Sometimes it is downright challenging to talk about emotions with children. Our family is going through a lot of changes right now and something I am trying to do more than ever is…TALK and LISTEN with my precious kiddos. I want them to know that they can tell me anything (doesn’t mean there won’t be […]
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 […]
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 […]
When I take my kiddos to the beach now, they don’t want to leave. But it was not always that way. CJ used to hate sand. He could barely walk in it, let alone touch it. It is difficult to seperate yourself from sand, when you live on an island. I used to wonder, how […]
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 […]
Bike riding is a great outlet for both of my kids, but especially CJ. I have seen a huge improvement with his self-esteem and self-confidence since he began riding a “big boy bike” (no training wheels). Riding a bicycle is such a wonderful after school activity. It also helps with gross-motor skills. Please teach (and/or […]
CJ has made significant gains (especially with eye contact, self-esteem, and socialization) with dog therapy. It amazes me to see the difference in his behavior and demeanor after spending time with the service animals. Many libraries and therapists have pet therapy programs. And a lot are FREE!