Time Management: The Key to Success

Time is a valuable resource, and managing it effectively is crucial for success in both personal and professional life. With the fast-paced and demanding nature of our daily lives, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and like there are not enough hours in the day. However, by adopting a few simple time management strategies, you can increase your productivity, reduce stress, and achieve your goals.

Set Priorities: Start by identifying the most important tasks and prioritizing them. Focus on completing high-priority tasks first, and don’t let low-priority tasks distract you.

Create a To-Do List: Write down all the tasks you need to complete, and prioritize them in order of importance. This will help you keep track of your progress and ensure that you don’t forget anything important.

Use a Calendar: Plan your day, week, and month in advance, and schedule time for both work and leisure activities. This will help you avoid overloading your schedule and ensure that you have time for self-care and relaxation.

Minimize Distractions: Turn off notifications on your phone, close your email program, and eliminate other distractions while you’re working on important tasks. Focus on one task at a time, and avoid multitasking.

Take Breaks: Regular breaks can improve your focus and productivity. Take short breaks every hour or so to stretch, grab a snack, or simply step away from your work.

Learn to Say No: Saying no to low-priority tasks and distractions can free up more time for important tasks. Learn to prioritize your time and focus on what’s truly important.

Evaluate and Adjust: Regularly review your time management strategies and make adjustments as needed. Remember that what works for one person may not work for another, so be open to trying new techniques and finding what works best for you.

In conclusion, effective time management is about setting priorities, using tools and techniques to stay organized, and taking care of your physical and emotional well-being. Following these tips can increase your productivity, reduce stress, and achieve your goals. Start managing your time effectively today, and watch as your success grows!

Meet Susie Liberatore

As an Art Director with over 10 years of experience in the agency and corporate world, I saw global and local clients missing out on so many opportunities to get leads because of inconsistent branding. My goal is to help them generate new clients with my strategic processes. I help businesses NOT waste time or money and provide the highest quality design and service. As a single mom to an autistic child, I know how valuable time and money are. 

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What is Autism?

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopment disorder that affects social interaction, communication, and behavior. It is a complex condition and individuals with autism can have a wide range of symptoms and abilities. Here are some tips for supporting individuals with autism:

Provide structure and routine: People with autism tend to thrive on routine and structure, so having a consistent daily routine can help reduce stress and anxiety.

Use clear and concise language: People with autism may struggle with understanding figurative or abstract language, so using clear and concise language can help improve communication.

Visual aids: Visual aids such as pictures, symbols, and videos can help individuals with autism better understand and process information.

Emphasize social skills: Social skills, such as making eye contact, taking turns in conversation, and understanding social cues, can be challenging for people with autism. Encourage and support the development of these skills through role-playing and social skills groups.

Accommodate sensory sensitivities: Some people with autism have sensory sensitivities to noise, lights, or touch. Providing a quiet and comfortable environment and allowing for breaks from sensory stimulation can help reduce stress and improve functioning.

Encourage physical activity: Exercise and physical activity can help individuals with autism regulate their emotions, improve focus and attention, and decrease stress.

Seek support: Raising a child with autism can be challenging, so seeking support from family, friends, and support groups can help.

Respect their interests and strengths: People with autism often have unique interests and strengths. Encouraging and supporting these interests can help boost self-esteem and improve quality of life.

Be patient: People with autism may take longer to process information and respond, so it is important to be patient and give them the time they need.

Celebrate their progress: People with autism often make significant progress, no matter how small. Celebrating their achievements and progress can help build confidence and self-esteem.

Remember that every individual with autism is unique and may have different needs and abilities. By using these tips and being supportive, you can help individuals with autism reach their full potential.

Meet Susie Liberatore

As an Art Director with over 10 years of experience in the agency and corporate world, I saw global and local clients missing out on so many opportunities to get leads because of inconsistent branding. My goal is to help them generate new clients with my strategic processes. I help businesses NOT waste time or money and provide the highest quality design and service. As a single mom to an autistic child, I know how valuable time and money are. 

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IEP Progress Report Are A Must

As a special needs mama, it is always so important to keep in touch with my son’s school. I like to know the good, bad, and the ugly. I talk daily with his teachers and staff about his progress. 

