Since April is Autism Awareness month, I thought it was a good time to share an interview I did with Shannell Mouland for The Mom Interviews. Shannell is the author of the blog goteamkate.com, and shares candid, emotional, and real stories of living with two daughters, one of whom is autistic.
One of her recent blog posts I found helpful about how a dog can help autistic children cope, and keep children from wandering off. In this interview Shannell shares her story, and gives wonderful tips to parents who may have had a child recently diagnosed with autism.
tips for living with autism from shannell mouland
Shannell says what’s worked for her daughter Kate who is five years old:
- Speech Pathologists are helpful since this is a communications disorder.
- Speech therapy at school as well helps her daughter cope away from home.
- Behavior therapy is advised so autistic children learn how to play and interact appropriately, and make friends more easily.
- Be Around Their Peers – This is the number one thing that she is passionate about, including autistic children in daily life. Shannell feels that allowing them to attend typical daycares, typical schools, and just being an active part of everyday life will help autistic children with behavior modeling.
Thanks to Shannell for being so open and giving with her time, and thanks to you for watching.
This is a terrific resource. I need to watch some of your other The Mom Interviews shows. BTW – your set is amazing. I vaguely remember watching one in the past and thinking that.
With autism being as prevalent as it is, this is wonderful to read and gain insight.
When I was in NYC, they lit the Empire State Building for Autism Awareness Month. I thought that was very cool.
This a great resource! I think there is definitely a lot of awareness that can be shared with those of us who don’t have this in our families, but want to more fully understand our friends who do. Thanks Kristen and I think you should come link this up over at my Happy Now link-up )
What an amazing story she has. One of our family friends has an autistic son, and I’m sure she would love to see these resources as well.
i need to watch some of your other to mom interviews show. amazing