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 […]

Five Strategies to Avoid Meltdowns and Tantrums


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 […]

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month #BHSM

Identify the Signs

This year’s #BHSM theme is “Communication Disorders are Treatable” and the awareness efforts have taken flight all over the web highlighting a new topic each week, including: Newborn hearing screening and follow up Noise-induced hearing loss in children Communication issues related to autism – Language and literacy – coming soon The “Identify the Signs” campaign […]

Speech and Language Therapy for Teens

That's Life Social Language

According to The Autism Sourcebook written by Karen Siff Exkorn, “Speech and language therapy helps a child to communicate more effectively both verbally and nonverbally, using words and/or body language.” I am grateful that the public school system provided speech and language therapy for my son, JJ, for 15 years. During his early intervention years […]

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