Welcome

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

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Schools for Kids with Autism in Lucknow

 
BMI – Autism Awareness & Action – Lucknow
8, Rabindra Palli,
Lucknow – 220 016
http://www.behaviormomentum.com/

Schools for Kids with Autism in Noida

 
BMI Noida
H 41, Sector 51,
Noida, UP
http://www.behaviormomentum.com/

School for kids with Autism in Madurai

 
Sparks autism special school
Plot no-63, 1st north cross street,
Anna nagar, madurai-20,
Tamilnadu : 625020
Ph : 9171568733,0452 2528733
Email : sparksmadurai@gmail.com

I LIKE .... Game (File Folder Game)

I prepared this file folder game for my son to teach the concept of turn taking. And also make him to talk in sentences
Fig(1)
Following are the steps, how I prepared the file folder 
1.   Fig(2) has two pages. First let me explain about the right hand size page. 
  • Type I LIKE in the word document and draw five boxes.
  • Select all, that is the word I like and also the boxes. Copy the selected items and paste it, to make a another copy.
  • Now select all the copied items and by using the rotate option rotate the selected item. A mirror image is obtained now.
  • Separate by a horizontal line.
2. Take a printout of the prepared document.
3. Laminate the printout.
4. Laminte the another plane paper to get the left hand side page of the Fig(2).
5. Now join the two laminated sheet using transparent cello tape.

Fig (2)
                                                                          Fig (3)
Since food is the main attraction to my son. I took some food items of his choice. Fig(3) was also prepared using word document. I printed the prepared document and laminated it. After lamination I cut it to pieces like above.

I put velcro on the back of each images as shown in Fig(3) and also similar to the Fig(2).

Now the preparation part is over and i am going to explain how I play with my son.

1. I stick the food item pieces(fig 3) to the left side page of the Fig(2).
2. First I ask my son "WHOSE TURN ?"
3. I wait for my son to say "My turn" , otherwise I prompt him to say "My Turn".
4. Then I ask him "What do you like?" by showing the food pictures on the right hand side of Fig(1)
5. I wait for him to make his choice, otherwise physically prompt him to pick up a food item picture.
6. Once he picked up his choice , once again I ask " What do you like?".
7. I wait for him to say " I Like ....(the chosen food item name)", otherwise I prompt him to say the sentence "I Like....". e.g. I Like Pizza
8. Then I will say your turn over and ask him, "Now whose turn?"
9. I wait for him to say "Mummy's Turn", otherwise prompt him to say " Mummy's turn".
10 . Once my turn get over, we will repeat from the step 1, till all the food items pictures get over.

At the end of the game, my Son learnt to
  •  Make choices
  • Wait for his turn
  • Take turns
  • To answer "Whose" and "What" questions
  • Learnt to answer in sentence form
Another good thing is after playing this game for some time, we are able to play the game verbally without any of these materials. I simply say what I like and in his turn he says what he likes. That is very lively game. Hopefully soon this will help him to reduce anxiety in a public place like
a hotel or when shopping where he can say what he likes and wants.