“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 […]

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 […]

Oh, The Places You’ll Go! Building Community Integration Skills in Kids with Autism, Part 2

Library community integration

You know you want your child to be a part of his community. If you read my last article, you know that being a part of the community is something you have to teach. You also know how important it is to get started on teaching it right away. I promised last time I’d share […]

Inside, Outside and On the Go – 30 Ways to have a FUN-Structured Summer for Free or Next to Nothing

Summer Activities

Many people count the days until summer vacation, but for families affected by various isms, summer can bring hours of unstructured downtime leading to an increase in behavioral challenges. School routines disappear, therapy hours are reduced, respite care hours dwindle and families face days without routine and consistency that many children with isms thrive on. […]

Just Do It! Build Community Integration Skills in Kids with Autism

Community Life Skills

Most of us in the field of autism agree that community integration is important. Whether you’re a parent, a clinician, or an individual on the autism spectrum, being a part of your community means being a valued and contributing member of society. Being recognized and appreciated for your gifts, whatever they might be, is important […]

Vacation Planning? Air Travel Made Easier

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Gone are the days of the splendor of air travel. The style, the glamour and the “fun” of air travel glory days are long gone and replaced by cumbersome (but necessary) TSA security checkpoints, long lines, carry-on meals and baggage fees. Flying is no longer the luxurious experience that my grandparents experienced by getting dressed […]

Mardi Gras Craft Ideas Fit for A King or Queen

Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras is a French phrase for Fat Tuesday, more formally known as Shrove Tuesday. This is the holiday to celebrate and eat like a glutton because the following day is Ash Wednesday, marking the beginning of Lent. During Lent, Christians give up something they enjoy (usually a favorite food) for 40 days leading up […]

5 Ways to Win Your Kids Heart on Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Fun

Valentine’s Day might evoke enjoyable past memories of exchanging Valentine’s cards with loved ones, playing party games and enjoying delicious food. However, for some, simply the idea of any special holiday can conjure up memories of anxious social situations, sensory nightmares and unsavory unfamiliar foods. I think it’s time to “take back” this holiday! Start […]

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Superbowl Sensory Snack Sensations

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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 way or another.  You and your children can have some sensory and fine motor fun while learning valuable life skills. This […]

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