When your child has thrown themselves on the floor screaming and making an Oscar worthy scene in the middle of the grocery store, what is a Mama to do? Honestly, most days I just want to lay down on the floor and join ‘em. For parents of children on the spectrum, identifying whether the situation … Continue reading Meltdown vs. Tantrum
Last year we took my son to the Bronx Zoo and learned the animals weren’t the main attraction. He was always excited about trips to the zoo but when we got there he would yell “All Done” when we tried to stop and look at the animals. We decided to follow his lead and learned … Continue reading Removing My Expectation of Experience
Wow! look at that unruly child hitting and the parents doing nothing. I bet they spank and hit at home. Well, where did he learn it from? That child needs some serious discipline. These are actual thoughts I’ve had seeing toddlers hitting and smacking other people. And now I’m sick to my stomach because my … Continue reading Hitting – He Didn’t Learn It From Me
In the heat of the moment, when those “terrible two’s” begin to take hold of your child for the first time, it can be really hard to recognize what is actually happening versus what it “feels” like is happening. But that outburst may not be coming from a place of disrespect or disobedience; it’s an … Continue reading “Time Out” For Self-Regulation, Not Punishment
My son is not a fan of other kids. When we go to the park he likes watching the other kids run around, but he doesn’t want to play with them. And that’s okay. We’re working on helping him have fun in a social settings without getting upset at the chaos, noise, and unpredictability of … Continue reading Kindness At The Park.
Mamas, we’ve all heard it before. The concerns of friends and family that we’re running ourselves too thin. The suggestions of how to adjust our lives to get that much needed rest. And with each comment of care I can simultaneously laugh and scream. “You need to make time for you.” “Sleep when the baby … Continue reading Why “Self Care” Is A Bunch Of Bull For Special Needs Moms
Parenting is hard. Parenting a toddler is a whole other level of crazy! When I was pregnant I had it all figured out. I knew how I was going to discipline, what schedule I would have, all the creative and educational games we would play, and all the wholesome, organic food I would prepare for … Continue reading 9 Things I Promised I Would Never Do As A Parent
As parents of children on the spectrum, one of the questions that therapists and physicians constantly ask is if our children have “good eye contact.” This phrase is so very general and somewhat misleading as an important symptom and characteristic of Autism. Eye contact is important, but not the way most people understand. My son … Continue reading The Importance Of Eye Contact For Autistic Children
For many children on the spectrum who receive Occupational Therapy, a Sensory Diet is often suggested to implement into a daily schedule. It’s a weird phrase for relatively complex theory, so let me break it down. When you wake up in the morning, you have a routine. Maybe you hit snooze a few times (or … Continue reading What Is A Sensory Diet
(photo credit: Bia) Every challenge, every stim, every meltdown we have worked through and helped my son learn how to feel comfortable with himself and the world around him. Sometimes, a few weeks or months after we have worked through a challenge, it would suddenly reappear. Then I fear regression. I feel like all our … Continue reading No Man Ever Steps In The Same River Twice.