Emotions

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...

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...

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...
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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...

Tips On Teasing

Has your child ever felt hurt by other children at school? Has your child been teased about appearance or ability? What about being left out or excluded from a lunch group or conversation? Does...

How Are You Feeling? On Expressing Emotion, Being Present, and Getting to Grace

Like daring to be happy, expressing emotion takes courage. Helping someone express what they're truly feeling requires trust; it necessitates being both present and patient. This truth came clear to me after sharing a...

Avoid Outbursts by Controlling Emotional Responses

When my son JJ was 16 years old, he was suspended from high school for his impulsive behavior. His peers knew what buttons to push and it continually got him into trouble. The Incredible...