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,...
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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...

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...

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

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...

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...
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Inspire Kids – Discover Which Presidents had Isms

People who celebrate President's Day this week with mattress sales and marathons may miss out on a great opportunity to inspire a love of history in children with various isms. How to inspire? By showing children...
ABA Tutor

Hire the Ideal ABA Tutor – Eliminate Barriers to Success

Is your child getting what they need from their ABA therapy?  Do you find yourself with a new tutor every couple of months? Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) is the science of human behavior.  ABA is...

One Mom’s Experience with Advocacy

Since I started my blog at Special-Ism, I have covered many topics. I have worn my heart on my sleeve and opened up to the world about some very personal experiences. Our latest challenge...