Nonverbal Autism Tips For The Season

My middle son Jaiden is now 14 with epilepsy, level 3 autism and an intellectual disability. He is nonverbal and has pica which is eating non edible food items on the daily. When I say nonverbal, for Jaiden this means he is unable to have back and forth conversation, has what’s called echolalia where he repeats words and phrases and also has a tendency to scream high pitch screams most days.

Jaiden doesn’t speak in sentences of more than 3 words. When he does speak in sentences, it is random sentences out of the blue when he is extremely excited and that happens about 3-4 times a year. The way that we communicate with him through out our days and how over the years we have built a relationship with him is through several different ways.

  • Find out what your child likes
  • Be straightforward with your language
  • Remove overwhelming stimuli
  • Use nonverbal communication like the picture exchange system, sign language, iPad with communication apps

These are some things that I have used with Jaiden over the years and I hope some of these things fe you will research for yourself and child to see what fits for you.

For more on this topic please listen to the latest podcast!

Just recently I had a great conversation with Sam Huber a man with autism who is married with a family of his own. He has a wonderful heart for the autism community please check him out on YouTube👇🏼

https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCn88hCReMI1_ubtRtmpnBQQ

“No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.”‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭10:24‬ ‭

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Autism Stress Less Guide Booklet: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08NTZ4XW9/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awdb_t1_m18TFb7282ZSV

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The Power Of Patient Parenting

I was talking to Kev about how our parenting styles are so different and that because of his patience his parenting to me, is more effective. In our marriage, we discuss frequently how we should treat each of our kids such as what’s really worth the fight and what we really need to go easy on with our kids.

Do you ever wonder, how Jesus would navigate the tension in your household? Jesus was all grace and all truth all the time with the disciples and they weren’t his kids, but they were his friends. Maybe this is not a good comparison, however the point is to consistently give grace to our kids and to consistently be patient with them because that’s exactly how Jesus is with us. I am guilty of being a crappy parent and I have learned over the years how to be more patient, more kind and more loving. I believe that you can learn all of these things too.

Jesus laid the foundation for us by showing us the new covenant command which is to love others as Jesus loves us. Following that principle will make you a better parent as well as you will learn to exercise more patience. I don’t want to get too deep into psychological issues because I understand that if you have a history of trauma and unresolved emotional wounds from your past, of course that’s going to spill into your parenting.  I’m just talking about simply following what God has laid out for us which is to love your children and to try to have patience with them.

When they have autism and special needs this can be very difficult at times and I totally understand. However, Love isn’t pushy and it chooses to move at the other persons pace since God moves at our pace so we are to do the same for all our children. Let’s try to do that especially in this season! 

“Love is patient and kind, never jealous, boastful, proud, or” 1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:4‬ ‭

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Autism in Our Home: The Making of a Bittersweet Family https://www.amazon.com/author/maritzamoliswww.bn.com/s/9781642993400

The Autism Stress Less Parent Guide: Ways To Find Help And Support For You And Your Child https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08NTZ4XW9/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glc_jKNZFbB5XHQHF

If you wanna go much deeper than the blogs and podcasts are giving you then make sure you go to www.strategies2cope.com and I can go one on one with you. I can give you a free 10 min consultation to see if I am the right fit for you so just go to strategies2cope.com and send me a message!

Check out my husband👉🏼Kevin on his YouTube page for more tips!https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClCgg1lNqI3cmeE4fBHFjvw

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When You Are Depressed And Detached Consider This

I’ve been depressed and detached in the most joyous of situations. For instance, I’m on vacation with Kevin and Sebastian and I’m sitting outside of the villa we are staying at. The patio is with red brick pavement, green chairs and a green table. I’m looking out at a palm tree it’s about 82° and sunny with a beautiful breeze. I feel a little down and detached and it has nothing to do with what anyone has done or said or where I’m at. It is a struggle in the mind that is a battle and I have to purposefully shut it down each day.

I still at times feel depressed and detached and it has nothing to do with my surroundings. It’s who I am, what I’ve gone through, struggle with. I know for some of you you might be thinking how in the world can you feel depressed and detached when you are in a place where there is beautiful palm trees, swimming pools, and sunshine? When you have struggled with depression, anxiety and PTSD you struggle with it and you learn to get through the struggle. It all begins in your mind.

