Personal Perspective

New School Year: Ready or Not, Here We Come!

Summer has been full of fun, relaxation, and swimming. But now all this is about to change as summer is coming to an end. Back-to-school ads started back in July, a sign that the...

Special Objects: To Carry Or Not To Carry?

Does your loved one with various isms have comfort or special objects that they like to carry around? I have carried various items with me for as long as I can remember. When I...
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Autism is a Reason for Behaviors, Not an Excuse

Autism, while it is so much a part of me, it can also make some things harder. The same may be true for the children and adults that you work with who have various...

The Five Point Scale – It’s Impact on Self-Regulation

As an individual on the spectrum, I love using The Five Point Scale for self-regulation. I have used it numerous times, in many different situations. One aspect I love about The Five Point Scale...

Learn How to Cope with Change

As an individual with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), I like structure and predictability. I enjoy knowing what is going to happen, first, next, and last. Not only do I like knowing what is...
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...

Thanksgiving at Home? Prepare in Advance

Thanksgiving, in most homes, is usually an extended family event. This means there will be a lot of people, some new faces, and tons of noise. There will be new people shouting at each...

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...
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Tips for a Fun, Comfortable and Safe Halloween

Halloween is a great holiday because kids love dressing up and eating the candy, BUT, all that goes with it was not so great for me as a kid. I could have certainly lived...