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...
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...
teen - life skills

Teach Life Skills – Create Success for Independence

All parents want independence for their children. I am no different; I desired for my son with isms to live independently with success and with much dedication and effort, he is doing just that. ...
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...
Sensory Reduction

Meltdown? Reduce Sensory Input, Reduce the Intensity

Meltdowns! They're arguably the most feared events for the parents of children with isms but did you know that the child or adult with an ism fears them too? Meltdowns are short periods of...

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...
Changing Behaviors to Fit in

Change Your Child’s Behavior to Attract Less Attention?

When it comes to individuality, our culture is a mess of double-standards.  On the one hand, we encourage individuality with slogans like "Just be yourself" and "stand out in a crowd" while on the...

Happy Grandparent’s Day: A Letter to Special Grandparents

I want to start off by saying happy Grandparent's Day to all the grandparents out there! I hope you have a great day filled with fun with your grandchildren. Dear Nana and Papa, Grandma and...
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...
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...