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 […]

Taking a Break, Giving Breaks…Respite Care

Take Care of Yourself

The summer is in full swing and that means that children have been home 24/7. As caregivers, it is important to be sure to take a break OFTEN enough to maintain a healthy balance between caregiving and personal needs. Many times, people want to help, but they don’t know what to do that will help. […]

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Lessons from A Tragedy: The Death of Alex Spourdalakis

Alex Spourdalakis

My heart broke when I read the tragic story of Alex Spourdalakis, the fourteen-year-old child with autism and severe behavioural challenges killed by his mother and godmother as part of a murder/double-suicide pact (Zennie, M.). The two women survived the suicide attempt after being discovered by authorities who were contacted after Alex’s dad tried repeatedly […]

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Shift Your Focus During a Tantrum: God Spoke to Me

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It was a beautiful day as I cheerily loaded my kids in the car to take my youngest son, Jake, to Occupational Therapy.  He eagerly climbed his 7-year-old body into his car seat.  Jake LOVED to “go see Amy,” his therapist,  because there is an indoor gym area, lots of fun swings and large motor […]

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Adjust Expectations and Retain Hope when Getting a Diagnosis

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When I was a parent new to an autism diagnosis, I went through a lot of different emotions. Some of them were useful, and some of them were not. Among the useful ones were relief: at least I knew what it was, why he had missed every infant milestone, why he didn’t speak much. Then […]

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Taking Care of You…Avoiding Caregiver Burnout

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Caregiver Stress Syndrome (CSS) is a syndrome found in caregivers involving pathological, morbid changes in physiological and psychological function. This syndrome can be the result of acute or chronic stress, directly as a result of caregiving activities. The Reality of Caregiver Burnout Caregiver burnout and fatigue are very real.  Many parents struggle through this overwhelming […]

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Parents, Put a Plan in Place to Deal with Your Isolation

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Isolation or the perception of feeling isolated is common with parents of children with special needs. “I feel so alone” has probably been thought or said out loud millions of times just in the last week. But when I looked up the definition of the word isolation, what I found was this: the act of […]

Being a Friend to a Special Need Parent

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It’s Friendship Month, and I wanted to spend some thought on a place that’s near and dear to my heart: how to be a friend to the parent of a child with special needs. Special needs encompasses a lot of different issues, like autism, mental illness, and ADHD. Parents of kids with a particular special […]

Honoring Therapeutic Commitments

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With the plethora of therapies available to the special needs community, there is a natural tendency to want to try something, anything from hyperbaric chambers to measuring herbs, hoping it works (depending on what outcome you are after).  I have seen parents try one thing after another, without slowing down, without investing enough time, hoping […]

What Did You Accomplish This Year?

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It is the time of year that we analyze what we have done in the past year. While most of us tend to think about what we haven’t done, I know that you dear reader are thinking about what you HAVE done, right? You’re considering what you’re grateful for, what you’ve accomplished that you never […]

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