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Behind the Breakthroughs


Feb 6, 2019

In this episode we chat with a mother from England whose son was diagnosed with autism at the age of 6 and what makes her story fascinating is that she was recently diagnosed at the age of 38. She is well researched and is able to articulate what it is like to have autism and uses her experiences to help parents, children, and adults understand aspects of it. Based on her experiences she developed The Meltdown Tracker in which she offers free visuals to help parents understand what maybe causing their child's meltdowns and gives them simple strategies to use to prevent or deescalate them quickly. Her Meltdown Tracker is based on things she has observed with her son and is designed to help others understand aspects of meltdowns and what do.

Meet Morgan Salisbury as she talks about her life journey as always feeling different and there was something lacking or not matching up to standards. She describes that it was a relief getting a diagnosis as it helped her understand so much of what she was going on with her. Morgan explains that autism is defined as deficit based model but should be a strengths base model. She also states that there is a stereotype that individuals with autism have no feelings or lack there of, but actually feelings can be so big that individuals use self-preservation mechanisms to numb it. She wants people to know that many times meltdowns are predicable and that you can develop skills to cope and get through the triggers in order to find balance. Based on her personal experiences and experiences with her son she is now passionate about helping families find their missing pieces and to add a dialogue of what those families are going through. At the end of the day no parent should feel alone on this journey, and she wants to help others on their journey, as she was inspired along hers.

 

MINDSHIFT (takeaways)

  1. Always have hope!
  2. Your child is so special and unique and not defined by a diagnosis. Your child is more than the meltdown people see, so trust your instincts and widen the narrow lens because your child is capable of so much.