Perspectives

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...

Activities to Keep Your Child Busy and Pass the Time During a Natural Disaster

A natural disaster can affect many individuals and leave them without power, and possibly having to evacuate their homes. A disaster is hard for anyone, especially children, and it is even harder if you...

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...
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Self Esteem: Display Confidence and Boost Confidence

There's a problem in education which I refer to as "the remedial effect" and it can greatly impact a child's self esteem. "The remedial effect" is a form of mostly unintentional discrimination which occurs when...

Let Happy Be: How to Encourage Happiness

I am sure by now most of you know that I have autism. Sometimes having autism means that I experience life and see things differently. My life is far from the typical 20-year-old, but...
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What Threatens Kid’s Emotional Health?

"We will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." - Martin Luther King, Jr. When asked the question: "What threatens your safety and emotional health?" most kids say, teasing and bullying...
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Words That Hurt and Confuse: Autism Edition

Now that we are back in school and in social settings, I thought I would address a topic I find painful - the words that hurt and confuse due to: the ignorance of autism, the lack...

Special Needs and Ignorance: Please Get To Know Me, Before You Judge Me!

As an individual who has autism, I have unfortunately came in contact with quite a few ignorant people throughout my life. People who judge me before they get to know me. People who tease...

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...

Discover Calm: Build a Self-Regulation Tool Box

In my article, What in the World is Self-Regulation? Self-Regulation and Me!, I talked about self-regulation. This month I would like to provide more strategies for self-regulation, because I feel that it is a...