Make Social Learning Stick: New Friends, New School Year

social learning

A new school year usually means new teachers, new classmates, and new friendships. For most children, making and keeping friends is essential to building confidence and having a sense of well-being at school. Although the connections happen at school, there is a lot that can be done to facilitate awareness, knowledge, and growth behind the […]

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

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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 noticed that wandering is a common tendency with individuals with a variety of special needs. Whether a child is overwhelmed […]

Is Your Child a “Class Clown” to Gain Acceptance?

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We all want to be accepted and to have friends,  particularly at school but sometimes kids with special-isms are so socially different that they stand out from their classmates.  Standing out makes it much harder to find acceptance among their peers. One method that these kids use to convert unwanted attention into acceptance is comedy. […]

Teens and a New Arrival – 11 Ways to Help with Intrusive Thoughts, Part 2

family collusion

In the first part of this three part series, you met Laura and Bradley – two teens who began experiencing intrusive thoughts with the welcoming of a new arrival into their families. You learned about the trials Laura was experiencing. You got a glimpse of the struggles that were befalling Bradley. We clearly recognized that […]

Thinking About Medication for your Child? An ABA Approach to Med Management

Medications- ABA Therapy

Let me preface this article with two disclaimers. The first is that I am not a medical doctor. I am not the person to give advice on specific pharmacological treatments. The second is that I am not anti-medication. I know from direct experience that pharmacological interventions can be life-changing and — literally — life-saving for […]

Teens and a New Arrival – 11 Ways to Help with Intrusive Thoughts

Stroller - Intrusive Thoughts

This is the opening article of a three part series examining intrusive thoughts that may occur when a new baby enters the family.  Part two of this series will discuss solutions to help keep intrusive thoughts at bay. In this series, we will meet Laura and Bradley, both teens who begin to experience the challenges […]

“Probability Goals” Keep your Perfectionist Child from Giving Up

sports -perfectionist

You may not think of your child as a “perfectionist”, after all, he may have a terribly untidy room or he may take little care in his writing when doing homework but perfectionist children aren’t necessarily “perfect in every way”. Sometimes perfection-ism only affects a small part of their lives.  In any case, there are […]

Inspirational Triumph over Tourette Syndrome – Tim Howard

Tim Howard - Tourette Syndrome

Since the beginning of the 2014 FIFA World Cup on the 12th of June, we have sat on the edge of our seats rooting to the United States. Today the USA plays Germany and we are ever so hopeful for a win. I fell in love with the game of soccer 18 years ago when […]

Teaching “No Means No”

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The older of our two autistic sons has been dealing with a bully in his first grade class. His third bully in as many years. We have been working with him on being assertive with people treating him in unwanted ways. He’s come far in that respect, but still has trouble matching his facial expression […]

We Celebrate Dads! 10 Roles of a Great Father

Father and Son

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 many IEP’s that their children require, mothers are frequently in the spotlight and recognized. What’s sometimes not highlighted are the thousands […]

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