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Issue 126: Experience Sharing Communication
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A Note from Nicole: Playing Catch-UP
I’m playing “catch-up” this week in the office after being gone all last week. My husband and I took a trip together without the kids for the first time in a long time, and it was great! A little time away to a warmer climate was just what we needed, especially as we gear up for the busy holiday season ahead. Thank goodness for wonderful grandparents who can stay with the kids while we are away!
Speaking of the holidays coming up, the idea we are sharing this week (see below) is some fun ideas for managing long car rides with the kids. Preparing a bunch of supplies and games ahead of time can make those trips more enjoyable for everyone involved!
The feature article this week is one Erin wrote about Experience Sharing Communication. This is an essential concept for parents and educators to understand when working with individuals who have autism and related disorders. Read the article and post a comment to let us know what you think about the topic!
Make it a great week!
Looking to the horizon,
Fun on the Go
At this time of year you may be traveling for the holidays to go see grandparents or other family members, and being in a car for a long period of time can be boring for the kids. A great idea is to get a Rubbermaid bin and put some items in it so that you’re ready for the trip ahead. Here are some ideas to keep the kids busy, fed, and clean!
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.”
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?
“Hi Jimmy, how was your day?”
Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie Muffins
Whether you have just started a special diet with your child or you have been following one for years, it can be difficult to come up with what to serve. We decided to try to make that just a bit easier by providing you with a new allergen free recipe each week.
While it is impossible to meet every person’s unique food sensitivity needs, we hope you will find these recipes helpful and delicious. Please feel free to adapt the recipes to meet your needs and taste buds; we do it all the time. Enjoy!
Pumpkin Pie Muffins Recipe
1 ½ cups blanched almond flour
¼ teaspoon celtic sea salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
1 pinch ground cloves
2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
½ cup agave nectar
2 large eggs
1 cup fresh baked pumpkin (or winter squash), well packed
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