Perspectives

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...
Freshman Survival Guide for College Students with Autism

Transitioning to Adulthood: Prepping for College

Hi everyone!! I hope you have been enjoying your summer so far! First off to start: I have some super great news for you all! My new book, "A Freshman Survival Guide for College...
social skills - teenagers

Foundation for Successful Social Skills Groups for Teens

In our practice, we run multiple teen groups on a regular and consistent basis.  Our groups have been successful for our community and I am often asked questions from prospective clients or fellow professionals...
hugs

Teaching “No Means No”

The older of our two autistic sons has been dealing with a bully in his first grade class. His third bully in as many years. We have been working with him on being assertive...
Discipline Age 10

Discipline Tips for Age 10 and Up

Regardless of whether you are a believer in spanking and shouting or if you use tried and proven alternatives like time-out or food/toy bribery, there comes a time, usually not long after your child's...
playground

Meet the Needs of ALL of Your ‘Sensational’ Kids

If you have more than one ‘sensational’ kid in your house, trying to coordinate and organize each child’s sensory diet can be an overwhelming task, especially if each child’s needs are on opposite ends...

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...
working with children

5 Reasons Working with Special Needs Kids Rocks!

You will never forget the experience of working with special needs kids. I have spent many afternoons volunteering with visually impaired children and I have worked 6 years as an autism paraprofessional in the...
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...