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.

Why I love Pokemon Go, when I just wanted to hate it.

PRACTICE

As a mom to two “screen monsters”, I really didn’t want to love the newest obsession. But as a mom to two quirky kids, I’ve quickly come to love it. Here’s why I love it and you probably will too if you have a child that falls somewhere on the wide spectrum of autism, sensory-processing disorder, or other social disorders.

How sending a simple “Thank You” turned into the best night ever.

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A week ago my husband was stuck in traffic for over an hour just to get home from work.  Stuck at a place on his commute that is usually only five or so minutes from our driveway.  We’re living right on a very busy street that is undergoing a huge overhaul at this very moment. […]

The Myth of Autism and Love

Autism & LOVE

I was actually able to ask the evaluator years later, why she had diagnosed him with PDD-NOS instead of Autism and she said it was because how connected he was to me. Because he cuddled with me, made eye contact with me, craved my social presence, and shared his world with me she didn’t think he met the textbook diagnosis of Autism.

Here’s the thing. That is a myth.

The Social Stigma of Handicap Parking

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Last Friday, I sat in the DMV with my ticket in one hand and the form filled out by Brian’s doctor in November for a handicap placard in the other. Two months ago I was sitting in the pediatrician’s office, recapping Brian’s recent behavioral aggression.  I told him how he had tried to bolt in […]

The Occupation of Social Participation

SOCIAL PARTICIPATION

The Occupational Therapy Framework, which I had to memorize by heart as a college student, breaks down our lives into seven occupations.  The goal at mind is to find happiness, independence, and balance between the seven occupations: Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) Instruments of Daily Living (IADLs) Rest & Sleep Education Work Play Leisure Social […]

To The Table of Compassion & Empathy, Thank You!

We had a whole slew of errands to get through this morning and it’s not always easy to make a lot of stops with Brian in tow as transitions are very tricky for him.  He started fussing after the third stop so like any great Mom, I bribed him and his brother with some fast food […]

Speaking Through Movie Scripts

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  It’s hard to explain Brian’s language capabilities to people who don’t know him or know autism. You can’t hold a conversation with him very often and he usually can’t answer most questions.  The professionals label him “functionally nonverbal”, as he has a huge vocabulary of words but he doesn’t communicate with them.  However,  he […]

Give Me Naughty Any Day

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This week my son got a hold of a huge bottle of hair spray.  And I mean HUGE. Mama is trying to grow out her bangs so hair spray has become a necessity.  He sprayed it all over the bathroom until it was empty.  It was a wonderful thing to come home to a sticky, hard […]