Message from the Executive Director

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"Fundamental Daily LivingcThe Importance of Comfort and Reassurance"

@Guardians will seek ways of improvement first when worried about their childfs development: Slow development of language skills, strong fixations on things, difficulty learning or joining a group. Anyone can feel motivated when they hear that a certain method worked or that an ability to talk developed from certain therapy.

@In such cases, we need to pause for a second, and examine again how the child is doing every day and what kind of difficulties their guardian faces. Within daily living, there are many hints for cultivating the childfs development, but there are also many things that need to be taken care of: Housework, consideration for other family members, relationship with neighbors, etc. Therefore, even important things tend to be overlooked or underestimated.

@It could be said that it is easier for adults to realize that they were able to achieve something, when they can see some kind of result, if they use a certain method or therapy. However, be careful as there are many cases in which there may be a strain if unusual methods are introduced without enough attention paid to the childfs daily living. By confirming the points below, letfs double-check whether it will really be for the sake of the child when you take the long view, even if it seems to lead to results.

E Does the new method or therapy create a crisis in the relationship between the individual and the precious mother? For example, the mother becomes obstinate, thinking gI have to force my child to do it even though it means hardening my heart,h even though the child looks unwilling. The child pushes back at their mother and wonft listen to her. They are both stressed out and canft enjoy themselves.

E Is there a possibility that consideration and communication with other siblings or the spouse will become difficult? Does it create tension in the marriage, or does it create a situation in which a sibling has difficulty reaching out to their mother?

E Is the mother still able to feel joy or feelings of affection for the child? Do feelings of impatience, such as: gWe canft carry on like this,h or gI have to do something about this,h and increasing anger and frustration arise? Are there physical and mental irregularities such as anorexia, headaches, backaches, fatigue, insomnia, or depression?

@ In such cases, you might think about your child too much, contributing to a vicious cycle, so I recommend you consult with us. If you can talk to someone reliable; a husband, a family member, a friend or staff at the daycare or consultation center, you can sort out the difficulties you feel every day and then you might find the best solution. They might tell you that there are things that you can solve if you reevaluate your daily life, or that you shouldnft rush and it is better to take your time and see what happens, or you can find a solution or improvement if you ask for the cooperation of your family or people close to you.

@ We hope that the wishes of mothers for their child to develop well will be granted in the childfs daily life, and would like to offer you support through the shared experience of having daily communication with your child.

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