Tips to Help Your Autistic Child Survive the Holidays

Tips to Help Your Autistic Child Survive the Holidays

Parties are always a hard time for an autistic child. I know my son gets overwhelmed for festivities or in large groups. He will start to stim and be “in his world.” Plus, he will not interact with anyone, and people wonder what is wrong with him or why he doesn't say “hi” to them. [...]

Best Sensory Toys for Kids with Sensory Processing Issues and Autism

Best Sensory Toys for Kids with Sensory Processing Issues and Autism

Sensory toys are toys that provide the particular sensory input that many children with autism crave. Whether it is visual or tactile, the toys have the power to capture our kids' attention, making the right sensory toy a powerful reinforcer (reward) in applied behavioral analysis (ABA) programs. Does your child with autism have issues with [...]

Focusing on Your Child’s Strengths for Success

Focusing on Your Child’s Strengths for Success

Guest blog post by Jennifer Elia- If you have a child with special learning needs, you know the frustration for trying to make progress. You are both working so diligently to find a solution and make it over the learning roadblock. At times it seems insurmountable. What do you do when your child’s education get [...]

Why Sign Langugage Matters

Why Sign Langugage Matters

It has been a while since I wrote about our autism progress. Quite frankly, I don’t remember where we left off. A lot has changed; we started a new program. This program is fantastic, but at first, I was so bent out of shape and cried. I was scared that it wouldn't work after having [...]

Autism: Positive Parenting Makes the Difference

Autism: Positive Parenting Makes the Difference

Life has a tendency to throw a lot at us. We all are going through some obstacle at one point or another and manage to pull it all together. I see this more and more everyday. When my son was diagnosed with autism, I felt lost and sorry for us. I wanted people to feel [...]

Parenting is Scary and it Doesn’t Get Easier

Parenting is Scary and it Doesn’t Get Easier

They say having a kid changes your whole life and we can never prepare for parenthood. We can raise our kids to be the best or the smartest, but the truth is that once they grow up, they are out of our hands. My son is only three years old, but I worry about everything. [...]

Mom Thoughts About a Nonverbal Child

Mom Thoughts About a Nonverbal Child

I wonder all the time, literally all the time, if talking will make it all better?? By that I mean would life be "easier?" Would speaking make our bond even stronger? Would we have better communication? I ponder so many things all day. I wish that I had the answers and the easy way out, [...]

Why Your Child Needs a Sport, Activity, or Preschool

Why Your Child Needs a Sport, Activity, or Preschool

People cringe when you say, "My kid is in daycare/preschool." I don't understand why. I know some people have grandparents or friends who are able to cut back on expenses and actually make sure the children are cared for and having fun. However, I think that they should have at least three days a week [...]

The Top Six Preschool Learning Digital Learning Activities

The Top Six Preschool Learning Digital Learning Activities

I know so many times people say that the teachnology can be bad for their kids. I get it, it can be. However, I think that they can learn so much from technology as long as they don't abuse it. You are the parent, so you can control that.. Since my son is getting ready [...]

How Sign Language Has Helped Us

How Sign Language Has Helped Us

Since my son has been diagnosed with autism, it has been hard to get through to him. He is nonverbal and has been for most of his life. We have tried everything but end up getting frustrated. Since he joined ABA, we know now that sign language can work; we just have to keep working [...]