Holidays

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,...
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...

Celebrate Holidays and Vacations with Success

I hope everyone has a safe and Happy 4th of July!  Certainly want to thank all those who have served the USA and realize that freedom isn't free! As I was contemplating on what to...
Mother's Day Chloe Rothschild

A Mother’s Day Letter to Moms of Kids with Isms

I want to dedicate this letter to my mom and both of my grandmas for this and all future Mother's Day.  I love you all so much, and could not do everything that I...
Mother's Day special needs

Happy Mother’s Day To All Mothers Reaching That "Unreachable" Star

Special-Ism honors special needs mothers around the world with a standing ovation.  We all dream what seems to be an impossible dream.  We all fight what seems to be an unbeatable foe.  We bear...

Taming the Grinch In Your House

While reading The Grinch (who) Stole Christmas one night, My son on my lap, and the tree, all a-light, I pondered the Grinch at holiday time, Hating the noise, the singing, the standing in line. The Dr. (Seuss)...

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...

Alternative Gifts for Your Anxious Child

Most children who struggle with anxious feelings are extremely sensitive to the overstimulating sights and sounds of the holidays. When they are continually challenged by these incredibly real feelings of panic and fear their...

December Dilemma – To Travel or Not To Travel

The holiday season is supposed to be full of joy and excitement. We are supposed to look forward to visits from family and friends or to travel to see them. However, when you have...

Sensory Friendly Holiday Celebrations

Imagine Have you ever sat in your backyard, on a park bench, on a mountaintop, or at the beach enjoying peace and quiet? Do you remember the sounds? Have you tried doing this recently? Have you...