All posts by Heather Nelson

Heather Nelson

About Heather Nelson

Heather resides in Rockland where she is busy juggling life as a newlywed, a mom to two boys (one of which who has autism), a part time job in direct sales, and a full-time job as a pediatric occupational therapy assistant. She has a love for live music, karaoke, and cheering on the underdogs.

What’s Your Super Power?

superbrian

“So, what’s his super power?” I have seriously been asked that question about a half dozen times.  Granted it’s been a few years since the last time, and I hope that is a representation of autism awareness growing. Sometimes people have seen Rain Man one too many times and think they know autism.  Or they […]

A Birthday Letter

theboyking

Dear Corbin, Last night, we had a family birthday party for you.  I love getting our family together to celebrate someone’s birth, particularly when it’s one of my boys.  It was so much fun talking with everyone, watching you smile and laugh, and seeing you light up with your gifts.  So much fun until your […]

Being Honest With Myself

soccer

This year Brian trick or treated for a grand total of 20 minutes.  Not the worst year, not the best either.  During those entire 20 minutes he kept pointing back to home while whimpering.  Once he got home he stripped his costume off with lightning speed and hunkered down on the couch. Brian loved his costume […]

The Mundane

themundane

I was walking Brian in to school, hand-in-hand, him scripting something in jargon to himself. The boys in front of us, both a couple years younger than Brian, were deep in conversation about legos and Batman. I eavesdropped and smiled at how easily they were able to chat back and forth about their favorite things. […]

A Halloween for Everyone

batmanvillians

Halloween is fast approaching. I know because our daily montage of videos has changed from Little Einsteins and Over the Hedge to Scooby Doo and Wizard of Oz.  Yes, I can tell the seasons by whatever movie Brian is obsessing over at the time. Very exciting news around our home is that Brian independently chose […]

A Place to Play

playgroup

Sometimes it can be a little daunting to go to a busy play place with your child with autism. Without a crystal ball, it’s so hard to know what the trip will entail. It could go absolutely fine.  He could laugh and skip and play without a single tear.  There could be very patient and understanding families […]

Making Our Own Sensory Accommodations

groceryshopping

This is Brian grocery shopping with me yesterday.  At ten years old, he still rides in the cart and the more I put in the cart, the better. It’s not that Brian can’t walk or has physical limitations.  Being enclosed in the cart helps him feel calm and secure in environments that are sensory nightmares. […]