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Are You Guilty of Promoting Learned Helplessness?

Are You Guilty ofPromotingLearned Helplessness-

In the field of special needs and occupational therapy we hear the term, “learned helplessness” a lot. Learned helplessness happens when parents or caregivers assume that their child can not be successful at something so they help them, because they love them and they care for them and they want life to be easy for […]

We go to Nature to have our Senses Put in Order

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A couple of weeks ago, my little family of four ventured out for a day-long expedition to Reid State Park. Like any outing, we do a lot of planning and preparing to ensure to the best of our abilities that Brian will have a fantastic time.  Because, we all find it easier to have a fantastic […]

Truth of the Matter: Change is Harder on Mom.

Truth of the Matter-Change is Harder on

Individuals with autism do not like change.  It can take a lot of effort to make their way through our sensory-rich environment, without having to navigate change. We use tools to help them, things like visual timers, visual schedules, social stories, and chaining. Last Friday, Brian graduated from the fourth grade.  Next year, he’ll be heading […]

How Do You Do It?

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If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me, “How do you do it?”, I’m pretty sure our house would be pretty close to being paid off. No joke. I get asked this question ALL the time. It’s a well-meaning question but it’s a tricky question. How do I not do it? I love my child, so we do it. Simple as that. I’m guessing most of the people that ask me that question would do the same if they were in our shoes. But here, here’s how we do it….

As Long As I’m Living, My Baby You’ll Be.

As long as I'm Living

This is how it is to be a special needs parent. To love and cherish every single second with your child. To accept and love every single part of them. And yet, still wish that things were different and always hoping for growth and change. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

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 […]

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 […]