Stress Reducers

Festivity of Foods: Not for Kids with Anxious Moods

For many kids with anxious moods, holiday meals are nothing to celebrate.  Let's explore the anxious moods of Maddie, Anthony and Patty.  Discover tips and ideas to reduce or eliminate a child's anxiety around...

5 Holiday Visit Tips for Your Sensory Child

The end of the year provides many opportunities for holiday celebrations and gatherings. Although many of us would like to join in on the festivities and raise a glass to the New Year, these...

What is “Stimming” and Why is it Important?

Does your child frequently rock, bob their knee, make annoying humming noises, squint or smell strange things that he shouldn't?  These behaviours are forms of sensory stimulation or otherwise referred to as  stimming and...

Reduce Anxiety with Realistic Thinking & Other Tools

Anxiety, also called angst or worry, is a psychological and physiological state characterized by somatic, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral components.  Anxiety can create feelings of fear, worry, uneasiness, and dread. Anxiety is considered to be a normal reaction to a stressor.  When anxiety becomes excessive, it...

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...
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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...

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...

The Five Point Scale – It’s Impact on Self-Regulation

As an individual on the spectrum, I love using The Five Point Scale for self-regulation. I have used it numerous times, in many different situations. One aspect I love about The Five Point Scale...

Learn How to Cope with Change

As an individual with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), I like structure and predictability. I enjoy knowing what is going to happen, first, next, and last. Not only do I like knowing what is...

Prevent Holiday Meltdowns for You and Your Child

Holiday gatherings have led to some of the most humungous meltdowns we’ve experienced with my youngest son Jake, who is diagnosed on the severe end of the autism spectrum.  I can’t say I haven’t...