Sitting Alone in a Special Need’s World.

Jonathan’s mom and I had coffee this morning.  She was talking about how lonely it sometimes feels to parent a special need’s child. You see Jonathan is in high school.  His freshman year.  He is in the gifted program and he loves football. It was the the first game of the season.   Jonathan was so

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

Why Everything Does Not Happen For A Reason

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That phrase. We’ve all received it personally gift-wrapped by well-meaning friends, caring loved ones, and kind strangers. It usually comes delivered with the most beautiful of intentions; a buffer of hope raised in the face of the unimaginably painful things we sometimes experience in this life. It’s a close, desperate lifeline thrown out to…

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

Give me REAL DATA not miracle stories

I get so tired of people selling stuff by providing information about how the product helped one other person.  Or, by providing only part of the story. I have been a special needs parent for over 18 years, give me solid data; not some miracle about one person.  There are over a billion people in this