Life Skills

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...

Tips for Working Towards Goals

I have been on a journey as an autism advocate for the last two years now. I have learned so much about myself, about autism, and so many other things while I have been...

Kids with Isms Can Benefit by Using Lists

My world is full of lists. I have them on my walls and whiteboards at work, on papers at home and scattered through synchronized computer systems, including my mobile phone, computer, iPad, print outs....
Sensory Hair Cuts

Getting to the “Root” of Haircut Challenges – 5 Tips to Turning a Roller...

Taking a typical child to the hair dresser can be a challenging experience, but adding more "isms" to this experience can change this from a simple errand to a frightening roller coaster ride of...
at therapy for special needs kids

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...
worksplace Asperger;s

Strategies for Success in the Work Force

Many adults with special needs, such as Asperger's, who are in the work force have special talents, such as impressive visual alertness, a depth of knowledge and intense in specific areas of interest. 1. Social...
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...
money management

Money Management Made Simple

A couple of years ago my daughter was fifteen years old. For any of you who have teens (especially girls), you probably know many of them like to spend money. Often friends would ask,...
Special needs child be a child

Encouraging a Special Needs Child to be a Child

Every child with special needs is still a child at heart. No matter what issues, conditions, diagnoses or disabilities help educators, parents, and professionals figure out how to teach and reach a child, there...

Shift Your Focus During a Tantrum: God Spoke to Me

It was a beautiful day as I cheerily loaded my kids in the car to take my youngest son, Jake, to Occupational Therapy.  He eagerly climbed his 7-year-old body into his car seat.  Jake...