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 […]

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

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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 […]

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 […]

Are We Ever Truly “Independent”?

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My job, for the past fourteen years, has sometimes been called “Independence Facilitator” as well as Instructional Aide. Working with students who are diagnosed with severe autism, I used to think that this title was unattainable for many students knowing that they would never be living on their own. Now that I work in an […]

7 Micro-Business Ideas to Help Transition into Adulthood

dog walking business

Statistics reveal a growing number of Americans aging out of Adult Transition Programs in local school districts creating an avalanche of ill-prepared individuals seeking suitable “post-school district” programs or opportunities.  Some statistics show that 90% of adults on the autism spectrum are unemployed which is an astounding figure. Many schools are unsure how to properly […]

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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6 Tips to Prepare Now for Transition to Adulthood

adult transitions

Many times when we ring in a new year, we make resolutions. We start new diets, exercise regularly, read more, etc. and “resolve” to due better in these areas of our life. Although statistics confirm that the majority of resolutions are broken rather quickly, it’s still important to make an effort to consider some positive […]

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Social Skills Groups – 5 and 6 year-olds

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This is the third post in a series designed to discuss social cognition groups for children aged 3-8. The first, titled Social Skills Groups 101 by Karen Head M.S. CCC-SLP shared the fundamental components of successful social skills groups (from our perspective). The sequential post highlighted groups for 3 and 4 year olds  as well […]

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