Today, I got a text from a client of mine, a mom of a 12-year-old autistic daughter.
"Katherine sat down with her aunt today, and they folded origami together! I have never seen her doing something with anybody else except me. We're just in awe and so happy!"
I couldn't be more thrilled about this news! And it got me thinking, how many parents out there, is still hoping and waiting for such a connection to happen with their special needs child. Especially with the holiday season coming up, we all want to be able to share this festive moment with our children. But how? I'm going to share some RDI pointers to help you build this connection with your child.
1. Building connection requires more than just your physical presence. Be there for your child, physically and mentally. Put those screens away, do a short
(5-10 mins) activity TOGETHER. We know kids with ASD has limited interest and a short attention span, therefore it is important for parents to come up with simple and fun activities.
2. Keep your speech minimal. Often, children with ASD get confused with long sentences, and they get overwhelmed by demands. Therefore, keep it easy for the child.
3. Most importantly, have fun! Remember, the goal here is to connect and enjoy each other's company. Do not overly focus on the activity or the results.
Parents, here are some simple activities for you to try today.
1. Making a cup of hot chocolate and drink together
2. Eating Christmas cookies together
3. Putting up Christmas tree together
I hope you will have a great time connecting with your children this Christmas! :)