Perspectives

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...
anxiety

Detect and Deal with Anxiety

Anxiety is broadly defined as; "a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome". It's a good definition of the feeling but it really doesn't begin to explain the reasons...

Shopping Can Be More “Kid-Friendly”

One of the big news stories in Australia a while back, was about a shopping centre which had decided to "ban" badly behaved children.  It was a move which had parenting groups up in...
advocating autism diagnosis

Why We Need to Advocate Against Our Children’s Labels

One of the quieter moments in the much maligned Star Wars movie, The Phantom Menace, is the first conversation between Padme and Anakin. Listening to him talking about his past, she suddenly exclaims in...

The Journey of Acceptance and Self-Advocacy

I have always known I was different from others; ever since I was a little girl I knew that I had special needs. I knew that I went to therapy, I knew that I...
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...

Kids with Isms Can Benefit by Using Lists

My world is full of lists. I have them on my walls and whiteboards at work, on papers at home and scattered through synchronized computer systems, including my mobile phone, computer, iPad, print outs....
Self Advocacy is Hard

Self-Advocacy: Like Speaking a Foreign Language

“Use your words” and “Ask, and you will receive” are phrases I heard a lot during my childhood. Back when I was younger, I thought this meant to stop being so shy and well,...

4 Lessons I’d Share with My Younger Self over Coffee

Important Lessons... Yep. I was THAT kid. You know, the one who loved every single thing about school. From day one, I was the desk-straightener, the eraser-beater, the paper-hander-outer. I vividly remember meeting our student...

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...