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 […]
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 […]
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….
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 […]
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 […]