On the Horizon – 11/04/2008

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Horizons Developmental Remediation Center

On the Horizon
On the Horizon

Welcome to “On the Horizon”

Issue 35: Experience Sharing Communication

On the Horizon is an award winning weekly ezine for parents of children with developmental disabilities who want simple, effective strategies to reduce stress, support their child’s development, and improve quality of life for the whole family.

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In This Issue

Talking with Children

A Note from Nicole: Sharing Experiences and Information

Idea of the Week: Leaf Rubbing

Feature Article: Experience Sharing Communication

The Horizons Team Recommends: RDI® Program; Explorations in Eating Set

Upcoming Events: RDI® Parent Chat; Parent Day; Parent Seminar

A Note From Nicole
Nicole Beurkens

Hi Everyone!

Can you believe it’s November already?  We had a great time last week Trick-Or-Treating with the kids, carving pumpkins, and doing other Halloweenish things.  This year we had an alien, Darth Vadar, a Storm Trooper, and Minnie Mouse at our house.  It’s fun to see how the kids’ ideas about costumes change from year to year.  I hope you had some Halloween-related fun with your kids, too!

In this week’s feature article, Erin focuses on experience sharing communication.  This is such an important topic to understand when parenting or working with individuals who have social communication disorders.  Pass the article along to teachers, family members, and others who can benefit.  While you’re at it, let them know that they can receive these articles each week by subscribing to the ezine at www.HorizonsDRC.com.  We’re well past the 1,000 subscriber mark, and adding more each day.  Help us spread the word!

Looking to the horizon,

Nicole Signature 

Idea of the Week
Leaves

Leaf Rubbing!

Collect a variety of leaves of all shapes and sizes.  Using one plain piece of white paper, position the leaves vein side up on the paper in a pattern.  Lay another sheet of plain white paper over the top of the leaves.  Select one or a variety of crayons that you would like to use for your leaf rubbing.  Peel off the paper wrapping on the crayons before starting.  Turn a crayon on its side and gently rub over the top sheet of paper.  The leaf images will magically appear on the paper.  Try experimenting with different crayon colors and leaf arrangements.

Feature Article
Sharing

Experience Sharing Communication

By: Erin Roon, MA CCC-SLP

Take a moment to read this short conversation between a mother and son. As you read, think about what is being communicated. Are you able to get a picture in your head?

“Hey mom, you’ll never believe this! I saw a baby turtle in the road.”

“Really, I wonder how big it was.”

“Very small, only this big (indicates the size of a half dollar with hands).”

“Wow, I’ll bet he was scared being in the middle of the road. Maybe he was lost.”

“I didn’t think about him being scared; maybe I should move him out of the road. Do you think he was trying to get to the lake?”

“I think it would be very nice if we go back down and move him out of the road. I bet he was trying to get to the lake to take a swim. It’s a hot day, and I think turtles like to swim just as much as little boys.”

Vignettes like this are very common place among parents and children. This is an example of experience sharing communication at its best. The majority of the communicating we do is for experience sharing purposes.

Now read the following conversation between a mother and her son. Do you notice a difference?

Continued…

The Horizons Team Recommends

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Explorations in Eating Audio Program, Calendar and Journal Set

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Relationship Development

CORE Approach Program!

Finally – Hope and Real Improvement is Possible for Individuals with Autism and Their Families!

If your child has been diagnosed on the autism spectrum, or with a related neuro-developmental condition, you simply cannot afford not to investigate the RDI® Program. If you are ready for a change; ready to step away from the status-quo; ready to stop doing things that aren’t getting you where you want to be; ready to really understand the core deficits creating obstacles for your child; ready to significantly impact your child and your family for the better – then you are ready for RDI®.

Watch the video and learn more here

Upcoming Events

Please join us!

  • CORE Approach Parent Chat – Holiday Ideas
    Horizons Families Only
    Tuesday November 4, 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM EST
  • CORE Approach Parent Day
    Remediation-Friendly Treatments for Feeding Problems and Sensory Processing Disorders
    Friday November 7, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM EST
  • Beginning CORE Approach 4-day Parent Seminar – Chicago, IL area
    November 10-13
    Registration and Location Information To Be Announced…

  • RDI® Parent Teleseminar with Jennifer Wolf,
    “The Dangers of Media for Children”

    Horizons Families Only
    Tuesday November 18, 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM EST
  • Sibshop – Horizons Sibling Network
    Open to everyone!
    Saturday January 17 2009, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM EST
  • Sibshop – Horizons Sibling Network

    Open to everyone!
    Saturday March 14 2009, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM EST
  • HANDLE® Intermediate Training
    April 2009 – Dates TBA!
  • Sibshop – Horizons Sibling Network
    Open to everyone!
    Saturday May 9 2009, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM EST
  • Sibshop – Horizons Sibling Network
    Open to everyone!
    Saturday July 18 2009, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM EST

See our Event Calendar for more details…

On the Horizon is a weekly ezine for parents of children with developmental disabilities who want simple, effective strategies to reduce stress, support their child¹s development, and improve quality of life for the whole family.

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