I want to talk about if you’re in a place of depression and detachment what are you to do? This topic is a genuine expression of what I’ve gone through and if you’ve ever felt depressed or detached and your joy is gone what do you do? If you are a parent that has a child with autism and developmental disabilities it really is up to you to try to amplify your joy as some days are harder than others. So how do you amplify your joy?

Here are three things to try:

1. Get interested in others things like music, painting, board games, working out, walking, or even cooking

2. Go out with friends and ask them questions about their life, their likes and wants.

3. Spread the joy by smiling more, singing more, starting a relationship with God, reading the Bible, talking to him, loving him, yourself and your family more.

4. Be Thankful plus it’s that time of year! Be grateful for at least three things today and let’s try to be grateful for the rest of the weekend too☺️

Hope you guys are all healthy and well and are not depressed or detached, BUT if you are… I am with you. Blessings to you and your family and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

“I pray that God, who gives hope, will bless you with complete happiness and peace because of your faith. And may the power of the Holy Spirit fill you with hope.”Romans‬ ‭15:13‬ ‭CEV‬‬

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If you wanna go much deeper than the blogs and podcasts are giving you then make sure you go to www.strategies2cope.com and I can go one on one with you. I can give you a free 10 min consultation to see if I am the right fit for you so just go to strategies2cope.com and send me a message!

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Autism Stress Less Guide Booklet: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08NTZ4XW9/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awdb_t1_m18TFb7282ZSV

Things You Need To Know About Suffering

I’ve been reading this book called ministry is and it talks a little bit about suffering. I believe there’s still a lot that we don’t know about suffering. But I do know that there’s one person in the Bible who knows everything about it.

The reason why I started reading this book is because I wanted to be an effective minister to people who are parenting their children with autism and special needs. This book has been very encouraging to me as it has helped me to understand how to be a slave to Jesus, how to have quiet time with Jesus, How to love others like Jesus, and how to understand exactly what it is that we have to do to minister to other people like Jesus did.

In Isaiah 55:9 it says, ” Just as the heavens are higher than the earth, my thoughts and my ways are higher than yours.” That verse ends with: “my thoughts and my ways are higher than yours.” It is a reminder that he knows all and we are here not to try to understand it all but to learn how to suffer well through it all. 

There are a lot of times where I’ve shared my story with others and I’m emotionally wounded all over again from explaining what is taking place in my life in our family. you can be very hard sometimes to talk about our story over and over again but I know that God is with us. He tells us in Philippians 4:6-7 and I paraphrase “Be anxious for nothing but in everything pray with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God and the peace of God which passes all understanding will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

Sometimes we need to ask ourselves some questions and write down our answers on paper. I asked myself recently are you causing your own stress and suffering by trying to control everything? What are the stressors in your life right now in detail? Are you talking to anybody about your stressors? Are those people helpful to you or are they hindering you? Last question is change possible? Is there anyway you can reduce the suffering and stress in your life? 

For more on this topic listen to the latest podcast!

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Get Maritza’s Books Autism in Our Home and The Autism Stress Less Guide on Amazon and Barnes and Noble Now!! Putting God first when parenting your child with autism is the best thing you can do for your family! I want to help you to get your mind right and point you to the right resources. My second book is in the works and will be out soon!! Autism in Our Home: The Making of a Bittersweet Family https://www.amazon.com/author/maritzamoliswww.bn.com/s/9781642993400

If you wanna go much deeper than the blogs and podcasts are giving you then make sure you go to www.strategies2cope.com and I can go one on one with you. I can give you a free 10 min consultation to see if I am the right fit for you so just go to strategies2cope.com and send me a message!

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Autism Stress Less Guide Booklet: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08NTZ4XW9/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awdb_t1_m18TFb7282ZSV

Avoiding Burnout

“I am burnt out, tired and feel far from God,” I admitted a few years back to my husband Kevin. One of the greatest mistakes of being a Christian is to think that because you believe in God, you are close to God. It’s all about investing in a relationship with God and spending time reading and studying the Bible.

If you’re a parent that has a child with autism, I’m especially writing to you. But whatever your work is and however you serve God, you too can be vulnerable to burnout. If you feel tired mentally, physically, and spiritually a nap won’t help it. I know it’s extremely hard when your trying to be well in all of these areas and faced with helping your child cope through their challenges. The stress is real and it starts to take a toll on your whole life.

