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.

Autism Sibling Superhero: The Winner of National Siblings Day

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In light of National Silbings Day….. Corbin is an Autism Sibling Superhero! He sticks up for his brother, the first time way back when he was in second grade and some “big kid” said that “autism kids were dumb”.  Corbin said he wanted to karate chop him but he didn’t and he remembered to instead teach […]

Growth and Happiness Is All The Therapy I Need

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Yesterday afternoon, despite our backyard still being covered in snow and the temperatures still hovering in the high 30s, we decided to spend time playing outside. We haven’t really had a chance to truly enjoy our backyard as we bought this house just as the snow was beginning to fall in the beginning of winter. […]

To Light It Up Blue? That is the Question.

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The “Light It Up Blue” campaign has helped many people become aware of autism and has helped my son be accepted in his school environment. However, here’s why we still don’t support Autism Speaks.

It’s Autism Awareness Month, Are You Aware?

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April is Autism Awareness Month. Are you aware of autism? Do you see autism in your life regularly? Did you know that 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with autism? Are you aware that boys are diagnosed almost five times more than girls? Did you know that autism is characterized by difficulties with social interaction, verbal and […]

Connection.

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When Brian was just a little past his second birthday, he received his first spectrum diagnosis of PDD-NOS (Pervasive Developmental Disorder- Not Otherwise Specified).  The woman who diagnosed him with this told me that she would’ve given him a full-out diagnosis of autism if he didn’t have such a strong connection to me. Throughout the […]

Sensory Meltdown 101

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I came across this document I wrote a couple of years ago to hand out to teachers within a program I was consulting with. Simple, easy techniques to aid with sensory meltdowns (with a couple things added that I’ve learned since I first wrote the document).  So simple but so good, that I thought I […]

In the Depths of Regression, There is Hope

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It’s true that Brian has been in a regression that has been testing my strength.  His regression has centered around his emotional stability, aggression, OCD, and negative behaviors. However, during that same time we have seen growth in other areas. This is how it works in the special needs world.  With regression often comes growth. […]

Strong Too Long

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Autism has kicked my butt these past two weeks. You know it’s not even just autism.  It was having to work with my other son’s IEP team to make sure they’re really doing what they said they were doing.  Working with the school secretary to find the answer to bus questions.  Making sure the play […]

Don’t Put Him In A Box

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It’s no secret Brian is an internet fan. He can google search with the best of them.  He can hack people’s passwords.  It’s a big joke (but not a joke, because it’s true) in his classroom that teachers can not enter their passwords in front of him because he will quickly memorize them and add […]