This is a wonderful magazine despite the fact that Nicole Arbor’s face is on it. # dearfatpeople
This is a common misconception. People on the spectrum do have feelings, but often have problems expressing them. They don’t need to have their emotions just ignored or pushed aside. What they do need is some extra love and understanding.
Yes, it is ableism and it should be called out. I am fine with whatever words are thrown at me, but some people are not. It’s not unreasonable for them to ask people to not use words that hurt and degrade them.
I love it!
This is not a sponsored post. We have really enjoyed using N’s and I just wanted to share our experience. It has given us a wonderful sense of security that is worth more than gold.
I suppose I should start with a little background on N. He was diagnosed with classic autism before ASD was redefined. I’m not trying to get into a “my kid is more autistic than your kid” contest. I just wanted to illustrate his level of disability. He is verbal with people he knows well, but even then he has a very hard time reading a situation and communicating what is going on. For example, he is convinced that Jesus is a zombie because He rose from the dead and no one can convince him otherwise. It’s adorable, but he would really be at a disadvantage if he needed help.
When we decided to send him to school part time, I really worried that he might get lost and not be able to ask a stranger or even a police officer for help. It’s a very real threat that often ends badly. This study shows that almost half of all children with ASD wander regardless of where they are.
We both wear medic alert bracelets for our genetic disorder, but it is so rare that it is more likely to confuse EMS rather than help. I looked into a GPS device so we could at least track him if he wandered off. Some were crazy expensive and some were very unreliable according to other reviews. I had a hard time finding something that would work for us and still be durable enough for a nine year old boy.
As luck would have it, dropping my phone in the tub was the best thing I ever did. When we were at the Verizon store, our friendly sales associate immediately offered to show us the new Gizmopal. He has worked with us before so he knew about N’s condition. It’s going to sound like I am exaggerating, but it really is this awesome and the perfect solution.
Some of the features include:
- Program up to 4 numbers that can be called by the device. Other numbers can’t be dialed.
- Two way calling so I can call him and it will automatically pick up after 10 seconds
- GPS tracker that can be checked in real time through the Gizmohub app
- The app is super easy to use. I am not very tech savvy, but I was able to program his numbers and set location boundaries in a couple of minutes.
- It’s very reasonably priced at $80 with a contract.
- The best part is how kid friendly it is. In addition to making phone calls, the buttons make cool noises and tell time. Of course, it is comfortable, durable and waterproof.
Here is a link to more information and a store locator where you can pick up one of your own.
Here are some tips on coping with the sensory overload caused by autism spectrum disorder.
Thanks for not killing us at birth. Now can we work on equality and accessibility?
This is an amazing look at the beauty of being different while giving more information about ASD than I got from N’s first doctor appointment.