Parenting

Holiday Gift Giving Ideas by the Ism

Shopping for gifts during the holidays can be overwhelming. But if you have a child with special needs, this task can be even more difficult. Your child may have a narrow range of interests,...

What Does it Mean to be “Different”?

Many of you probably know that I am an openly high-functioning autistic college student, and I am very proud of identifying with this. I am open because I want to make a difference and...

Sibling Rivalry Can Be a Positive

Part of the genetic makeup of any siblings seems to be that there is some sort of rivalry between them. I have a brother, and we were competitive when we were living in the...

Vision Boards – Creative Goal Setting with Kids

The kids are off to school soon and a new year is upon us. What to do now that the presents are all opened? How about making a vision board with your kids? A...
developmental delays

What Your Child’s Pediatrician May Be Missing!

Early detection of a developmental delay is an art. Small children don’t always respond on command.  Pediatricians do the best job they can in the limited time they have with patients, but getting a detailed assessment...

Tinsel Time: 5 Sensory Activities

The holiday season is upon us, and soon, leftover tinsel will be sold at deep discounts.  You know tinsel, that stringy, messy, silvery stuff that some toss onto their Christmas trees to create more...
wandering safety

10 Strategies to Safeguard Your Wandering Child for Back-To-School

Watching the news, I have noticed a very dangerous trend among the autism community - precarious situations or even death due to children wandering out of safety and into risky environments. Upon further research, I...

Two Stress Reducing Ideas for Home and School

Jaylen has always been a little obsessive compulsive, and strong willed to say the least.  Along with those stressors comes some extreme anxiety.  It seems to come and go in waves, sometimes when least...

The Summer Vacation – Tips for Success

Ah, summer.  Sunny skies, balmy breezes, green grass, and that age-old tradition, the family vacation.  Every year families around the world pilgrimage to fun-filled destinations and distant relatives to enjoy quality time together.  The...

Tick-Tock Breath: Teach Special Needs Children to Modulate Moods

The nervous system is the control center of our body and mind. Children who have Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and Autism Spectrum  Disorder (ASD) may already be experiencing “interference” or “overload” at the level...