Emotions

Stuck, Stubborn & Always Right? Change Patterns of Rigid Thinking

Rigid thinking can create conflict, struggle with transitions and anxiety.  Let's take a look at three children struggling with rigid thinking. Bobby screams if daddy makes scrambled eggs instead of mommy. For some children with...
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Pause the ADHD Outburst

Here you are in that moment where you have scolded your child for doing something unsafe or for disobeying a rule.  Maybe the result of a denied request is an impulsive, angry tantrum put...
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A Special Interest: An Obsession or a Tool?

We all have things that we love to think and talk about.  For example, Chris enjoys to talk about his love for Disney World and Wine.  Ok, they are two very different things but...
Empathy

Teach Empathy – a Tool for Social Success

According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, the meaning of empathy is "the experiencing as one's own of the feelings of another". Empathy is a great tool to have in your toolbox for success. When I taught...

Begin to Teach Feelings Using 3 Basic Tips

A couple of years ago, I sat crying on the sofa with my trusty lab draped across my lap. I can only tell you that I felt extremely elated and somewhat sad because my...
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How do I Build Self-Confidence in My Child?

Self-Confidence is crucial for the emotional development of children. Self- Confidence is what helps them follow thru on tasks despite ups and downs and accomplish goals at home, in school and other activities. It...

Emotional IQ, Empathy, Compassion: What Do They Mean to Special Needs Parents?

These terms are thrown around these days. Yet, I do not believe you can have one without the other. Psychology Today identifies emotional intelligence as the ability to identify and manage your own emotions and...
Goal Setting

New Years, Goal Setting and our Learning Style

It's that time of year again! My goal for 2014 will be to lose 20 pounds!  That's a great goal on many levels, but what is my plan for achieving my desired end result? ...

Let Happy Be: How to Encourage Happiness

I am sure by now most of you know that I have autism. Sometimes having autism means that I experience life and see things differently. My life is far from the typical 20-year-old, but...
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New School Year: Avoid the Assumption Trap

As the summer days come to an end, we are all thinking about the start to another school year. Parents are doing back to school shopping, talking with their children about the new school year,...