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8 Strategies to Create a Safe Environment during Explosive Behaviors & Risky Meltdowns

Families impacted by the behavior of children with special needs commonly deal with potentially dangerous scenarios. For some, the behaviors can quickly become aggressive and very serious. Autism, in particular, can present “meltdowns” which...
Scouting and Special Needs

How Can Scouting Help Children with Special Needs?

If you're like I was and have never been involved with scouting, you probably have the impression that scouting is all about camping and testosterone and that there is absolutely no place for children...
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Using Art To Teach Life Skills

For some kids with special needs dealing with new situations or ways of doing things can cause fear and anxiety.  Or they may get “stuck” doing something the same way but become frustrated because...

Finding Your Child’s Voice: How to Raise a Safe, Independent Adult

Every four years, November transforms into a month dedicated to democracy. On Election Day, citizens across the United States of America head to the polls. We cut time out of our busy schedules to...

Importance of Relationship and Engagement

It’s the New Year and everyone is trying to set their New Year’s Resolution and try to figure out how to stick with it. They are also trying to recover from the holidays and...

The Other Social Skill: Saying Good-Bye and its Role in Maintaining Relationships

I recently completed a social skills program with Chris, my 11 year-old son, geared toward teaching kids with autism and other social processing deficits the basic pragmatics of engaging in social contact with other...
Community Life Skills

Build Community Integration Skills

Most of us in the field of autism agree that community integration is important. Whether you’re a parent, a clinician, or an individual on the autism spectrum, being a part of your community means being...

Getting the Hang of Social Timing, Part 2

Social interactions and conversations have rhythm and flow.  Just like a beloved melody or a good joke, timing is everything.  And yet, for some kids, this is just another one of those social nuances...
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Social Skills Groups 101

As interest in social skills development has increased, so has the understanding that some children have more difficulty than others decoding the various social cues that many of us take for granted.  We have...

The Family Garden – A Harvest of Creativity, Benefits and Good Times!

It's that time of year in our family, where there is excitement over crocus popping through the earth, song birds returning, and seed packets being sifted through. Since I was a little girl, my family...