Making people less scary

How building stronger relationships with your child can help them interact with others. #autism #relationshipbased #playtherapy

Journal: cutting food (and saying cut!)ย 

This morning Little Star was having a breakfast omelette. She wanted to cut the food herself, as she kept grabbing the knife. I cheered her and we had some fun, cutting up her omelette with assistance. She allowed me to hold her hand with the knife and cut in a sawing motion.  We went for…

Encouraging language without expectations #autism #play

Wanting Little Star to say a certain word, but not expecting her to say it, has opened up so many ways to encourage language. Cutting out the expectations equals cutting out fear, frustration, disappointment or feelings of failure, which in turn enables me to put so much more in the effort.

Thanks to you we fundraised more than SGD3,000!

Or specifically SGD3,395 ๐Ÿ˜€ I realized we have been updating our Facebook page to the neglect of our blog. We did our shout outs, thanks and updates atย Little Star’s Facebook Page. It’s still so hard to believe, but so true that we made it, ย thanks to all of you who supported our very unofficial fundraising…

Building upon a Train Ism

Today I was eager to try out a train game idea that a few of us brainstormed for Little Star during the New Frontiers training course. The idea was to introduce a train game and have dolls get on and off the train at various stations, and have the dolls model waving Hello and Goodbye….

Game: Hide and Tweeze

Gameifying a typical tweezing activity into a rip roaring find the hidden objects game! Great way to expand interactive attention span

Why we chose the Son-Rise Program

Being weirded out by the experience, I hooked up with some fellow parents from our supportive Son-Rise community for some sanity and advice. They shared their own stories of negative family members, friends and yes, even strangers too!
These truly awesome parents helped me see past the unpleasantness towards the beliefs and viewpoints that would benefit me and my child, Little Star, the most.

Playing with a Son-Rise child: volunteer perspective

Volunteering with Little Star Recently, a dear friend wrote a lovely post about Little Star, her special needs and the fundraising we are doing to get to an autism training course in Singapore. We have been so honored to have him be a part of Little Star’s Son-Rise Program as a play volunteer. Despite his…

Video of Little Star painting

If you ever wondered how Little Star paints, here is a video we made in May 2016. When she is in the right mood, she really gets into it, sometimes standing on her hands or jumping around the room halfway ๐Ÿ˜€ By the way, we are fundraising for an autism training course by the Autism…

Alphabets: using her motivations

Little Star loves to ism – engage in repetitive behaviours – with plastic alphabets. Here is how we used her motivation to challenge her.