Autism

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Self-Advocacy Navigates Life

“Odd-ism? That’s why I am odd!” I will never forget that night. We were at the dinner table when my then sixth-grader, JJ, had a revelation. He asked why he took the medications (after five...
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Tips for Making a Family Cruise Hassle-Free

Many of you forego family vacations for numerous reasons, in whole or in part, connected to your journey with autism, sensory processing disorder, or some other special need. Autism on the Seas would like...
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Why We Need to Advocate Against Our Children’s Labels

One of the quieter moments in the much maligned Star Wars movie, The Phantom Menace, is the first conversation between Padme and Anakin. Listening to him talking about his past, she suddenly exclaims in...

My Personal Experience on Being Rigid with Routines and Rituals

If you work with or care for a loved one with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), I am sure you know that individuals with ASD are known to be somewhat rigid in their routines.  As...

7 Practical Tips for an Effective ABA Program

Setting up a home-based ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) therapy program is no easy task. Even if your home-based program is smaller-scale—say, something you’re putting in place just to supplement what your child is learning...

Trouble Reading? Consider Vision Therapy

The function of eye movements goes well beyond vision and reflects higher brain processes. (Gauthier 1990) Through the processes of observation and elimination, we can often get to the root of a reading problem and...

Creating a Support Team to Help with “Minefields of Ignorance”

I recently welcomed a new student to my class who is visually challenged. My school services students ages 3 through 22 with a variety of special needs – many with extreme medical and behavior...
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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...

Stuck, Stubborn & Always Right? Change Patterns of Rigid Thinking

Rigid thinking can create conflict, struggle with transitions and anxiety.  Let's take a look at three children struggling with rigid thinking. Bobby screams if daddy makes scrambled eggs instead of mommy. For some children with...

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...