However, sometimes there are times when things do not go as well as we had hoped and it can cause some issues both in school and in person. When a teacher voices that something is off I often like to collect data, and talk with peers, and doctors. 

Here are some questions you can ask: 

  • Is he still making progress? 
  • How often is he doing this behavior? 
  • What happened right before this? 
  • How long does he sit still? 
  • Does have a sensory diet? 
  • Are there peers who are doing something similar and he is doing it as a reflection? 
  • What are you doing to stop a behavior? 
  • Is it interfering with his school work or his peers?

If it gets to the point, where it is ongoing I like to sit down and talk with the teachers and any admin staff. I ask for their support and put together a plan of action for school and home. 

I am also discussing the possibility of having outside support such as speech and additional therapy. Know that no one is perfect and kids can’t have great days every day. However, if there are patterns each day and it isn’t getting fixed, then it is time to look at solutions. 

I am looking into outside-of-school speech therapy simply so that we can work more on receptive language. Now that he is finally talking, I am looking to expand his communication further. I am looking forward to this next step and journey.

Meet Susie Liberatore

As an Art Director with over 10 years of experience in the agency and corporate world, I saw global and local clients missing out on so many opportunities to get leads because of inconsistent branding. My goal is to help them generate new clients with my strategic processes. I help businesses NOT waste time or money and provide the highest quality design and service. As a single mom to an autistic child, I know how valuable time and money are. 

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Best Holiday Tips For Sensory-Friendly Kids

The holidays can be overwhelming for an autistic child. Every kid is different, so some tips and techniques might not work for you. You know your child best, but I like to share my knowledge with others. 

  1. Try to take time out from everyone 
  2. Meltdowns might happen
  3. Communicate with others 
  4. Allow lights to be dimmed 
  5. Make plans ahead of time with a visual planner 
  6. Keep up with rewards 
  7. Plan an escape 
  8. Allow time blocks 
  9. Have routines in line
  10. Allow the sounds to be low 
  11. Take turns in rooms or circles in moderation 

It is important to keep things as consistent as possible during the holidays, but also to have fun. I know that whenever we have holidays and celebrations it can cause increased stimming and hyperness. These are great ways to help you through the holiday madness with an autistic child. 

You know your child best, and know what will work for them. It is also wise to express concerns and boundaries with your friends and family. 

Meet Susie Liberatore

As an Art Director with over 10 years of experience in the agency and corporate world, I saw global and local clients missing out on so many opportunities to get leads because of inconsistent branding. My goal is to help them generate new clients with my strategic processes. I help businesses NOT waste time or money and provide the highest quality design and service. As a single mom to an autistic child, I know how valuable time and money are. 

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The holidays can be overwhelming for an autistic child.

How A Single Mom Does It All: I outsource

When I first became a single mom, I thought to myself how am I going to be able to get all the things done… You know the lawn, dishes, cleaning, laundry, work, parenting, etc. The list goes on and on. The struggle was real. I was on a strict budget and could not afford all the things that I wanted.

Now that I have taken control of my life, I am able to manage it much easier and focus on how to manage my time much more efficiently so I am not doing all the things. 

The key to single parenting is OUTSOURCING. 

  • Pet sitting: If I am going away or out of town, I totally let my friend watch my dog(S) while I am away. I used to have two dogs and it made traveling so much easier. She would watch them and I wouldn’t have to worry about putting them in the kennel. Now that I have one dog, I still sometimes ask her to watch Bella. 
  • Cleaning: YES. I outsource cleaning. I have a cleaning lady come once a month and do deep cleaning. This helps to ensure that we are getting in all the cracks and grains that I don’t clean every day. This has been a huge lifesaver for me. She comes for about two hours a month and it really knocks a lot off my plate. 
  • Babysitter: Again, this is awesome to have! When I first got divorced, I was nervous and scared to have someone else watch my boy. However, now I have so many great people that I can depend on and rely on that I feel great about having some adult time. 
  • Lawn guy: This is perfect, he will do my grass, leaves, and even snow. He covers my yard all year round. I highly suggest outsourcing this. 

I have learned that my time is valuable and I love being able to get things off my plate. 

