deal especially if we get through without any anxiety or a meltdown.
Please join me again tomorrow for Pass the Remote Sunday.......take care for now.
I'm just passing on a quick idea this week which I don't know whether it may be useful to you but it certainly works here. My son has recently been texting photos of his face to me which is very lovely as I could look at his face all day but he likes to send different facial expressions.
This is brilliant as my son doesn't express his feelings in a big way and a lot of the time I don't know exactly how he feels. So he will text me a photo of him frowning and I'll just text back to ask him why he is frowning. He will reply with a reason or he maybe just confirming that that is a frowning face and there is nothing wrong. He also likes to send a photo of say......Thomas the Tank Engine with a funny face and then copy it and send me his version. I love this as he gets some of them spot on and they make me laugh.
So maybe this can be used as a useful tool. If your child or someone you know struggles with expressing their feelings then get them to send a photo of a face, emoji's are great for this and I get to see the human version of a lot of emoji's too, they are very amusing. Using visual aids has been a constant resource for my son since his diagnosis from using pictures for speech therapy and then within a visual timetable at school. There are so many ways to use pictures and like my son he specifically likes the use of photos and faces he knows, including his own.
Like I say, this is just something we have been doing for a while now and it does work to express certain feelings. He will never say that he's annoyed about something but he will send a photo of him looking annoyed so then started a conversation about why.
I hope this helps and if you use any similar resources then let me know. What works for you to express feelings and concerns when someone with Autism finds it hard?
Thank you for reading today, please pop back again tomorrow for Pass the Remote Sunday but for now take care.
Every Saturday I will be talking about Autism and will review any useful information which may have been highlighted at any support groups in the week.