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Newsletter #11: August 2017
Autism 30 August 2017 Newsletter
The moto of our podcast is “Live in love.” We love our community members and all those who have made it their mission in life to aid them in achieving the best life they can. One love that is often forgotten however in the process is the love of self, the caregiver.
The title says it all care/giver. They give their love away. A care giver is often the main person who’s responsible for the community members and it is that person whom I’m addressing today. Autism 30 is thinking of you this month.
A common saying is “it’s a marathon not a race” and those who’ve heard this know that it’s true. Marathoners have the benefit of training for one they choose to enter. Caregivers are often thrown in the race, learning as they run. For many the goal is to finish the race, with the focus being on the ribbon. Unforeseen hurdles arise however when the vehicle getting you there runs out and has no energy.
In the month of August some children have been home full time with their families for at least a month without the ability to send their love ones to camp, access to appropriate care, or assistance from others. Some also have the added difficulty of their other responsibilities to attend to, at the same time. The reality for some of our community members and their caregivers is this marathon last much longer then 42 km, and they can no longer see the ribbon.
It’s so important to look after your vehicle and to note that it’s not selfish to do so. In your quest, you may need to make difficult but necessary decisions. If your goal is to keep your car on the road, it’s vital that you stop off for an energy source to keep you going to be the best caregiver you can be.
10 ideas from our Autism 30 team:
Be aware that your tank has a limit (everyone’s does)
Be selective of who’s entitled to your limited energy
Take deep long breaths closing your eyes, as often as you can (on the toilet, in the shower, in bed, etc.)
Surround yourself with kind, positive and supportive people
Be OK with: not returning superfluous emails, phone calls, or letters
Be OK with: taking a bath/shower
Find something you love to do (that doesn’t involve leaving your home and can do without preparation. This way you’ll be able to realistically do it)
Take a time out (even if in the closet, etc.)
Don’t feel guilty for not being perfect (no one is)
Tell yourself repeatedly it’s not selfish for you to care for yourself as: “I need to love myself to give love to my love”.
These are only a few simple ideas to help. If anyone has any other suggestions that they use, that works for them, we’d love to hear from you and we’ll post them. Please also don’t forget to send in your questions for our next Parent Talk podcast.
Always remember our community members are our hearts and are the most important people in our lives and they deserve a Lamborghini, not a lemon. To love yourself (the caregiver) in the journey with them allows you the ability to feel and be present when the endorphins hits “runners high”. There is no greater gift then our children. We, and they, want to be there to experience this amazing and priceless journey together. What a beautiful ride it can be.
Fabulous author, mother, and actor extraordinaire Janet Walmsley is kindly bringing to our Autism 30 audiences attention:
This is an excellent opportunity for our Community Members:
Auditions for a TV Commercial
Pay: $500 session, $6000 buyout (based on final edit)
MALE LIVING WITH AUTISM - 18 to 20 YEARS approx.
ALL ETHNICITIES. Looking to be around 18 years, but we could go into early 20s depending. In the spot he is taking the bus to his first job interview. He is somewhat nervous and uncomfortable, however he is wearing headphones with music which help calm him. As there are varying levels of autism, please denote their function ability. They would also hire their parent or quite or helper to be with them on set. Must be diagnosed with autism as they would like this authentic. Thank you!
These are some on the wonderful events that are happening at PAFN in the month of August. If you are interested please call PAFN Goodlife Fitness Hub.
PAFN Employment Club When Fri, 4th, 11th, and 18th of August. 10:00 – 12:00 Description Come network and meet with other individuals on the spectrum looking for work. Hear about employment programs and supports, share job finding tips and support each other in your employment journey! Please RSVP to [email protected]pacificautismfamily.com
POPARD: Introduction to Mindfulness for Young Adults with ASD (Group Session)
When Wednesday the 2nd, 9th, and 16th of August, 16:30 – 18:00
Description facilitated by Georgina Robinson, Ph.D., and Lynn Savoie, MA This group will provide an introduction to Mindfulness practices. Designed to fit the learning needs of young adults with ASD, a structured group approach will be used to allow participants to sample various mindfulness activities. This is a beginner course and no previous experience in mindfulness is required, however participants must be comfortable working in a group. Purposes of this group are yy Learn new ways to respond to thoughts and feelings yy Learn practices that may help reduce stress and improve mood yy Increase attention span and focus Who is this group for? Young adults, ages 17 – 28, average or above average cognitive and language abilities, able to self-regulate and interact socially. Participants are also invited to bring another adult friend or family member. Pre-registration for intake is required. Register by contacting Dr. Robinson at [email protected] or at 604-946-3610
When Tuesday the 8th, 14th, 28th of August, 09:00 – 12:00
Vancouver Resource Society Prom
Friday the 25 August, 11:00 – 14:30
Created by : [email protected]com
GIRLS CLUB: Okanagan Chapter - Launch Party!
When: SUNDAY, AUGUST 13 Food, fun and face-painting! Come and meet your fellow GIRLS, and enjoy the party!
LOWER MAINLAND CHAPTER
WHEN: SUNDAY, AUGUST 27 Swim, or just enjoy the leafy, shady park & playground.
If you want to join and be a part of this groundbreaking girls group please contact Vicky Ryan at: [email protected]