What I outsource in business 

  • Accounting: If you know me personally, you know that math is my weakness. I am NOT good at all with this. I have found that my anxiety is WAY lower when I have someone doing this for me. 
  • CPA: Well, if I do not do the accounting, then I wouldn’t take on the CPA role either. I outsource this and have never looked back since then. I love that my CPA has helped me to create a great system to pay quarterly taxes and get the best bang for my buck.
  • Admin work: I learned a long time ago, that admin work takes up a ton of time. This was one of the first things that I outsourced. I love that I can have someone work on contracts, proposals, and other items so that I can have more time with my clients. 
  • Creative tasks: Just this past year, I started to hire and take on team members for writing, design, and website development. If I wanted to grow my company, I needed to be able to have a team to assist.

I didn’t grow any of this overnight. You might not need all the help, but I know that my time is valuable. Figure out what you can outsource, and make it happen. 

Meet Susie Liberatore

As an Art Director with over 10 years of experience in the agency and corporate world, I saw global and local clients missing out on so many opportunities to get leads because of inconsistent branding. My goal is to help them generate new clients with my strategic processes. I help businesses NOT waste time or money and provide the highest quality design and service. As a single mom to an autistic child, I know how valuable time and money are. 

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How To Communicate With Autistic Kids

Now that Antonio is talking more I feel like we are making great progress. However, we are still facing issues as that is bound to happen.  I make sure to take note of the things we struggle with so that way I can keep working on them with him. 

  1. Not clear: Sometimes things are not clear what he says when I am not talking to him directly. He likes to repeat things from his iPad so sometimes I can figure it out, but other times I can not. I ask him to repeat himself, he will do that a few times, but then will get frustrated. It is important that I keep asking him to repeat it so we can work through it together. 
  2. Very soft: He will talk very soft, or very loud, there isn’t an in between. If I ask him to speak louder it will basically be a scream and super loud. We are working on understanding the difference noise levels so that he can talk more regular with others. He will imitate and repeat the different noises and vocals I make, so I make sure that I do it at the right noise level. 
  3. Can’t complete sentences: I always make sure to let him communicate his needs and wants. I make him communicate into a sentence form so he can really start to communicate more efficiently. 

I know so many parents that have gone through the same issues as myself. There is no right answer to improve communication with a nonverbal child all it takes is determination and patience. I enjoy being able to help and guide others since I have had to take my own action steps. If you are looking for support, feel free to reach out; I always love sharing our journey and techniques. 

Meet Susie Liberatore

As an Art Director with over 10 years of experience in the agency and corporate world, I saw global and local clients missing out on so many opportunities to get leads because of inconsistent branding. My goal is to help them generate new clients with my strategic processes. I help businesses NOT waste time or money and provide the highest quality design and service. As a single mom to an autistic child, I know how valuable time and money are. 

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Communication With An Autistic Child

I asked Antonio as he was putting on his socks do you want to wear shorts or pants. He replied “No socks.” 

It got me thinking. He can’t think ahead or understand when he is focused on one thing, the socks. He already had pants on, but it was warm out so I wanted to see if he wanted to put shorts on. However, when I asked this, he was confused. 

It is interesting to see how his mind works, so I can better understand how to communicate with him. This isn’t the first time he has done this. 

One time at school, they went to the library and the teacher told him to take books out of the library to bring home. He replied, “books stay at the library.” Again, this is another time when he was literal about things, and it was quite funny. It is so interesting to see how things can work differently for each person. 

My son has helped me to be a better person and communicator, and also learn more about patience. Being a special needs mom has some great perks to it! 

Sometimes it makes me laugh a little, at how literal they can be. It is truly a blessing and interesting to see how his mind works. 

Meet Susie Liberatore

As an Art Director with over 10 years of experience in the agency and corporate world, I saw global and local clients missing out on so many opportunities to get leads because of inconsistent branding. My goal is to help them generate new clients with my strategic processes. I help businesses NOT waste time or money and provide the highest quality design and service. As a single mom to an autistic child, I know how valuable time and money are. 

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Baseball Must Have’s

I am excited for Antonio to start baseball again this year. Last year it was a little different because he was with a special needs program. It was incredible, but he is ready for the next phase.

This year will still be special needs baseball, but will have much more competition and growth to it. It can be hard sometimes for autistic children to understand how to play and compete with others. I am looking forward to guiding him this year.

