Welcome to my page.

Who am I?
I am a mother of a son who has been diagnosed with Autism. In this journal I am planning to share my teaching experience with my son.

Am I homeschooling my son?
Yes, I am.

Am I trained to teach my son?
No, I am not trained with any formal certification.

How am I teaching my son?
First, I have taken out one thing from my mind. That is my son is a special need kid. I treat him as a child without any labels. That makes it easy to teach him.

What I am teaching him at home?
Things that interests him.
Things that he can do.
Things I know he will be able to do.
Things which are the next logical step to whatever he is doing.

Am I setting goals for him at home?
Yes. I set goals for him to work with him.

How am I setting goals?
Based on his needs and interests.

How am I preparing myself to teach him?
By reading books, attending workshops, joining in various forums.

Am I following any method?
I believe the methods are for “me” to understand the condition of my son and to prepare myself. I try to understand ABA, TEACCH, Hanen, RPM etc. to increase my awareness about autism and the possible approaches to train. But while working with my son I try not to fit him within the constraints of one method.

Then how am I teaching him?

I prepare customized materials based on the goals taken. We use iPad, educational video, online resources to achieve his goals.

Am I happy with the way of our learning?
Yes. I am happy about his progress.

Is there any advantage?
Yes, as I primarily rely on alternate learning, there is no commuting. I find plenty of time to focus on ADL without any rush. No follow-ups for therapy appointments etc. No after school meltdowns.

Is there any disadvantage?
Yes, socialization.
Also, if we are stuck somewhere in our goals, searching for guidance or an external review does take a long time.
Customizing materials and teach aids takes time. Sometimes I feel lonely as nobody is there to vent out.

What is the purpose of this page?
To document and share our learning path. It will help all of us and our future generation.

Please reach me out through autism.india@yahoo.co.in with details of your contact if you are a professional/institution

Looking forward to parents who want to share their experience as well.

Some thoughts on how to use the contents of this page:
In this page, I am only sharing my experience or other parent's experiences. These are not therapy suggestions. The materials published here are all mostly relevant from the perspective of my son. Every child is unique and you may have to discover what works for your kid. I am not promoting any specific teaching method and will recommend a mix and match of methods for any kid


Sensitivity in the Mouth

Usually parents worry about their children having Ice creams. With a 5 year old son who has autism, we were a different lot. Our son was very much sensitive to many things which included lot of food items. He would never take any food which was semi solid or jelly like or cold or whatever new conditions he could come up on tasting it.

It was simply not because of his choice of food, that he was rejecting some of these items, his senses were simply uncomfortable with some of the food sensations. Oh! how nice it would have been to have a kid who did not have to fight with the pulls and pressures within his body. And just said, "I want that Ice cream mummy". We weren't that lucky, but we did not wait for our luck to turn around.

We worked on his sensitivities in various ways, by gently encouraging him to try new food, by giving required oral massages around his mouth, by using a special oro-motor brush and by treating other sensitivities likewise. Broadly these kind of activities are covered by occupational therapy. The school that my son is studying is excellent in this regard. With their occupational therapy support, one day we were in for a nice surprise. Our son started having Ice creams. Yes. Ice Creams(can you hear us screaming). This is not to say we should encourage kids to have Ice creams, which has a junk food status. But this is to share our joy of how our son overcame his sensitivity to enjoy the simple pleasure of something that every kid like him enjoy without a second thought.

Here is a big thanks to all the professionals who supported us.

Also a little note to other parents who are facing similar challenges. When it comes to food behaviour, rather than forcing your son or daughter into a diet plan which they do not like, start with the food they like. Gently nudge them to eat the food they like by themselves in a disciplined way. This routine itself will prepare them for taking other foods. All the best.