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Behind the Breakthroughs


Aug 8, 2018

In this episode Dr. Nunez shares her experience of working with her new clients who are identical twins. She talks about how each twin reacts differently to the same scenario. Although these twins share the same diagnosis and look exactly alike, they could not be more different from one another.

This episode serves as a reminder to parents, teachers, and other services providers not to put children with autism in a box. There is not one size fits all approach. When you have met one person with autism you have met one person with autism.

IN THIS EPISODE:

-- This summer Dr. Nunez has had the opportunity to work with some new clients.

-- In this episode she shares her experiences in working with these new clients.

-- She shares these stories to remind parents, teachers, and providers that when you meet one person with autism you meet one person with autism.

-- The clients she talks about in this episode are twins and are on the spectrum and they are so different from one another.

-- This summer they went on vacation and traveled to a different state.

-- While traveling Brother #1 was calm and transitioned from activity to activity very well.

-- On the other hand, Brother #2 had several “mental meltdowns” (as he likes to call them) on the trip.

-- Brother #1 gets annoyed with Brother #2 when he has these meltdowns, especially in public.

-- Brother #1 does not want anyone to know that he is diagnosed with autism.

-- However, Brother #2 doesn’t care if people know about his autism and is very comfortable with whom he is.

-- It’s refreshing to be around individuals with autism because of their honesty. Although we have to work on filtering, there is no ill feelings, intentions, or malicious intent.

-- Dr. Nunez shares how much fun she has when working with these twins because she can use different therapeutic strategies.

-- This has taught her how to be versatile as a therapist and serves as a reminder to respect their individuality.

-- Therapists should always keep the individuality of their clientele in mind and to use approaches that are appropriate and tailored to meet their needs.

-- If you have a child with autism let them figure out how they want to identify with it.

-- Present the information and take the child’s lead on what questions he or she wants to ask, if they want to research it or not.

-- Going back to the quote… ultimately you have to be comfortable with yourself and your identity in order to be happy in life.

-- We want to build confidence within our clients.

MINSHIFT (takeaways)

  1. Allow your child with autism decide for themselves if they want to identify with the diagnosis or not.
  2. Never let autism be an excuse of why you can’t achieve a goal. Be proud and confident with YOU!
  3. Help your child find activities that make them happy.