how to make tele-therapy work for your special needs family

When parents are told they’re switching to Teletherapy, most are reluctant, I mean, isn’t therapy all about in-person therapy? How will the therapist “work” with my child if they aren’t physical near them? And what will I do without the hour by myself sitting in a waiting room, it’s almost as good as a babysitter,…

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routine + activities: autism at home

Today I’m here to share ideas on how to create a routine with your autistic children. In this video, I share ideas for creating a routine, discuss how routine is different than a schedule, and how to meet your child’s SENSORY needs. If you missed my last video on creating peace and calm at home…

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peace + calm: at home with autism + special needs

For all of you who are stuck at home amidst the COVID-19 outbreak, I’m here with some ideas to help you and your children who have autism and other special needs. Be sure to look for my follow-up video for more useful tips.

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how will the paramedics know my child…has autism, can’t talk, has severe allergies, has a serious illness?

When you have a kiddo with autism, one who’s nonverbal or one who doesn’t have fluent language, it can be really scary at times. One of those situations I worry about occasionally is what would happen if we were in a car accident and Justin and I were hurt. What if we were so incapacitated…

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nonverbal autistic children have something to say

(This post can also be applied to nonverbal adults. In this article I refer to my son, Jeremiah. He’s six-years-old, has autism, and can’t speak, however he can make limited sounds.) We talk for them, we assume what they want. We don’t listen to the their nonverbal cues, we move on without concern for the…

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what to communicate with your child’s teacher: Autism in the classroom

Originally posted on lovin' adoptin' & autism:
School is starting soon. I think I just heard YIPEEES!!! from several of you. 🙂 Autism parents might be a tad more excited than the average parent for their child to go back to school after summer break, as that routine and consistency can make a night and…

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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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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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they can hear you

Originally posted on a diary of a mom:
? {image is a photo of me at a podium, speaking into a microphone at an Autism Speaks walk kickoff in 2010.} Yesterday, I read a post that was written a couple of months ago, but just made its way to my screen. It was written by…

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special needs: how kids accept one another

You can listen to a recording of this post by scrolling to the end. ***** Gotta love kids right? Since having a son with Autism, I’ve seen a whole new side of children I hadn’t seen before. I’ve worked with kids for years, I’ve been a teacher and a nanny, and only since watching kids…

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