Joanna Keating-Velasco

5 Holiday Visit Tips for Your Sensory Child

The end of the year provides many opportunities for holiday celebrations and gatherings. Although many of us would like to join in on the festivities and raise a glass to the New Year, these...
Therapeutic Holiday Gift Giving

35 Holiday Gift Ideas for Therapeutic Play

The holiday season is here in full swing.  With the holidays quickly approaching, it may be hard to figure out an appropriate gift to give to children impacted by various isms.  Consider giving a...

Chores – They Do a Child a World of Good

I have spent more than 15 years working specifically in an Adult Transition program.  From those years of experience, I can advise to get started as early as possible assigning chores which is basically...

Generate Acceptance on Autism Awareness Day

Going on eight years ago, Special-Ism began as a small personal blog entitled, Our Journey Thru Autism. About five years ago, the name changed to Special-Ism to cover a wider range of isms –...

Prepare Kids to Express their Opinion

Some of the adult students I work with have not learned that they are entitled to an opinion.  Some do not realize that they can say "No, thanks" to something that are not interested...
Football - Superbowl

Super Bowl Sensory Snack Sensations

Whether you are an NFL football fan or not, pretty much everyone realizes when the NFL Super Bowl championship game is played. TV commercials and grocery store displays shout out this information in one...

Simple Ways to Turn Passions into Lessons

We all have hobbies or interests and sometimes those hobbies become passions depending on how extreme we take them.  In my job working with students with special needs, I am especially drawn to those...
Pumpkins

Sensory Fun and Learning with Pumpkins

Kids with sensory challenges experience the world in a unique way.    Whether kids feel uncomfortable with touching sticky stuff, are grossed out by experiencing new textures or are simply frightened by the thought...
wandering safety

10 Strategies to Safeguard Your Wandering Child for Back-To-School

Watching the news, I have noticed a very dangerous trend among the autism community - precarious situations or even death due to children wandering out of safety and into risky environments. Upon further research, I...
Father and Son

10 Roles of a Great Father

We often hear so much about the mamma bears or warrior moms involved in raising a child with various isms. From fighting for much-needed therapies to advocating on behalf of their child during the...