This foster parent’s techniques for caring for a neurodiverse child may benefit children of all neurotypes!
TikToker Laura (@home parentage) is a busy foster parent and foster parent partner (someone who works with birth parents and child welfare professionals to help reunite the child (ren) with their biological family) dedicated to helping other foster parents by sharing ” practical tips and scripts’ for raising children who are neurodiverse or have suffered a trauma.
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Recently Laura shared a video on TIC Tac where she illustrates the dos and don’ts of neurodiverse and trauma-informed parenting, and viewers resonated deeply with the helpful techniques.
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the clip starts with Laura surrounded by puzzles and toys in a game room. âOkay, please clean up now,â she said. The clip comes with a demo of what not to do in the form of a red highlighted caption that says “Do not give complex tasks” flashing on the screen.
Laura interprets the best strategy in the following shot. “Please put the blocks in the white bin â, she instructs, pointing to the blocks then the bin, specifically, concretely and directly according to the green legend on the screen.
Next, Laura stresses the importance of sticking to a schedule and not changing the routine, noting that this may require certain compromises, such as leaving a spot earlier than expected.
When sticking to a schedule, Laura also mentions that using visuals and playful transitions can help. “Alright, now that we are residence, it’s time for a bath, books, then bedtime. Can we walk like robots in the bathroom? âshe asks using robot hand gestures.
Laura also models the importance of using multi-sensory learning techniques, such as asking a child what are the three âbig, bigger and biggerâ clay balls.
Last but not least, Laura shows how to deal with meltdowns by allowing emotional resets. Allowing the child to calm down will make discussing coping strategies with him more effective.
Laura’s video was not only extremely helpful for viewers, but it also hit a emotional OK.
âI’m crying. Clear, concise instructions on how to clean up would have avoided so much conflict in my childhood,â one user shared.
âI want to cry. It’s so calming to watch. Thank you,â said one grateful viewer.
“I am not neurodivergent, but gosh, if my mom did that, my life would be so much easier. Vague instructions literally make me cry, âone user said.
It is clear from the comments that these parenting techniques can be beneficial for people, regardless of their neurotype. Or, as one viewer put it, âIt helps all the kids! “
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