New School Year Reminder Notice: The Assumption Trap can be hard to escape

writing assignments

As the summer days come to an end, we are all thinking about the start to another school year. Parents are doing back to school shopping, talking with their children about the new school year, and starting to stress over having a brand new teacher and new expectations of a higher grade. Teachers are feeling […]

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 […]

Prevent Social Skills from Backsliding

Social Cognition

Ah, those lazy days of summer! What kid doesn’t look forward to the end of the school year? While summer offers a much deserved break from the structure and pressures of the classroom, the summer months can also be a difficult time for kids who struggle with social skills. Sure there will be some relief […]

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 […]

Cures for Summertime Boredom

Story Time - Social Skills

Does your child ever come to you and say, “I’m so bored”? It is totally understandable. School is out, and routines have been disrupted. When kids complain about boredom, take the initiative to use this extra time during the summer to stimulate your child’s social and emotional development. Here are a few activities designed to […]

Transitioning to Adulthood: Prepping for College

Freshman Survival Guide for College Students with Autism

Hi everyone!! I hope you have been enjoying your summer so far! First off to start: I have some super great news for you all! My new book, “A Freshman Survival Guide for College Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders: The Stuff Nobody Tells You About” is officially available! I could not be more excited to […]

Foundation for Successful Social Skills Groups for Teens

social skills - teenagers

In our practice, we run multiple teen groups on a regular and consistent basis.  Our groups have been successful for our community and I am often asked questions from prospective clients or fellow professionals — “How exactly do you run your social skills groups?” Many often ask how many weeks we offer in a group […]

A New Kind of Networking – Start with Social Skills

community jobs

We’ve all heard that it’s “who you know” or “networking” that helps the majority of people obtain a job. While experience, resumes and education are important in obtaining employment, word of mouth is the best way to find a job. Networking is about interacting with people through socializing. For those with special challenges, networking can […]

Teaching “No Means No”


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 […]

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 […]

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