@DawnNeufeld What’s your best advice for someone new to raising a child with autism? #AskDawn
Always, always, always have hope! It will get better!
Excited to see you at the #AutismEducationSummit @DawnNeufeld! What can we expect this year? #AskDawn
It’s going to be great - plenty of resource information with great panel discussions and speakers. Lots of #hope!
What redirections work well if kids are engaging in self-injurious stimulating behaviors, such as slapping? #AskDawn
Music or a favorite fidget work in our house!
What were the early signs that made you think your son had autism. And at what age? #AskDawn
Lots of repetitive behaviors and a lack of speech development once he hit a year old. He was evaluated at 18 months.
Were you weary at all having another child? #AskDawn
Absolutely… the possibilities of having another child with autism was definitely a topic of convo. In the end… we chose #hope.
What challenges have you had, if any, when trying to engage your child with other of the same age? #AskDawn
Not being a helicopter mom… I had to learn to expose will to peer situation but let him go at his own pace.
Love the Hope advice. My freshman son was high honors and starting LB. Autism spectrum diagnosed age 1, didn’t speak til 4.
Stories like yours help give parents like me #hope! I’ve learned to not put any limits on what Will can accomplish!
What are your favorite go-to autism resources @DawnNeufeld? #AskDawn
Honestly - his teachers. They are always an incredible help. And other autism parents - getting their input is key!
Hey @DawnNeufeld, what do you think of siblings affected by autism. Any advice for them? #AskDawn #SiblingWarrior
#Autism #Siblings are rockstars. They have to deal with a lot. Always give them attention - they sacrifice often!
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing our kiddos as they get older? #AskDawn
Bullying - lots of our kiddos can’t stand up for themselves. Promote awareness and understanding with peers!
Have you ever tried HBOT for your son? I have had great results with @OxyHealth for my daughter Grace! Attending public school!
Have not - but friends who have rave about it! I’ve always wanted to try it!
What are your favorite play date activities for you and your child? Do you bring other children? #AskDawn
Parks, pools, and we love going to the movies! We usually do activities as a family but friends are always welcome!
Any advice for parents on coping with a newly diagnosed child and maybe surrounding family? #AskDawn
YES! Take it one day at a time. #Autism is tough - unfortunately, family doesn’t always appreciate the struggle. Know that for some, autism will be too much to handle - surround those who offer love and support! Know that on your worst of days, it will get better… don’t forget to cut yourself some slack. #Autism is tough.
As a mom with a child with autism, what has been your most rewarding moment with him? #AskDawn
The day my sone told me he loved me without being prompted - best day of my life. Made all the bad days forgettable.
Any tips for balancing work and family life #AskDawn
YES!! You have to take care of yourself - you’re not a good spouse/mother if you’re exhausted and worn out!
I admire your marriage @DawnNeufeld! How do you and @RyanNeufeld88 keep the marriage alive, fun, and exciting? #AskDawn
After 14 years, it’s a challenge sometimes! But we make each other a priority - lots of date nights!
Ever feel guilty being a working mom w/ a child w/ autism? I was 1 of the only moms in my network that kept working. #AskDawn
Absolutely - it’s a struggle for all parents. Not sure that will ever go away.
How do you get your kids to take fish oils? Any tricks to sneaking it in? #AskDawn
My daughter loves @barleans lemonade flavored fish oil - said it tastes like yogurt! She’ll take a spoonful!
Did you look into genetic testing before having anymore children?
We did not… it was never a consideration.
Keeping our families and children healthy is important. Any tips for busy families on-the-go? #AskDawn
Always have yummy, health options within reach… grabbing chips is easy and convenient, but so is trail mix!
Summer Fun for the Family:
Dawn! What type of summer fun do you have planned for the kiddos? #AskDawn
A couple of driving-distance stay cations… always amazed at how hotel swimming pools are EVERYTHING to kids!!! And it’s my first time being home with the kiddos for the summer - looking forward to some adventuring!
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