In my latest book project, I will be teaching that the real culprit of burnout is over parenting, over working, obsessive and controlling ways, lack of care to ourselves and a lack of relationship with God. I will explain how all of these things and more will crowd out a loving relationship with your family and a close relationship with God and how you can have a peaceful life in the midst of it all. It can happen to any of us in our families, jobs, and church service.

We need to regularly say NO to the stressful demands of our lives in order to say YES to enjoying a peaceful and restful relationship with God. In addition to blessing us, it will bless God, our families and the people all around us.

Thanks for being part of our journey. Because I deeply believe our kids need us all at our best right now, serving God and loving others with everything we got.

– Maritza

“God cares for you, so turn all your worries over to him.” 1 Peter‬ ‭5:7‬ ‭CEV‬‬

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Get Maritza’s First Book Autism in Our Home on Amazon and Barnes and Noble Now!! Putting God first when parenting your child with autism is the best thing you can do for your family! I want to help you to get your mind right and point you to the right resources. My second book is in the works and will be out soon!! Autism in Our Home: The Making of a Bittersweet Family https://www.amazon.com/author/maritzamoliswww.bn.com/s/9781642993400

If you wanna go much deeper than the blogs and podcasts are giving you then make sure you go to www.strategies2cope.com and I can go one on one with you. I can give you a free 10 min consultation to see if I am the right fit for you so just go to strategies2cope.com and send me a message!

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Teen Meltdowns and Helping Your Child Through it

For those of you who have or have had teens with autism you all know how hard meltdowns can be. It can be so very hard to watch your child struggle with self regulation as well as hard on you stress wise. There have been some weeks that have been awesome and there’s also been weeks that I label hell weeks. I’m sorry for those of you who don’t like to hear that, but it’s true I have had hell weeks and I know that some of you reading this have also had the same so that’s why I choose to describe it in that way because there is no other way to describe it.

 What I’ve learned from having a child with autism and other disabilities is that you need to have superhuman strength. I believe that fully relying on God is the only thing that will get you through the struggles that you face. When I say fully relying on God I don’t mean just waking up in the morning and praying. It is a heart change, a mind change and a life change. I literally have gone through years of reading, researching, and schooling to try to understand all about what my son is facing. I have also gone through years of reading, researching, and schooling to try to understand what I am facing mentally, spiritually, and psychologically. I will be the first to tell you that I still am learning. I love learning and I love the process of trying to understand how to make myself better so that intern I could have a peaceful family life. I also love learning and love the process of trying to understand different tools to help you to have a peaceful family life.

A few things to help when your teen has a meltdown are:

1. Make sure they are safe and everyone else is safe by scanning the room for dangerous objects that can be thrown etc…once everyone involved is safe walk away and give them space to scream and let go.
2. Ask if they are in pain, have hurts anywhere to see if they may have a medical issue like headaches, stomachaches etc… if so give appropriate medication to help.
3. If they are ok and starting to calm down put on some music and dance with them. Tell them that music is fun and show them how to wind down by either hanging out with them listening to music or dance with them.
4. Have a picnic snack on the living room floor. Snacks always brighten my day and it works too for Jaiden.

These are just a few real life things I do with Jaiden. There are tons of things you can do to help your teen too. You have to find out what’s best for them when they meltdown. It is not a tantrum, but a cry for help that they can’t communicate to you.

I hope you guys have teenagers with autism are doing well and when your child has a meltdown I pray that God give you the strength that you need to love the heck out of your child. Have a safe and happy Halloween 🎃 .

“Love is always supportive, loyal, hopeful, and trusting.” 1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:7‬ ‭CEV‬‬

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If you wanna go much deeper than the blogs and podcasts are giving you then make sure you go to www.strategies2cope.com and I can go one on one with you. I can give you a free 10 min consultation to see if I am the right fit for you so just go to strategies2cope.com and send me a message!

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The FREE Autism Stress Less Guide

Hi Everyone! Happy October and it’s almost over. I wanted to post the FREE PDF of The Autism Stress Less Guide I created to help parents to stress less when parenting their child with autism. If this works for you great! If not, please pass it on to someone whom you think would benefit from it. Thank you and praying you are all stressing less this month!

