Autism and ADHD Awareness

I didn’t plan on writing about Autism and ADHD until I learned about World Autism Awareness Day and ADHD Awareness Month. The whole subject brings up years of memories and personal experience raising children with ADHD, a developmental disorder that people do not understand.

While I didn’t raise Autistic children, I know the hardship of fitting the pieces together to get through life with ADHD. Support groups and awareness days were non-existent at that time.

Autism charm
Austism Puzzle Piece Charm with Swarovski Crystal

 

Autism and ADHD Awareness

Autism and ADHD or any sort of “developmental disorder” awareness is not just for parents but also for educators and other people in society.

Speaking from the viewpoint of the parent I can tell you that if you suspect your child is different, learn all you can about the disorder. Doctors have a lot of knowledge, but in many cases they don’t know anymore than you do. So educate yourself on everything.

The same goes for teachers. Regular education teachers are not as well equipped to deal with Autistic children or children with ADHD. Teachers are people just like anyone else and can become annoyed or judge a child without getting to the root of the problem.

The sobering fact is that most people don’t know a thing about any of these developmental disorders and are highly judgmental toward the child and the parents.

The next time you see a child throwing a fit in public, running around in circles or knocking things over, don’t judge the parent or the child, say a prayer for them instead because you don’t know what they might be going through.

ADHD Awareness Ribbon
ADHD Awareness Ribbon Charm with Swarovski Crystal

Struggling through daily life

If you are struggling through daily life with a child who is Autistic, ADHD, etc. let me tell you that the road is rough. Sometimes it is hard to fit all the pieces together, but you will get through it.

Always remind yourself of these few things:

  1. God gave you this child because you are strong enough to handle it
  2. Take it one day at a time
  3. Stay in the present. Don’t look too far ahead or too far back, it is all overwhelming
  4. Try to find a support group or someone to confide in and bounce off your frustrations
  5. Take time for yourself whenever you can, you need renewal of energy
  6. Get out of the house. It is very easy to become secluded and home-bound because simply going to dinner or to the grocery store is a traumatic event. Try not to let that happen, and also realize that the child, even with his or her disorder, still needs to learn to behave in public.

To medicate or not to medicate

The most common and widely used solution is to medicate the child (which is kind of scary). For some cases this may be a life saver and for others it might cause even more problems.

Once again, you should educate yourself and not blindly follow physicians orders – because this is YOUR child. There are many natural remedies that might work in your situation. Each child is different, which means there are a myriad of different solutions.

Keeping in focus

Parents and educators (both the regular and the special education teacher) need to always keep in focus: to love and educate the child. I know it’s hard sometimes, but the reward at the end is truly immense!

The most rewarding day of my life was seeing my sons graduate from High School, absolutely no one knew how hard it was to get to that moment. But I did.

Ideas and inspiration for Teacher Appreciation Gifts

You are special teacher appreciation
You Are Special Pendant by Green Girl Studios. Photo Copyright © 2014 Bead Lovers Korner

Looking for ideas and inspiration for teacher appreciation gifts or other unique gifts for special people? When I saw this jewelry making pendant from Green Girl Studios I was overcome with ideas for uses of this special little pendant.

I am sharing my thoughts since they might be just the right inspiration for someone to make a key chain, bookmark, necklace or other beaded jewelry with this You Are Special Pendant:

  • Special Education Teacher Appreciation Gifts
  • Regular Education Teacher Appreciation Gifts
  • Parents of Children with Special Needs
  • Medallion for a Special Needs Child
  • Unique Gift for people who suffer from depression
  • Award Medal for participation in a special function
  • Gifts for Best Friends

These are just a few ideas for creating a meaningful keepsake for someone special

I raised children with ADHD (see my previous blog post on that subject) and met some very dedicated Special Education Teachers. This little pendant would have been perfect for making a unique gift for one of them.

Comment below if this gives you any special inspiration or ideas for creating unique handcrafted jewelry!

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