Life Skills

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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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...

My Kid is Smearing Feces! HELP!

When you are saying these words, what you want most desperately is for someone, ANYONE, to help you figure out how to get your kid to stop smearing feces.  Stop touching it, playing in...

Teens with Autism Finding Mentors Within Their Own Community

When on the spectrum, connecting with others with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can be incredibly supportive.  The support stems from the simple fact that we understand each other and can offer unconditional acceptance. ...

Encourage a Flexible Family Food Culture

I read House Rules: A Novel back when it was released. It’s my understanding that this was deemed a fiction.  It was based on the research performed by the author.  In the novel, the...

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...

Teaching Your Special Needs Child to Swim

I've heard it said that it's best to get your child into swimming lessons as early as possible. In fact, age one was suggested within our mother's group. As it turned out, this was poor...

Having an Ism and Having a Roommate

At the University of Florida (UF), we are already halfway through the semester. I promised I’d share tips and stories and things I’ve been learning in college, and this month, I want to talk...

The 3 P’s to Keep Your Kid Safe During an Emergency

Imagine the building you’re in just went up in flames. Sirens are relentlessly sounding. A firefighter in an oxygen mask just burst in, grabbing you by the arm and barking commands—can you say scary?...