How to be a Village for an Autism mom this Mother's Day
Autism expert Lynette Louise of Brain and Body agrees that every mom deserves to be pampered and recognized on Mother's Day. For parenting partners and kids this is a great opportunity to prove that you appreciate the lengths mom goes to every day, by helping out for one! Unfortunately, moms of autism often get less pampered because families and friends aren't sure what to do.
Global autism expert, and more importantly, autism mom and individual Lynette Louise, would love to offer some simple suggestions!
Neighbors and Strangers: #1 Think 'Isn't that child beautiful!?' #2 Think 'Isn't that mom awesome!?' #3 Think 'How can I help?' #4 Don't think. Act! Open a door, push a cart, carry a bag, smile!
In-Laws and Extended Relatives: Hire a cleaning lady that uses all natural products and send her to clean-up the mess after Mother's Day.
Siblings: Engage in your special sib's favorite game of repetitive behavior for at least an hour, and laugh a lot!
Parenting Partner: Do ALL the child rearing for the day and then both of you go out to supper. (If the in-laws don't do their job, hire a maid to clean-up the mess. If you can't afford one, involve all the kids and do it yourselves.)
Best Friend: Take her and her special child out while the house gets cleaned.
MOM: Relax and trust your friends and family to do it all! You deserve a day!
Some of these tips and tricks (ie think wonderfully, smile and play favorite game with special sib) will make everyone feel more comfortable every day of the year. Surprisingly they also have the ability to help guide your children in skill acquisition and social comfort. Let Mother's Day be an excuse to begin making those simple, brain-changing adjustments! According to Lynette, "Sooner is better than later, though later is MUCH better than not at all."
Lynette Louise raised eight children – four of them were on the spectrum of autism. She was able to guide all but one out of autism and into independence. Lynette travels internationally, performing and speaking on the subject of autism and the efficacy of neurofeedback (biofeedback for the brain). A doubly board-certified PhD candidate at UNM: College of Psychophysiology, she is the author of the inspirational and honest new book MIRACLES ARE MADE: A Real Life Guide to Autism and host of the WebTalk.net radio show A NEW SPIN ON AUTISM: ANSWERS! Her one-woman musical comedy show CRAZY TO SANE raises awareness -- and laughter --around the world.