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 […]

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 […]

Five Strategies to Avoid Meltdowns and Tantrums

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We’ve all “been there done that” in the epicenter of a major behavioral meltdown or a terrible temper tantrum out in public. Whether “we” are the audience or actually part of the “performance,” these explosive behaviors can be both embarrassing and physically dangerous for those involved. The best approach for dealing with meltdowns or tantrums […]

Parents: Are you Sensory Defensive with a Sensory Seeking Child?

Parental Sensory Overwhelm

We often work with families where there is a significant mismatch between one or both parents and their child. Understanding not only how their child experiences the world, but also how they do is the first step towards creating a more harmonious home life for everyone. Are You Sensitive and/or a Significant Introvert? Do loud […]

From Fish to Dogs – Selecting a Therapeutic Pet

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I know a lot of parents of children with various isms who refuse to get a pet because they’re worried that their child will harm it or that it will take too much effort to care for a pet.  Unenlightened, they seem to feel that pets could be a bad thing.  Pets are one of […]

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Three Simple Ways to Make a Weighted Blanket

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“It’s 11 pm and you’ve gone into your child’s room for the 5th time. You stay calm, you rub his back AGAIN, tell him to look at the stars painted on the ceiling and to just try to sleep. After nights of yelling, punishing, bribing and begging you realize in your frustration that he is […]

A Quest toward Forgiveness, a New Year’s Resolution

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“To err is human; to forgive, divine.” – Alexander Pope With each New Year, my resolutions are usually focused on trying something new or on some type of character-building quest. One of my resolutions in years past was to learn more about the act of “forgiveness” as I am admittedly challenged. It isn’t easy for […]

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Calm Your Child’s ‘Sensational’ Brain For Sleep

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A common complaint for many caregivers of children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is sleeping issues. Since we brought our daughter, Jaimie home from the hospital, she has had trouble with sleeping. For her, it’s a combination of a few factors: she isn’t able to tune out noises around her and she is not capable […]

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Holidays Without Stress: How to Make the Holidays Work for Your Family

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We’re not that different from Pavlov’s dogs, who famously drooled at the sound of a bell that had been associated with food. Triggers in our environment cue us to engage in certain behaviours. This is why you catch a glimpse of tinsel or hear holiday music piped in over the PR system, and you’re suddenly […]

Homeopathy for Influenza

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Homeopathy has a great record for helping people recover from influenza infections. The easiest homeopathic remedy to use for influenza is Oscillococcinum which is specific for treating influenza and may be used by anyone age two years and up. It is a homeopathic medicine made from the livers of wild ducks that is widely available […]

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