ASD Strategies To Help: Communication

It is April and with this month brings a public awareness and acceptance of autism.  And with autism comes nonverbal communication disorders and social anxiety. How can a kiddo with social anxiety communicate effectively with others when over 93% of communication takes place on a nonverbal level?  Here are some strategies I am currently using […]

Benefits of Weighted Blankets

Weighted blankets have been a godsend to us.  I seriously cannot begin to describe how much they have helped us.  I heard about the multiple benefits weighted blankets provide, but it wasn’t until I researched (and researched some more) and then connected with moms who have children with autism who used weighted blankets with their children, that […]

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) […]

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 […]

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 […]

Bike Buddies

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 […]