believe in your child (autism)

I’ve got to get out more. When we get out of our comfort zone and I talk to others, it gives me platforms to jump off. Ideas come pouring in from what I see and experience and I can’t wait to tell you all about it. However, with autism it’s difficult to leave this haven…

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why you should teach the autistic person the word NO

Are children allowed to say no? Think about a non-autistic child, are they allowed to say no? Think about the autistic child, are they allowed to say no? Usually not. They almost always have to comply. Autistic children don’t get a choice, don’t get to express how they feel, nor do they get to say no.…

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autism’s siblings: what a 7-year-old has to say about autism and her brother

After reading an article on Huffington Post titled, “My Sons Love Their Sister but Not Autism,” I decided to ask my non-autistic daughter a question. I thought Payton would have a different perspective so I asked, “Payton, do you like autism?” Payton answered, “Yes.” Then I shared with her what I’d told the nursing staff at…

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how Autism Speaks spreads awareness: it’s not what you think

*You can listen to a recording of this post, just scroll to the end. Autism Awareness Month needs some work. A large portion of awareness is propelled by Autism Speaks, but what is Autism Speaks saying about autism and what is their awareness doing? I thought I’d give you a glimpse at how Autism Awareness needs…

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when parents accept autism, the world will too

April is Autism Awareness Month and there are many autistic individuals and some autism advocate parents who would love to see that changed to Autism Acceptance Month. So as part of Autism Awareness/Acceptance Month, I want to ask what we’re doing to accept autism. Accepting autism begins in the home of the autistic person, it…

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sensory processing disorder and the classroom

Does your child sit still in class? Does the teacher complain that your child isn’t focused? Does your child come home and act like a monkey that’s been let out of its cage? Last week I was chatting with a friend whose daughter, Alexa, is having some issues in school. Not big issues, some of…

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give your autistic child ways to “talk” about the past

*Even if your child doesn’t have autism I encourage you to keep reading if you would like ways to reach your child in a deeper way. Occasionally we are given gems of knowledge that I love to pass on to those who are raising children with autism. One such gem came from Michael Emmons*, who…

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navigating IEP meetings

Autism is an ever evolving world where I frequently feel left behind. I’m thankful our autism world is evolving because I know it could remain stagnant. This is all proof that I don’t always know what I’m doing in this autism world and I’m learning, just as you are. IEPs is one of those places…

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the best sensory toys (part 2)

Two weeks ago, I started a two-part series on the best sensory toys. In that post I shared what sensory toys have been the most helpful to us, and in this post I will add more to that list and include some toys that have been recommended by others. Based on one study, around 78…

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the best sensory toys (part 1)

Does your child jump incessantly? Get irritated quickly? Chew on anything? Bite? Stim (flapping hands, waving hand in front of face) constantly? Hit themselves or others often? Spin? Bang his head? These behaviors could be indicative of sensory issues. Based on one study, around 78 percent of children with autism have Sensory Processing Disorder, as…

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