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Meet Susie Liberatore

As an Art Director with over 10 years of experience in the agency and corporate world, I saw global and local clients missing out on so many opportunities to get leads because of inconsistent branding. My goal is to help them generate new clients with my strategic processes. I help businesses NOT waste time or money and provide the highest quality design and service. As a single mom to an autistic child, I know how valuable time and money are. 

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A numberblock 7th Birthday Party

I am excited about another birthday party this year for Antonio. This year he is really into Number Blocks; he of course totally loves his Mickey. We have had a ton of Mickey parties over the years, so we wanted to do something different.

Plus, he is really into math, numbers, learning, and drawing. It is so interesting to see him develop each and every year. 

He picked out this theme and I am looking forward to it! Here are some great party supplies and gift items. 

Meet Susie Liberatore

As an Art Director with over 10 years of experience in the agency and corporate world, I saw global and local clients missing out on so many opportunities to get leads because of inconsistent branding. My goal is to help them generate new clients with my strategic processes. I help businesses NOT waste time or money and provide the highest quality design and service. As a single mom to an autistic child, I know how valuable time and money are. 

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Kindergarten Thoughts From An Autistic Mom

My son started a whole new school this year, in kindergarten! It has been quite interesting. I have all the emotions and thoughts. I am totally happy that he loves it and enjoys it. 

He goes to a private school here in Akron Ohio, that focuses on his IEP and growth.  I never thought that he was ready for this day, simply because he was so behind. I also was not ready because my baby is all grown up; time flies by! 

However, he has been getting therapy for years now that it all caught up and he was really ready. I am so thankful and blessed for where he is developmentally, socially, and physically. It has been a long journey.

Here are some tips for an effective school year with an autistic child: 

  • I am so impressed with him, the school, and the teachers. It is important to keep communication between all of us. We get daily behavior reports, school updates, and updates at pick-up. I love that there is also an app where they can add images, and we can send personal messages too. I like that I can ask Antonio questions such as do you have homework? He knows and responds; it feels like we finally are having conversations! I love it, it makes me so proud of how far he has come.
  • I work with Antonio at home but make it fun. Regardless of whether he has homework or not, we work together on something. He watches his iPad and learns a lot from it, so when they say a certain word, I ask him to spell it or say it. A lot of times, I will be silly to help him have fun and learn. It is so cute how he reacts and really loves to learn. 
  • Make sure to allow time to play. Children need time to unwind. Whatever they like to do after school, allow them to do it and have fun. It is the same thing that we as adults do after work or when the kids go to bed; we all need personal time. 
  • Do homework right after dinner. I have found that Antonio is most productive at this time. After dinner time, we allow playtime and then relaxation, bath time, and pj’s. He gets tired and doesn’t do well after around 6 P.M. Find the time that fits your child’s needs.  
  • Allow packing lunch. I always pack his lunch, or at least most of it, the day before. The morning of I adds the sandwich. 
  • Encourage independence by having the child get dressed in mornings, etc. I always encourage Antonio to ask for help if something is too hard or he is too tired. For the most part he is incredibly independent and will try to do all things  himself and then ask for help when appropriate. 
  • Prep them for the day (if there is a test, or hard day coming up). I always like to talk with my son about what is coming up for the day or week, especially if it might be something that is hard. I usually know a head of time, so I can be effective with that. 
  • Allow prizes. This is one of the biggest things that I do, and we both love. Nothing is better than a cookie!! He loves cookies so I can always encourage him to do well for a cookie, or a favorite toy. 
  • Have a set scheduled. This is truly one of the biggest things that we both need. I need a set schedule and he does too; when it is off for either one of us, it is not a good mix or feeling. 
  • Ask an encourage how the day went. This one is our current work in progress. I like to ask how his day went, but usually it is just a yes or no question. “Did you have a good day?” I am trying to get more out of it now by asking what he did and try to get more communication. 

I am so proud of all the accomplishment he has made in just a short amount time. It is truly amazing that I have been able to get him into the right programs over the years to help him blossom and grow. 

As an Art Director with over 10 years of experience in the agency and corporate world, I saw global and local clients missing out on so many opportunities to get leads because of inconsistent branding. My goal is to help them generate new clients with my strategic processes. I help businesses NOT waste time or money and provide the highest quality design and service. As a single mom to an autistic child, I know how valuable time and money is. 

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