Ymkje Wideman

Ymkje Wideman-van der Laan is an author and public speaker. In 2006, she assumed the care of her 6-month old grandson, Logan. There were signs of autism at an early age, and the diagnosis became official in 2009. She has been his advocate and passionate about promoting autism awareness ever since. Logan is the inspiration behind Autism Is...? and the other children’s books she wrote for him. She currently offers a series of training workshops on the different aspects of autism.

SUMMER IS HERE!

Summer is here and many of our children are home from school, or will be soon once summer school ends. The transition from school to home can be difficult for autistic children. One of the things that can help is to create a visual summer schedule and calendar, and plan ahead with things your child …

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SENSORY ISSUES

It finally made sense “I have been talking and writing about sensory problems for over 20 years, and am still perplexed by many people who do not acknowledge sensory issues and the pain and discomfort they can cause. A person doesn’t have to be on the autism spectrum to be affected by sensory issues.” –Dr. …

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PREPARING FOR SUMMER VACATION

The school year is almost over, and summer vacation is about to start. This is a big change for any child, but for an autistic child this big variation from his daily routine can be especially upsetting. It can also be a challenge for us, parents and caregivers, as we will have to come up …

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WHY I WROTE “DANGER IS…?”

When browsing the news one day, my heart shortly stopped when I saw the headline, “The Dangers of Wandering Kids: Autism Community Mourns Three Drowning Deaths in One Week.” After describing these heartbreaking incidents, the article called for more attention and research into what causes children with autism to wander or elope. I agree with …

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AS A TEAM WE DO IT BETTER!

The importance of good communication between parents and educators While picking up my grandson from his after-school social skills program the other day, I struck up a conversation with a mom of a young boy I know from another program he attended. I asked her how he was doing, and if he liked his new …

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ALWAYS PRESUME COMPETENCE!

At the end of the year, I wrote in my year-end review that I believed a non-verbal, 7-year-old student I work with would acquire verbal skills in the coming year. Just recently, after practicing the “m” sound with him for over a year, he suddenly mastered it. Building on the sounds he already makes, I had pointed out …

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“FRIENDS ARE…?” IS HERE!

My grandson has been very fortunate in attending an excellent after-school program, which focuses specifically on social skills. Still, putting what he learns into practice with his peers and friends does not come naturally to him. One day, after a particularly rough day, he asked me if I could please write another book for him. …

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