Cultivating Care Within Problem Behavior While Serving People For the last few months, my family has had to make some really tough medical decisions with and for a beloved family member. Like many people, we are faced with caring for ourselves, our children, and loved ones at different points in their lives. It's made me … Continue reading For The Sake of Human Dignity
Why Pruning Matters... My favorite flowers are Tulips. But I especially love Peonies and Hydrangeas. Fortunately, #TraderJoes keeps a nice stock of fresh flowers and I travel there almost weekly. Though I love flowers, I am a *clears throat * low activity individual when it comes for the care that fresh flowers require. On my … Continue reading Being the Same Will Not Do
How Exposure, Opportunity, and Experience make a Difference in Teaching Concepts I'm using this Saturday morning, taking a brief break from studying, and watching the movie "Hardball" with Keanu Reeves. It's a story of redemption for Keanu as he is tasked to coach an inner city youth baseball team. True to life, he eventually learns … Continue reading NEVER BEEN TO A BASEBALL GAME
How We Set Up Children With Autism and Behavior Challenges to Fail Today I watched a child answer questions accurately, give great answers, generate a story all the while his shoes were off, he was jumping out of his seat every three seconds, and making silly faces. Focusing and marveling at his ability to multi-task … Continue reading The Burden of Challenging Behavior for Children with Autism
Living Free. Tips for Parents of Children with Special Needs or Otherwise. I have a two year old. My two year old listens. Sometimes he doesn't. But on this particular day, he was doing all the right things. Walking. Hands to himself. Not running. Quiet voice. Following a parent. What happened? We had been sitting in church … Continue reading THE REAL RESPONSE TO PEOPLE WHEN THEY CRITICIZE YOUR CHILD, YOUR PARENTING
I SEE YOU. I see you is an African greeting that is more than a hello. It is the soul saying to another that I am taking the time to pause and really see your eyes as the soul's window and allowing the two souls to communicate. I See YOU. Whenever I think about inclusion … Continue reading INCLUSION.
CHANGING YOUR CHILD'S THERAPY TEAM WHEN THEY NO LONGER WORK FOR YOU Making the switch is a tough decision. If you are like me, you are committed and loyal to your relationships and have a hard time switching and moving on. But, sometimes it is completely necessary. And the top reason to move on is … Continue reading THE COURAGE TO CHANGE
Tips for Getting a Toddler with ASD Birthday Party Ready I have a two year old. My wonderful boy takes time to warm up to new places and people. I secretly pray he holds his observation, taking time, and “taking it in” parts of his personality through to his adulthood. I have had the opportunity … Continue reading EQUAL OPPORTUNITY BIRTHDAY PARTY FUN INCLUDING AUTISM
es I said Inclusion can hurt. It can be downright painful. And that's truth. The old saying "Nothing Good Comes Easy" can definitely be applied toward the process of including. And each year, things change (teachers, therapists, kids, the social dynamic increases). Inclusion in the early years is not as much of a challenge than when hitting second and third grade.
This week was the season premiere of one of the shows I have a like/love relationship with: Parenthood on ABC. My love relationship is because its good TV. My like relationship is because I can’t stop being a therapist when I watch it. So true to form, I must provide lessons and strategies for playground … Continue reading Autism on the Playground