Does My Child Have Learning Difficulties?

I recently read the article, Why Is My Smart Child Struggling In School, featured in Mommy Magazine’s March/April publication written by Roxanne Jorgensen.  She reached out to two experts from the Center for Growth and Development: Kate McPhillips, MOT, OTR and Karen West, MS, CCC-SLP.  These ladies have top-notch credentials and years of specialized training, support, and services […]

Diagnosis of autism… Where do I go now?!

Hearing the word, “autism” can be scary in itself, but when a doctor or other trained professional diagnoses your child or even yourself with autism, it can be outright terrifying! After CJ was diagnosed, I wrestled with so many questions and thoughts…. Where do I go now?  What do I do?  Where do I start? […]

Autism

Autism Speaks defines austim as, “Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors.” Autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) […]

Sensory Snow

Snow is hard to come by when you live on an island.  This sensory snow is a fun, easy way for your little one(s) to “play with snow” no matter where you live. You will need: bowl or container, 1/2 cup white conditioner, and 3 cups of baking powder. 1.  Put 3 cups of baking […]

Silly Slime Experiment

My kiddos have enjoyed messy experiments lately.  Silly slime is one of their favorite creations to make.  You can change up this recipe for a unique silly slime experiment every time! You will need: 8 oz. of glue (I like to use glitter glue for extra colorful, sparkly slime), 1 teaspoon of Borax, bowls, spoons, and […]

Emotions Animal Puppet

Teaching your child(ren) about emotions and how to express them properly is very important. This craft allows for practice talking about your child(ren)’s emotions, as well as fine-motor practice. You will need: white construction paper or card stock, pencil, scissors, Popsicle stick, and tape. 1.  Draw an outline of an animal shape on the white […]

Hammock Hug

Hammocks provide multiple benefits for my son with autism.  He has told me on numerous occasions that his body and brain always feel better after being hugged in a hammock.  It doesn’t matter how big of a meltdown he is having or how tough of a day, his “hammock hug” helps him feel better.  When […]

Bubble Babble Game

Blowing bubbles is a great way to practice hand-eye coordination and listening skills.   Bubble Babble is a game we like to play.  One person is the caller and does the “bubble babble” while the other players listen.  The caller blows the bubbles and calls out a body part to catch or pop the bubbles […]

Gluten-Free, Casein-Free Diet Change

Over two years ago, I changed CJ’s diet to a Gluten-free, Casein-free, Dye-free diet (aka GFCF or “Autism Diet”).  It has been one of the best things thus far for him!  It initially began when I was having intestinal issues and discovered that I have dairy and gluten allergies and intolerances.  After a lot of […]