"My approach to intervention is rooted in respect for child development and focuses on making the mundane meaningful, looking at daily interactions as opportunities for learning and growth while respecting the uniqueness of the individual and family. It’s about setting high expectations for long term quality of life and relationships for individuals on the spectrum and implementing a specific and doable plan to get there one step at a time.”
– Lauren Wilson, LCSW, RDI® Program Certified Consultant

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Quotable Sundays: Winnie the Pooh

“Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. "Pooh," he whispered.

"Yes, Piglet?"

"Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh's paw, "I just wanted to be sure of you."” 

- Winnie The Pooh

I tell ya, that Winnie the Pooh has some good ones.  

I remember reading a few studies on individuals with autism and stress levels.  As you can imagine, they found individuals living day to day with unimaginable amounts of stress hormones in the system (cortisol).  Of course this comes as no surprise.  It's a normal physiological reaction to massive amounts of unproductive uncertainty.  It can and does happen to all of us- at small doses.  The level and amount that individuals on the spectrum found themselves at that heightened level... oy.

When I read this quote those studies popped in my mind... what really stuck however... was the experiences families have had reducing that stress by stressing quality over quantity of everything.  And from this change of focus and priority comes a change in relationships.  From a child withdrawing more to one turning in.  One who finds safety among others.  Who reaches out for comfort.

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