Personal Perspective

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...
Self Advocacy is Hard

Self-Advocacy: Like Speaking a Foreign Language

“Use your words” and “Ask, and you will receive” are phrases I heard a lot during my childhood. Back when I was younger, I thought this meant to stop being so shy and well,...

Discover Calm: Build a Self-Regulation Tool Box

In my article, What in the World is Self-Regulation? Self-Regulation and Me!, I talked about self-regulation. This month I would like to provide more strategies for self-regulation, because I feel that it is a...
bullying

What Threatens Kid’s Emotional Health?

"We will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." - Martin Luther King, Jr. When asked the question: "What threatens your safety and emotional health?" most kids say, teasing and bullying...
Autism Arguments

Be Unapologetically You

A few months ago, I wrote "What It Means to be Different".  I have been thanked multiple times for my honesty. If you haven't read it and want the CliffNotes version - despite the...
Unwanted Gifts - Behavior

Help Children Graciously Accept Disappointing Gifts

It happens quite often, a child wants a cool new game and ends up getting a pair of socks. If this is your child, especially your child with isms, how might you handle it without...
Mail - Independence

Learning Independence – Personal Perspective

Learning to become independent is a very important skill for all people, but can sometimes be an even more complicated skill for individuals with special-isms. The one thing to remember is not to compare...
Fashion Sensory Style

Comfortably Fashion Forward

I can’t believe it’s nearly halfway through the semester: midterms are over, the weather is getting cooler, and the holiday season is right around the corner! The changes in weather and upcoming holidays lead up...
siblings

Tips for Siblings of a Child with Isms

Being a sibling to someone with Special-Ism's can be a challenge at times. I have Autism, and have a sister. I am sure being my sister is not always an easy task. But my...

What Does it Mean to be “Different”?

Many of you probably know that I am an openly high-functioning autistic college student, and I am very proud of identifying with this. I am open because I want to make a difference and...