“A Heart At Peace Gives Life To The Body.” Proverbs 14:30

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Get Maritza’s First Book Autism in Our Home on Amazon and Barnes and Noble Now!! Putting God first when parenting your child with autism is the best thing you can do for your family! I want to help you to get your mind right and point you to the right resources. My second book is in the works and will be out soon!! Autism in Our Home: The Making of a Bittersweet Family https://www.amazon.com/dp/1642993409/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_D2BLFbQJ0F8CK

If you wanna go much deeper than the blogs and podcasts are giving you then make sure you go to www.strategies2cope.com and I can go one on one with you. I can give you a free 10 min consultation to see if I am the right fit for you so just go to strategies2cope.com and send me a message!

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How to swim upstream against the floods of life

Some of us parents are struggling to keep up with all that’s going on in our households when parenting our children with autism. How can you be the one to swim upstream against the floods that take place in your life? How can you do it without being worn out? Over the years, I have become frustrated and I have felt that I have not done a good job of serving my family effectively. You may feel the same way too.

In order for you to serve your family and make changes for the better you have to have a clear focus, a great deal of energy, a sense of humor and people who are in your corner through the good and bad. A lot of things that happen in life can be disappointing. However, this is your family, this is your child. Do not quit and never lose heart. 

I probably sound repetitive to you all because I frequently will say, don’t quit, be grateful, love your child. These things that I say often are what I believe the things that can help you to change your life for the better. Let’s just take this time to remind ourselves to bring joy to our families as best as we can and to:

  1. Be grateful and thankful
  2. Delegate tasks as needed and to
  3. Rest

For more please listen to the latest podcast!!

Get Maritza’s First Book Autism in Our Home on Amazon and Barnes and Noble Now!! Putting God first when parenting your child with autism is the best thing you can do for your family! I want to help you to get your mind right and point you to the right resources. My second book is in the works and will be out soon!! https://www.amazon.com/author/maritzamoliswww.bn.com/s/9781642993400If you wanna go much deeper than the blogs and podcasts are giving you then make sure you go to www.strategies2cope.com and I can go one on one with you. I can give you a free 10 min consultation to see if I am the right fit for you so just go to strategies2cope.com and send me a message!

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3 Things To Help You When Parenting With Depression

I don’t know about you, but I am a person who has struggled with depression since my early teens. I had a sort of situational depression because my father passed away when I was 12 years old. Soon after, my grandfather passed, my younger cousin at the age of four and then the unexpected death of my brother in law at age 28. We have had a lot to grieve over in our family. I am sure many of you are going through depression, PTSD, anxiety as well as having to take care of your child with autism through it all. I want to specifically talk about depression as this is the season where depression kicks in and becomes heavy for a lot of us due to the holiday season and the hustle and bustle of life. Even with COVID-19 there is still a lot of hustle and bustle we will all be going through these next few months. There are days I don’t wanna get outta bed and I wanted to give you a few tips to help you through depression and they are:

1. Get the right support system

If you have to find a therapist to help you talk though all you are facing please do it now! You will be less stressed and so will your kids. There are also pastors, counselors and free online help too. If you need more than talk therapy please call your doctor.

2. Try to be as active as possible

When you get out of bed thank God for all you have grab some tea or coffee and try to be active. I do have to push myself to workout daily and I literally do 10-20 minutes a day and afterward I feel so much better. Like I said, I seriously have to push myself to do this, but it’s worth doing.

3. Get some rest

I know you guys are tired and going through some unimaginable things right now. There have been times where I’ve had to take a time out and told Kev I need a time out. That happens like one to two times a year. If you are really overwhelmed let your spouse know if you have a spouse or a family member that you need one day to rest. It’s so important to take care of yourself so you can be the best you can for your family.

For more on this topic listen to the latest podcast!

“God cares for you, so turn all your worries over to him.” ‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭5:7‬ ‭CEV‬‬

Get Maritza’s First Book Autism in Our Home on Amazon and Barnes and Noble Now!! Putting God first when parenting your child with autism is the best thing you can do for your family! I want to help you to get your mind right and point you to the right resources. My second book is in the works and will be out soon!! https://www.amazon.com/author/maritzamoliswww.bn.com/s/9781642993400If you wanna go much deeper than the blogs and podcasts are giving you then make sure you go to www.strategies2cope.com and I can go one on one with you. I can give you a free 10 min consultation to see if I am the right fit for you so just go to strategies2cope.com and send me a message!

