Holidays

Helping a Child with Autism Honor Mom on Mother’s Day

May brings extra stress to a child with autism because Mother’s Day can actually be a challenge.  One year, I forgot to write a card or make something special for my mom and I...
Halloween Classroom

Spooktacular Moments – Home & Classroom Halloween Tips

For some families, Halloween can be a joy and a struggle for various reasons. Yet, it can also be a great time to be creative and connect with our children in ways that are...
Unwanted Gifts - Behavior

Help Children Graciously Accept Disappointing Gifts

It happens quite often, a child wants a cool new game and ends up getting a pair of socks. If this is your child, especially your child with isms, how might you handle it without...

Six Tips for Capturing Santa Photos with Your Kids

I don’t come from one of those families that had a picture taken every single year, fail none, on Santa’s lap. My family had other traditions for the holidays and Santa’s lap did not...

Ideas to Start Your Own Halloween Tradition

There are two times in the year where we put an extreme amount of pressure on our children to get fully consumed in the moment, enjoy the festivities and go with the flow: Christmas...

Managing Expectations and Reactions During Visits and Gift Exchange

There are several occasions when we are expected to give and receive gifts, with Christmas being one of the most obvious. At these times, often parents and children are judged for their "poor" child...
Thanksgiving Dinner

Prepare Kids with Isms for Holiday Dining

Imagine being a school-age child with sensory sensitivities and food allergies. It’s probably pretty difficult to navigate an ordinary day full of classroom and hallway noise, the smells of the cafeteria, the shouts and...
assigning chores

Resolutions and Goals for Kids with Isms

Well, another year has gone by and a new one begins. Doesn’t time fly? The beginning of the New Year is a time for us to review what we’ve learned in the past year and...
Halloween Sensory

Sensory Tips for a Happy Halloween

Itchy costumes, greasy face paint, strangers in masks, constant social interactions, scary music and black lights on porches… Halloween can be a short road to SENSORY OVERLOAD!  But there are some things you can...
Thanksgiving Tips

Thanksgiving and Isms? 5 Last Minute Tips

Happy Thanksgiving! Or is it? As usual, the holiday season is coming upon us very fast.  With the holiday rush comes extra stress in the household. Moms and dads are busy with the regular routine...