Personal Perspective

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...
behavior

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...

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...

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...
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...