Check out my husband👉🏼Kevin on his YouTube page for more tips!https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClCgg1lNqI3cmeE4fBHFjvw

Latest podcast: https://anchor.fm/molisfam/episodes/Three-Things-To-Help-You-When-Parenting-Through-Depression-ekp38b

Strategies2Cope: Stress And Homeschooling

For many families that have children with autism, it can be great to have them days where you have peace and order, but the next day might be completely off for both you and your child. The days of our kiddos going to a physical school has changed a ton for this year anyway, and a lot of our families are homeschooling.

In the spring, I had thoughts of “I can do this if it’s a forever kinda thing.” “Not sure I can do this successfully if I have to teach both kids!” “I have a schedule down pat for both kids and it’s going pretty well.” I had a college student studying from home with frustrations of his own, was virtually homeschooling both kids, one a second grader, and the other a teen with severe special needs and I found a system that worked for us all. It did take some time to establish a good routine. Then summer came and we tried to enjoy what we could and then the new school year started. Kevin and I decided that it would be best to send them off to school physically if they were able to, but I didn’t know if thats what I wanted to do.

I prayed about it, I researched a ton of homeschooling mamas that had been traditionally homeschooling for years and I decided to make the decision to homeschool my youngest. I wanted to homeschool both, however I thought, let’s do this one child at a time. I know it seems weird, but my thought was Jaiden LOVES his peeps at school and if they decide to close down after October then I will be more prepared to school both my kids again. I am glad we did decide to do so because Sebastian and I are now establishing a good rhythm to our eclectic style of homeschooling which I know if Jaiden is to be homeschooled too then we will have an easy transition for him. I am trying my best to create a good system for our non homeschooling life and homeschooling life. Jaiden does LOVE his friends at school and by friends I mean the therapists. He is one to one which also is a super plus for him. I absolutely love that they can now give him that kind of attention.

Is this a new normal for us? I think yes and I know it comes with a lot of responsibilities and patience. We only have our children for a few years! Then it’s off to wherever they want to go when they become little adults. After a few years of teaching Jaiden and helping him it’s either he stays with us or we help him to transition to a shared living facility or residential facility. I think about so many things now that he is approaching 14 years of age. There are a lot of things to do before our kids turn 18. Right now, we are creating strategies to cope through our journey and survival strategies like letting them watch tv a little more, letting them play games a little more when done with homework, more trips to the park, walks outside, we’ve installed an indoor swing in the basement, and thanks to our dear friends we have a mini indoor trampoline now.

The new normal requires practical strategies—practical tweaks to your routine and mindset that will help you and the kids have a smooth school year.

Here are some solutions you can try to help you get there:

1. Try to Avoid Burnout

Even if you believe you only have 15 minutes to engage your child with an activity or academic lesson do that and don’t worry about them not learning because they are. Set timers if you need to so that it can help with transitioning to the next activity. I love using easy peasy, duolingo app for spanish lessons and brainquest for homeschooling Sebastian, but for Jaiden when he is home doing school week I use youtube kids for book reading, veggie tales bible videos and go-noodle indoor recess videos. To avoid burnout, I do these things and while they are busy, we cowork in my office or dining room.

It’s basically a different way of being with your kids, but it still is meaningful work! Try not to overwhelm yourself and take things chunk by chunk.

2. Stick To Having Break Time

Set aside breaks for your kids. Treat them like a meeting. I say out loud “Break Time!” and I stick to them. When school starts at 9 am break time will be like 10:30am. I then have them grab a snack and watch a cartoon of their choice for a few minutes. I will read, drink coffee and write. The goal here is to be able to think some positive thoughts, relax and breathe. This the most important career in your life right now being with your kids. Having breaks will help you to love your life and to have a moment to chill.

3. Create Separate Spaces To Work With Your Kids

My youngest get excited about working alongside me, but also when I give him a little freedom too. To make the school day effective we will cowork, break then Sebastian will do math work upstairs and he will instant message me if he needs help. It’s a great solution for peace during the school day.

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