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 isn't coming from a place of disrespect or disobedience; it's an outburst … Continue reading Time Out For Self-Regulation, Not Punishment
I recently started blogging for Hudson Valley Parent about our journey with Simon, Sailing The Spectrum. I'll be posting weekly about what we've learned in Early Intervention as well as sharing personal stories about the very true side of Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder. I also have a few articles featured in upcoming HV Parent … Continue reading I’m Writing For Hudson Valley Parent Magazine!
Imitation was a super hard skill for us to learn. I'm not sure why but anytime I sang or made a funny face, my son would just look at me puzzled and then get bored and walk away. Like "Mom...you look weird...is that it...okbai." I just couldn't figure out how to help him learn to … Continue reading Using YouTube Videos To Encourage Imitation
Atlanta artisan Caralyn Edwards(Tucker) of Mystic Reflections specializes in creating some of the sweetest fantasy sculptures I have ever seen. Her series of Steampunk animals is my all time favorite and each animal is cuter than the next. From hedgehogs to hippos and everything in between, you'll totally fall in love with these time traveling beasts. … Continue reading The Sweetest Steampunk Animals On Earth
I’ve always prided myself on being an exceptional multitasker. I love having tons of projects going on at the same time. Even when my life becomes stressful and hectic, there’s nothing better that the feeling of relief and accomplishment when I can check off my To-Do list. I’ve always worked 2 or more jobs and … Continue reading I Can’t Do It All.
Some months ago when I was about 7 months prego and totally knew everything about how I was going to parent, I totally and wrongfully judge you, Mama. I saw your little boy, trying so hard to tell you something that he obviously felt was very important and you paid no attention. You responded with … Continue reading To the mama in Target with 3 kids – I’m sorry, I had NO IDEA
My son is always holding something; a toy car, a ball, his blanket, a puzzle piece. We thought it was so adorable that wherever we went, he would find a "treasure" as we called it. The first time we went to a park, he found a tiny piece of tree bark and carried it around all day and then into … Continue reading Grounding Objects
"It takes a village.." and the teachers we have through the Early Intervention program are my village. As a first time mom, I read a ton of books about child development and although doctors say “every child develops at different paces” I constantly checked to make sure my son was reaching his milestones every month. He … Continue reading Early Intervention Is My Village
When we got pregnant, my husband and I decided we were going to teach our child sign language. We learned that before a child is able to physically speak, as in having developed muscle tone and coordination to move the mouth, tongue and breath, they have the hand coordination to sign. And since their little brains are working hard … Continue reading If You Can’t Say It, Sign It
Most of my sons major challenges have to do with his sensory processing: he's both sensory defensive and seeking. Some things are just too much for him to handle; such as super busy public places, most foods, and anything that sticks to his hands (defensive). And some days, his body and mind just need more … Continue reading I’m Not Sensory, You Are.