Perspectives

Dogs Who Teach Social Skills

I've met some pretty amazing dogs in my life and we have one in our family. His name is Huck and he is a full-size Labradoodle. But the dogs who participate in the K-9...

Emotional Interpretation of Children with Special Needs

Parents of children with special needs and particularly parents of children on the autism spectrum, are often led to believe that their child has "no emotions or no empathy". Unfortunately, this is a stereotype based...

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...

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...

Overload: Managing Stimuli Overload for your Special Needs Child

Laundry day. We'd let the dirty clothes stack up for too long, with my husband and I on alternating travel schedules. When we finally got it all done, it soared in a mountain over...
class clown - attention

Is Your Child a “Class Clown” to Gain Acceptance?

We all want to be accepted and to have friends,  particularly at school but sometimes kids with special-isms are so socially different that they stand out from their classmates.  Standing out makes it much...

Using Visual Aids to Take Advantage of Your Child’s Visual Learning Style

Every child with invisible special needs is different. For some, listening, reading and writing develop naturally and to a high level but for others, these things are a struggle. Some children learn best by seeing...
Autism Arguments

Be Unapologetically You

A few months ago, I wrote "What It Means to be Different".  I have been thanked multiple times for my honesty. If you haven't read it and want the CliffNotes version - despite the...
When Parent's Disagree

When Parents Disagree – Focus on Treatment

Imagine this scenario >> Your child has fallen off her bike and after the fall, her finger is sticking out at an odd angle.  You take her to the hospital where the doctor shows you x-rays...