The Importance of Self-Compassion

Dr. Kristin Neff is an associate professor and researcher at University of Texas at Austin. She developed self-compassion as a construct and is the leading researcher on the topic. It’s been found to improve a person’s self-worth, happiness, and well-being. She also has a son who has autism which is what initially drew me to her work. She knows the joys and challenges of raising a child with autism and how self-compassion can help both the child and the parent’s overall well-being. Self-compassion is the act of being kind to…

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The DIR/Floortime Journey

I am a Floortime Player Family Consultant, and have been working with Real Connections for about four years. I am currently completing my pre-doctoral residency in Texas in order to complete my clinical psychology doctorate. I am pleased to have the opportunity to blog on the Real Connections website in order to share some of the lessons that I have learned along the way. The names of the client and mother described below have been changed for purposes of confidentiality. Monica, a mom that I have had the pleasure of…

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Integrated Learning Systems  iLs at Home They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but is it the picture? For those captured in our photos sometimes it’s the smile that’s worth so much more. A study done on stroke patients seemed to prove a smile’s worth. When patients who had damage to their right hemisphere were asked to smile or to show their teeth, the result was a lopsided or awkward look on their face. But when told a joke or seeing a family member the left hemisphere would…

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LIFTING THE VEIL

Shouting, immediate ignition of temper, heightened complaining, and unmanageable behavior are all symptoms of the new phrase, “Hangry.” This word blends the words Hungry and Angry. Being hangry is a perfect example of exhibited attitude that does not represent the current phase of what a person is really feeling. The root of the behavior is caused from hunger. Yet, the person in that state cannot help but react the way its body is causing it to spill over in anger. It is a similar concept with children. Children often do…

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Autistic Self Advocacy Network

ASAN’s slogan is “nothing about us without us” which is empowering for Autistic people to not only experience, but enjoy the same opportunities as everyone by being in charge of their own lives. ASAN recently shared a letter to express the concerns that ABA is highly privileged over other therapies, making it appear as the only choice of therapy for children on the autism spectrum.   At times it can be difficult to make a decision on what kind of therapy a child on the autism spectrum should receive. Each individual has…

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