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Freebie Friday: July 4th Social Story

Summer is jam-packed with fun and exciting things to do, including the biggest birthday celebration ever, the Fourth of July! But while many of us look forward to the fairs and fireworks that happen all over the country, children on the autism spectrum can have...

Promoting Independence

It’s easy for us parents of autistic children to just do everything for them.  Let’s face it, teaching children independence whether or not they’re on the spectrum is time consuming. But it’s so important to take the time to do it.  I used to do everything for Mazy...

Food For Thought.

Food refusal is a common concern with young children.  Many children with autism or other developmental disorders tend to eat an extremely narrow range of foods.  What is it about autism that often makes children resistant to eating a normal and varied diet?  We know...

Freebie Friday: Words vs tantrum.

Is your kiddo having a hard time transitioning?  Anxious?  Needs help with functional communication? Functional communication training is based on the idea that problem behaviors may be a form of communication.  It aims to teach people with autism to use other forms...

Freebie Friday – Let’s wash those hands!

Some of the easiest task can be the most challenging for our kiddos.  Hand washing with soap consistently at critical moments during the day prevents the spread of diseases.  With the flu going around, we put extra emphasis on washing our hands properly.  We created a...

New Year, New Deductible? Check out these grants!

Here is a list of charities that award grants to parents in need of financial support for therapy.  Check them out!   Mason Grant http://www.masonichometx.org/#autism Act Today http://www.act-today.org/act-today-grant-program.php UHC (United Healthcare) www.uhccf.org...

Freebie Friday – How about some chores?

​ Don’t underestimate your child — independence can start early at home! As kids get older, the more independent they become every day, so let's encourage this in lots of ways. One​ way to encourage asking them to do more simple chores around the house​ is putting...

Birthday Party Win for Mom!

Finally. Birthday parties have not been my favorite. I end up sweating more than all the kiddos because I'm either chasing after my son, re-directing him or correcting his behavior. Birthday parties are exhausting. I've had my nanny attend some of them with me so she...