Happy New Year! What are your plans for today? I hope that they involve friends and family, good food, reflecting onto the old year – both the good and the bad – and looking forward to the new one.
It’s popular around this time of year to start making resolutions: Eat healthier, lose more weight, exercise more, spend time with family. These goals are great, but we all know that they tend to take the backseat, especially when life happens. And every year, life just seems to happen. We get busy with work, our autistic child seems to not be improving as quickly as we had hoped, our kids get in trouble at school, our car breaks down. The list goes on, and our resolutions are never completed.
So, I propose that we make it our new year’s resolution to simply act. This year, I want to throw away the “wait-and-see” approach and start making steps towards the “act now” approach. That way, our other goals can also be accomplished. No more setting things aside for another day. No more waiting to see what happens.
Of course, I’m not saying rush into situations or to act rashly. By all means, make a pro-and-con list and do your research. When it comes to your child’s particular challenges, make sure you’ve covered all the bases. Make a list of his or her symptoms and see which treatment or program matches his or her needs the best. Remember, you have to be able to maintain any brain training programs in order to see significant and permanent changes.
Back in October, I talked about the academic gap, and how a 2011 study by the American Education Research Association presented that “a student who can’t read on grade level by 3rd grade is four times less likely to graduate by the age of 19 than a child who does read proficiently by that time.”
The academic gap can only widen and worsen. That’s why it’s so important to act now! Let’s make this year the year you do something about your child, whether he or she needs a new program or a tweak in the present one. The longer you wait, the worse the symptoms can become down the road. That alone should be enough for action! Already started on a program? Let’s make a commitment for your child to complete his or her training this year!
Here’s to 2016, everyone. Together, let’s make it a good one!