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Is it Autism or Ought-Ism?

Is it Autism or Ought-Ism?

If having Autism didn’t make it hard enough for people on the spectrum, being judged, mis-understood and invalidated makes the impact of the condition even harder. This is especially true when the source of the judgement is a professional. Because people with Autism...

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Secret Beliefs About Autism

Secret Beliefs About Autism

My mother used to say “…the proof is in the pudding.” She meant that actions speak louder than words. When talking about autism, this is often true. Recognizing Gifts & Talents As amazing as it seems to me, there are still so many people that don’t have a...

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Crisis, First Responders and Autism

Crisis, First Responders and Autism

Our first responders are some of the most compassionate, brave, well trained and needed individuals on the planet. Gratitude for First Responders Most of us – especially those of us with kids on the spectrum - have a huge appreciation for the job they are doing!...

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Every Child’s Got Some Diagnosis These Days!

Every Child’s Got Some Diagnosis These Days!

As the mother of two tough-to-raise kids, I can’t tell you how much relief the school bus was some days! When I could just get through the morning routine and get my kids successfully off to school, the day was already a success! Teachers Have a Hard Job I am sure I...

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Cosmic Wishes Granted

Cosmic Wishes Granted

I wonder how many school-aged children’s cosmic wishes were granted when the U.S. decided to suspend attendance in the 2020 school year 2-months before its scheduled completion? Didn’t we all once wish spring break would go on forever, and we wouldn’t have to return...

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What Does the Future Look Like to You?

What Does the Future Look Like to You?

If you are like me and many of the parents I talk to, you might feel that the future for your child with ASD is frightening. We wonder (more precisely worry) about how our kids will carve out a satisfying and successful life for themselves in a world that doesn’t...

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Making Up Your Mind Makes a Difference

Making Up Your Mind Makes a Difference

Who knew we had so much power over our own experience and outcomes? Like so many parents of children on the autism spectrum, my life with ASD has been a roller coaster of emotions, many of which felt out of my control! An incredibly deep desire to be a good parent and...

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Consistency Increases Compliance

Consistency Increases Compliance

“Take a seat” “Sit Down” “Find you chair” “Please be seated” All of these phrases mean the same thing, and for those of us who are flexible and whose minds are easily able to globalize concepts, it doesn’t really matter which of these is said to us, we understand. But...

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Creating a Routine Around Homework Can Help to Bring Calm

Creating a Routine Around Homework Can Help to Bring Calm

I heard something so touching from my 20-year old son with ASD as he described his girlfriend yesterday. A family friend had asked him what he liked so much about her, and he said that he loved her because he could always ask her when he felt confused about a...

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Talking to your child about autism

Talking to your child about autism

In most grammar school classrooms today, you are likely to see at least one child on the autism spectrum. The Center for Disease Control in the U.S. has changed the stats form 1:69 to 1:59 children diagnosed with autism. That is nearly 2% of the school age population!...

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Supporting Your Child in a New School Year

Supporting Your Child in a New School Year

If you just Google “Autism Schools near me” you will find that there are many excellent autism-specific programs in smaller schools, and public schools are being forced to kick it up a notch in terms of the services they are providing our children with autism to...

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The Therapeutic Power of Routine to Get Homework Done

The Therapeutic Power of Routine to Get Homework Done

As you start back to school, establishing a healthy routine from the very beginning is very powerful. This is something you should plan as a parent, and explain to your child in advance (5- 7 days) of school starting to give them an opportunity to adjust their...

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