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Resources for teaching children about their disorders?

What are your favorite resources for teaching children about their own Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, Tourette Syndrome, Sensory Processing Disorder, etc.? The boy is getting bigger and asking bigger questions about himself. I see him starting to identify with and use… Continue Reading

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Setting goals through occupational therapy

We spent the first 30 minutes of occupational therapy (OT) the other day setting new goals for the next 12 weeks. That means that in the last three months, we have met or exceeded our goals or we are refining… Continue Reading

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Emotional and sensory support

The conference I attended last weekend was amazing. Four hours of great speakers and information — enough to fill a binder — and I still want to hear more. I learned some valuable information about how a child’s emotional development… Continue Reading

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Bullying should never be brushed aside

The boy came home from school last week with a note saying he was punched in the face. 🙁 Aside from talking with the school to ask when/where it happened, it is clear that we really need to talk to… Continue Reading

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A work in progress

Part of my New Year’s Resolution is that I am not going to be such a pushover in regards to the boy. Sometimes, it is easier to give in to him, and it is such a fine line to pull… Continue Reading

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Everything INCLUDING the kitchen sink!

I try to teach my kids basic clean-up-after-yourself skills really early on, not with pressure, but with repetition and praise. Well, since forever ago — or at least the beginning of teaching the boy to put cup, plate and silverware… Continue Reading

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Teachers can be top-notch advocates

This is an e-mail I received over the weekend from the boy’s teacher. She is patient, kind and one of his best advocates at school. We totally hit the teacher jackpot with her!! Hi, I just wanted to e-mail you… Continue Reading

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Change is scary, but growth is necessary

Lately, when I talk with the boy about unexpected change, I try to look to nature for a visual example. It wasn’t until the other night that I made real headway with him and had an ah-ha moment of my own.… Continue Reading

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No such thing as cruise control with school services

I see the same story over and over again: a child who is young — like my boy (5), with a similar high-functioning diagnosis — refused for school services because his disability doesn’t yet affect him “academically” even though it clearly affects the child socially… Continue Reading

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5 ways special needs parenting is like detective work

While I am totally aware that my skill set might not actually qualify for any real police work, I think it should at the very least give me some sort of in if I ever decide to enter that line of… Continue Reading