Autism

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...

Headache, Fever, Chill…Autism

I have a 4-year-old daughter who is definitely not on the spectrum. Last week she got a fever.  No biggie right?  She was acting puny and we could tell she didn't feel well. We...

For Parents: Getting through the Diagnosis and the Day After

There was something different about Chris from the day he was born. I have always been told that he’s an “old soul,” but he missed every infant milestone: rolling over, sitting up, babbling, talking,...
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Dear Teacher: What Families of Kids with Special “Isms” Wish We Could Tell You

I have the utmost respect for anyone who undertakes the noble profession of educating children. Teaching can get infinitely more complicated when your class includes children with Isms, such as attention regulation difficulties, sensory...
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The Therapeutic Value of Horseback Riding

The motion of the horse simulates the human walk.  Therefore, when sitting on a horse, the hips move in a forward and backward motion, side to side, and a rotational 'swing'.  In addition, without...

WANTED: Hope in Action Throughout the Special Needs Community

Parents of a child who has special needs will almost surely hear at one time or another, “Now you know your child will never ”  These gloom and doom forecasts are meant to be...

Activities to Keep Your Child Busy and Pass the Time During a Natural Disaster

A natural disaster can affect many individuals and leave them without power, and possibly having to evacuate their homes. A disaster is hard for anyone, especially children, and it is even harder if you...

The Five Point Scale – It’s Impact on Self-Regulation

As an individual on the spectrum, I love using The Five Point Scale for self-regulation. I have used it numerous times, in many different situations. One aspect I love about The Five Point Scale...
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On a Mission to End Intolerance

“It is important that people know  what you stand for.  It’s equally important that they know  what you won’t stand for.”   ~ Mary Waldrop One of my previous articles focused on The Gift of Tolerance which included successful...

Enhance Learning and Development through TAAP

Treadmill For Students with Autism and Apraxia Protocol (TAAP) : A Novel Approach to Enhance Learning and Development TAAP is a visual motor exercise program developed by an experienced pediatric physical therapist named Debra...