Mental Health

Start here for Mental Health Awareness Month

— http://www.huffingtonpost.com/susan-vernicek/start-here-for-mental-health-awareness-month_b_7166484.html

Did you know that May is Mental Health Awareness Month? And that the first week of May focuses on children’s mental health? Speaker/Author Susan Vernicek outlines actions and practices to promote mental health in children.

Understanding Repetitive Behaviors

What’s The Difference Between Routines, Perseveration and Stimming? One of the defining aspects of autism is a tendency towards repetitive behaviors such as stimming, perseveration and routines. But despite being grouped together these all have quite different causes and functions, so I thought it might be helpful to take a...

Hold the Future Loosely

My 12-year-old son, Carter, likes to discuss his future with me. “Mommy, where do you think I’ll go to college? I want to be a volcanologist.” “Mommy, what kind of car will I get when I’m 16?” “Mommy, when I get a wife, do I have to have a baby...

The Taste of Success

  I heard grunting from the kitchen and knew what it meant. My son Alex was trying hard to make his own breakfast but was locked in a battle with his arch nemesis, the butter knife. To him, spreading jam on his toast is just another in a...

What’s the Motto with You?

I’m not sure where I saw it, I think it was Facebook.  They wanted to know what your “parenting motto” was.  I immediately started thinking of anything amusing, and I envisioned putting it on a coat of arms or banner, like “Semper Fi”, “Don’t Tread on Me”, or “Winter is...

Unhinged

During each of my three pregnancies, I was aware (as virtually all expectant parents are) that there was a possibility my baby could be born with an illness or disability. That’s not to say I was prepared to have a sick child (who could possibly be?), but that I was...

Safe At Home, For Now

My youngest son Carter he lives in a social cocoon. His world is limited to school (a tiny private school that caters exclusively to children with special needs), church (again, tiny, and a very loving community that values inclusion for all), our house and his grandparents’ house, with the occasional...

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...