Everyday Lessons: Helping hands

As special needs parents we need to take everyday opportunities and use them as a means with which to teach our Autistic kids. Everyday lessons can help our kids to be better prepared for life’s everyday challenges. I try each day to teach my kids at least one thing each day. Maybe it’s a new skill or just practicing a current skill. I try to include them in activities around the house in order to show the how things are done. Regardless of my approach, my kids benefit from our time spent together…..as do I.

Yesterday I was cleaning up my computer. We use it for EVERYTHING and so it’s important to properly maintain it. Our house is old and dusty so I regularly hookup the compressor and blow all the dust out. Emmett has a strange fascination with the compressor. I say strange because he isn’t bothered by the noise. In fact purging the air has been one of his favorite things to do. He in Maggie have turned it into a game. Emmett shoots the air and Maggie eats it.

Anyway, I thought I would include Emmett this time. I figured while he’s young, he could still learn to “help”. Hands on experience is really good for kids like Emmett. He blew all the dust out of my computer and did a really good job. I’m pretty sure he felt good because he just smiled the whole time. In fact there was even enough air left in the compressor for him to “feed” Maggie. It was nice to be able to do something together.

I encourage you to include you child(ren) in everyday activities if you can. Everyday lessons are all around us. We just need to seize the opportunity.

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Maggie is actually VERY careful with Emmett. It may not look like it but she is.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XswASLVtM3M[/youtube]

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Trisha

So cute! Emmett has the biggest smile!

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