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School is out!! Summer is Finally Here!

Girls Playing Summer break is finally here and kids are enjoying a much needed rest.  They have worked hard all year long and are excited to relax, hang-out with their friends, family vacations, go to the beach, the pool, shopping, and camps, play video games and sometimes just have couch potato days.  Kids are so use to busy schedules throughout the year, that sometimes summer can create more work for mom and dad.  Kids get bored easily.

Adjusting to the new schedule of having our kids’ home and juggling driving them to day camps or childcare can be stressful.  The first week can be a bit chaotic, but the new routine will settle in and will work out.  Have faith.

Keeping our kid’s minds active is important.  They need activities to do.  If your child is demanding you bring them to the pool, make them earn it.  Yesterday my son was pleading with me to download a video game for him on the computer.  So I bargained with him and said that I would, but he had to first do a chore.  I had him clean out all of his clothes from his dresser that were too small, bag them up and bring them down to the garage to donate.  He was actually eager to do this activity and it saved me a lot of time.  I am also encouraging my kids to learn to code.  If my kids want to play video games, they first have to practice coding on is a great resource which is free and teaches kids how to code.  It is fun and educational.

Now is also a good time to have them take up a hobby, like bug collecting, coin collecting, painting or building models, cross stitching or even learn a foreign language.  Reading is also a great activity.  Encourage your child to read each day to help keep their reading skills up to help prevent the summer slide.  Hope everyone has a great start to their summer!!

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Autism vs. Awesome-ism©
By Dr. Melodee Loshbaugh, Co-founder & Executive Director of Brock’s Academy, Woodinville, WA

>What if we decided to just open our minds and see things from a wider, more diverse perspective?

>What if we didn't easily label and categorize people that we perceive to be different than us?

>What if we learned to think about people and differences as not right or wrong, but just different gifts?

>What if we fully believed and accepted that there is, and always has been, neurodiversity (i.e. cognitive differences) in the world?

>What if we accepted that neurodiversity is a brilliant achievement of Mother Nature?

>What if we entered each day believing each one of us is uniquely created and here to serve a higher purpose?

>What if we believed our job is to support one another in achieving that higher purpose?

>What if our differences are here to teach us appreciation, compassion, acceptance and to challenge us to stay open to all?

>What would that be like? # # #

Ryan, a 14-year old autistic student, writes:
>Meet me where I am.
>Stop trying to fix me. I don’t try to fix you.
>See my gifts, talents and strengths, not things you think I should have; see the “me” I was born with.
>Learn from me. Sit with me. Try to see the world from my perspective.
>Love me unconditionally and find ways to support me in what I came here to contribute to the world.
>Appreciate me.
>Just because I am experiencing the world in a different way than you are doesn’t mean it’s wrong, so stop judging me.
>I am me and I am beautiful.
>I am happy and I am whole. # # #

Copyright 2017—Dr. Melodee Loshbaugh
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