Parenting

Self-Care: Ideas to Carve Out “Me” Time

As parents of a child or children with various isms, you spend lots of time focused on their needs. Therapy appointments, school appointments, doctor’s appointments, etc. are just a few examples you know all...

Anxiety: 5 Resources to Find a Therapist

You notice that your child appears to be crabbier and more irritable.  She has removed herself from family and even friends.  She is sleeping more than her normal.  She may be reporting more headaches...

Summer Travel with the Sensory Defensive Child

Some children have nervous systems that are easily overwhelmed. They may demonstrate sensory defensiveness and/or poor sensory regulation/modulation. As a result, careful planning is needed to make summer travel plans successful. Establish Familiar Routines Children...

Raise Safety Awareness in Your Community

Years ago, at a board meeting of the California State Council for Developmental Disabilities, I was introduced to an organization that advocates and trains for the safety of those with disabilities and the people...

Summer: Perfect Time to Develop Social & Self-Help Skills

Summer is right around the corner! Kids will be home from school, sleeping in late, and procrastinating on any assigned summer reading.  When I was in middle school, summer had to be “productive”.  For...

Boost Self-Esteem – Eliminate the Label

Have you noticed that special needs diagnoses have negative terms like deficit, hyperactive, pervasive, disorder, and syndrome? Would having these terms used to describe you help or hinder your self-esteem? How do you think...

10 Ways to Curb the Runner

My son, who has been unofficially diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder and officially diagnosed with ADHD, is a runner.  At times, he finds it a challenge to control his impulses. This difficulty, coupled with...
behavior

Autism is a Reason for Behaviors, Not an Excuse

Autism, while it is so much a part of me, it can also make some things harder. The same may be true for the children and adults that you work with who have various...
selecting a summer camp special needs

Summer Camp: Match to Your Child’s Temperament

Every spring parents ask us to recommend a summer camp that would be appropriate for their son or daughter.  Most parents are seeking camps that embrace neurodiversity.   Every year, I tell myself I’m going...

Childhood Anxiety: Learn to Dance the Tide

"Childhood Anxiety is treatable, but 80 percent of kids with a diagnosable anxiety disorder are not getting treatment, according to the 2015 Child Mind Institute Children’s Mental Health Report.  Anxiety is a normal part of...