Toilet Training – 20+ suggestions for the child with ASD

As soon as the child is able to balance independently in sitting, make sitting on the toilet part of the everyday routine.  I mean way before potty training.  Start with a closed lid.  I.e. During the morning routine, the child sits on the toilet as you change their pants.  Repeat in the evening.  As greater

Toilet Training and Spina Bifida

Toilet Training, Bowel Programs and UTI’s are one of the most common topics at any Spina Bifida gathering.  Sit in the back of a Spina Bifida Teen Conference, next to the wheelchairs, and one will quickly figure out why.  The nerves that control the bowel and bladder exit the spinal cord at S2-S4.  Therefore, paralysis

Teaching Puzzles – The Skills Needed to Move from Inset to Interlocking

“Marcus dislikes puzzles because they do not interested him!” This is what I recently heard from Marcus’s father. We were involved in puzzle centers and dad was sure Marcus could complete the presented, twenty-four piece puzzles; if he wanted to. They have puzzles at home and Marcus can put those together. Marcus has several puzzle apps

Rethinking Denial

How a medical professional approaches a special needs parent makes or breaks the relationship. I think this article should be read by all medical professionals.  What the medical professional thinks about a family can impact the plan of care that is developed. Phrases like: Parent’s just spoil him/her, It is just behavior, and That parent is