Perspectives

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...

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...

Teens with Autism Finding Mentors Within Their Own Community

When on the spectrum, connecting with others with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can be incredibly supportive.  The support stems from the simple fact that we understand each other and can offer unconditional acceptance. ...

My Personal View and Tips on Transitions

Transitions can be tough for everyone, but they can be especially challenging for people with special needs. Whether the transition is from one activity to another or a break in normal routine, both can...

Redefining Success for A Special Needs Child

It took me many years to realize how successful my ADHD/Asperger's son really is. We measured Clark by the yardsticks we had been measured by. Did he make A's? Was he a good athlete?...
Emotional Hurt

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...
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...

Discipline and Kids with Special Needs

Current thinking suggests that spanking and shouting are not acceptable forms of discipline but show me a parent who has done neither and I'll show you one who has either given birth to a...
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...
iPad as a Tool

Oh, The Things You Can Do with an iPad

I remember when iPads first came out. My dad was the first one in my family to get one. I didn't want one; I felt like it was silly because I had an iPod Touch...