- Posted March 28, 2014 by
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Communicating through autism
American Author Raising Autistic Son In France
I never saw my son as different from any of our other children but once he turned three and still wasn't responding to his name I knew it was time to seek professional advice. I moved my family to Europe several years prior and always eventually grasped an understanding of the way things worked as far as foreign health care goes but when it comes to Austism it's very difficult to find the support you need here in France. My suggestion would be to come up with alternative methods and create a plan that works best for you and your child.
One of the best methods that's worked for me is to incorporate singing into almost every learning activity. If you're trying to potty train your autistic child, make a silly potty song and when you notice your child might need to go potty, sing the "Potty Song" while you take them to the bathroom. Over time my son would sing certain parts of the potty song and I knew he had to use the bathroom. Hope it works for you. I've also discovered that certain gluten free recipes have helped calm my son's nerves and almost completely stopped his outburst. I put 18 of these recipes into a cookbook and that's available to help parents with Autistic children as well, you can find it on Amazon "Autism Guide, Autism Cookbook & ADHD Solutions In One".
Though the French health system seems to be lacking when it comes to services for families with autistic children. I find the culture and environment to be the perfect back drop for alternative teaching methods and dietary changes because of the natural beauty and many organic foods which are plentiful in this part of the world. If you have the means and the time to invest in creative ways to help your child with his learning France isn't a bad place to be, but if you're expecting help from the French government or think there's going to be special schools or centers here to support you, I'd say definitely rethink your plans.
Video of my son in France