Autism

Handwriting Challenges: What is the Root Cause?

For most of us, handwriting is second nature. Certainly we practiced it enough in school. Although our script might have “evolved” over the years (not for the better sometimes), we all remember repeatedly practicing...

ASD, OCD or SPD: Which is the Best Fit?

With certain children, it can be hard to tell the difference between an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and a Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). You may see a child with just...

Establish a Back to School Routine Now!

Can you believe it’s already been a little over a month and it’s time to start preparing for the back to school routine? In some ways, school is a relief because it puts families...

Special Objects: To Carry Or Not To Carry?

Does your loved one with various isms have comfort or special objects that they like to carry around? I have carried various items with me for as long as I can remember. When I...

Advocate: Be the Change You Wish to See

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandi  Advocate instead of blaming. All too often, we are quick to point the finger and blame others.  Have you ever found...

What is “Stimming” and Why is it Important?

Does your child frequently rock, bob their knee, make annoying humming noises, squint or smell strange things that he shouldn't?  These behaviours are forms of sensory stimulation or otherwise referred to as  stimming and...
behavior

Autism is a Reason for Behaviors, Not an Excuse

Autism, while it is so much a part of me, it can also make some things harder. The same may be true for the children and adults that you work with who have various...

ABA: What IS It, Really?

Sometimes parents tell me they want to start doing ABA with their child.  I always tell them the same thing, "You already are. Not just with your child, but with your significant other, your...

Occupational Therapy Supports Autism

April is one very special month - It's Autism Awareness Month AND Occupational Therapy (OT) Month all rolled into one!  Occupational Therapy is often an integral therapy for children on the autism spectrum. As an...

Generate Acceptance on Autism Awareness Day

Going on eight years ago, Special-Ism began as a small personal blog entitled, Our Journey Thru Autism. About five years ago, the name changed to Special-Ism to cover a wider range of isms –...