Autism

Helping Autistic Kids To Try New Things

Last year the kids and I discovered geocaching, a kind of treasure hunt to find hidden containers using only GPS coordinates. I was excited because it combines a bunch of things that my oldest son Max really enjoys – maps, numbers, puzzles – so I was pretty sure that it...

An Autism-Friendly Guide to Gift Giving

Amidst all the fun and celebration, the holiday season can also be a big source of stress for many autistic kids. Routines are disrupted and there’s a lot of sensory overload to cope with, not to mention all the extra social situations. These can all quickly add up to make...

Halloween Break

Holidays are tough for Lily, and not that Halloween is a holiday in the same vein as Thanksgiving or Christmas are, but it’s an “event” and there are rules and procedures and “goings-on”.  Still, if there was a holiday for her, a holiday where she is free to move around...

Sometimes You Win One

There are times, and these seem to occur with increasing frequency, that raising an autistic child pushes our parenting decisions into what might be viewed as a “no win.” Certainly we had our share of those decisions with our older daughter too, but it seems as if they’re more common...

Finding Safe and Supportive Spaces Online

Fifteen years ago when my kids were diagnosed with autism, online resources and support were really hard to find. Parents often felt isolated and disconnected from others going through the same challenges. Today there’s the opposite problem – information and support groups are everywhere! So the problem has now become how to find reliable...

Adapted Communication

I think it’s only fitting that I start a post about communicating effectively with your children by discussing the merits of ignoring them.  I think that sometimes being a good parent means that you have to do just that. I don’t mean put them out of your mind or not...

Advocacy Without Anger

Some days I’m sick and tired of having to be a demanding parent. Just for once I want to get what we need without having to ask or argue. The nature of special needs means that accommodations for our kids are never provided automatically. They have to be specifically requested,...

Tips To Ease The Transition Into Summer

Ah, summer. The weather’s warmer, there’s no homework to argue about or lunches to pack. But while you might be dreaming of long lazy days spent by the pool, for kids with autism or sensory processing disorders this time of year can be the most difficult. The end of the...