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Gardiner Scholarship offers $10,000 for special needs children education. Even if you homeschool! Find out more, how to apply and what you need to know.

Success with autism during Covid19 home school

While most parents struggle with work and home school, my son with autism has excelled. Here’s how… We are all in very unprecedented times during the pandemic of corona virus how we adapt and cope can make huge differences for children. I have been working from home since March as a teacher and my threeContinue reading “Success with autism during Covid19 home school”

5 things to never say…

to a parent with a child who has autism   As a parent of a child who has autism, let me give everyone a few tips on what not to say.  As parents, we live in a unique world surrounded by really amazing people and our child.  The way we live and the choices weContinue reading “5 things to never say…”

A letter to Jace’s mom

Dear Jace’s mom (or dad), Hi, I’m Max’s mom, I wanted to write to you to introduce myself and thank you for your son’s friendship. I know that we don’t know each other and our paths don’t cross but for the first time in my son’s life he is talking about a friend at home.YouContinue reading “A letter to Jace’s mom”

Autism Awareness or Celebrate Autism?

April 2nd is autism awareness day all over the world. Just this week I read an amazing article written in 2017 and published on Huffpost about how we should bring awareness by honoring our own spectrum children instead of celebrating just the success cases. huffpost: Let’s start honoring people with autism by stopping the celebrationContinue reading “Autism Awareness or Celebrate Autism?”

Summer Swim Safety

In May, one year ago, my son could not swim.  He loved the water but if he jumped in, he would sink to the bottom like a heavy rock! With summer approaching and a holiday weekend, many families have picnics and fun gatherings.  One of the most common concerns with children with autism is wandering. Continue reading “Summer Swim Safety”

Summer Camps

What a nightmare!  Finding a summer camp for a typical child can be difficult; then add a child under 5 that has a developmental delay or a diagnosed condition.  I dream about the day that early intervention is really supported and funded so that children under 5 that are placed in the public school programsContinue reading “Summer Camps”

IEP, PBIB, ABA, OT, SLP… What does all this mean?

When you first realize that your child is struggling to develop at the same level as other children  their age,  you begin the early intervention process.  Little did you know that you would have to learn a new language: acronyms. Below is a list of acronyms that I have learned over the years working throughContinue reading “IEP, PBIB, ABA, OT, SLP… What does all this mean?”

Marriage and Autism

The topic of marriage is always a discussion that leads to statistic rates and normally includes a discussion of divorce.  I have written about divorce, autism and denial before and understand the reality that divorce is far too common among couples who have a child with autism or special needs child. I recently read inContinue reading “Marriage and Autism”

Trick or Treat

Tips and Tricks this Halloween  Trick or Treating with small children with autism Have a child under 5 that is developmentally delayed or have a child with diagnosed autism?  Here are my five tips and tricks for this Halloween when going trick or treating. Comfort and liking the costume First, the child must be comfortableContinue reading “Trick or Treat”