Why a dad’s natural tendencies are a gift to his autistic child
It’s not uncommon in today’s household to have two working parents. However, it is uncommon for dad to feel like an equal when it comes to raising the kids. Especially when a child in the family has been diagnosed with autism. Perhaps because mom feels like it’s her job to step up to the plate or because it’s often believed that maternal instinct will kick in and mom will know best. Whatever the reason, everyone is missing out. The child as much as the parents.
Father’s Day is a wonderful time to celebrate the many gifts of dads. For the autistic child, those gifts will not only help to forge a happy childhood and fond memories of Father child activities but will also play a significant role in the potential healing of several of autisms many physiological challenges.
Lynette can share with your audiences the why’s and how’s while offering the gift of intentional play. With humor and perhaps a quick game of catch, she will share with your audience these surprising truths:
Gross Motor Skills: Dads tend to play gross motor games which works out the child’s balance and copying skills. It is extremely common for autistic people to have poorly developed cerebellums and mirror neurons in their brains. These games will actually encourage their growth and development. Also, playing them makes being together fun!
Blah, Blah, Blah: Dads are less inclined to talk about feelings and since that is one of the later learning’s to come on line for autistic kids, the pressure is reduced and connections born. In other words, not talking about their feelings encourages them to feel them!
Ally-Ooop: Dads love to throw their kids into the air. This is great for cerebellum healing. Much cheaper than a cerebellum chair it does the same basic thing. It’s fun and it’s free!
Specific Games and their Healing Habits
Playing Catch… Great for depth perception and responding.
Chase Games… Great for focus and fun and spontaneous speech.
Nothing is as rewarding as watching your children grow and learn, especially when you see your part to play. Father’s Day is a day to recognize dads part. Your audiences will be thrilled and inspired to play passionately with all of their children!
Global autism expert, Lynette Louise, raised eight children –six adopted and four of whom 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). Offering play therapy, family dynamics counseling and neurofeedback– she effectively helps parents become confident experts in their family’s healing. She is the author of the inspirational and honest new book MIRACLES ARE MADE: A Real Life Guide to Autism.