The Dark Side of Social Media for Special Needs Parents part 2

Playing the social media comparison game? I've been there and I've seen the other side. Come take a peek and see what I suggest. Special Needs Parent Last week I wrote to you sharing about the Dark side of social media for special needs moms.

Last week I talked about how the silence of social media can be devastating. This week, let’s talk comparison game. I know it’s a problem, because I’ve been there too! How many hours are you wasting scrolling through feeds wondering how it must feel to have average kids and an average life? What would it be like to be able to go anywhere, anytime, and not have to worry about special needs or meltdowns? What would it be like to have a relationship without the extra strain? I’ve let these toxic thoughts take over in the past.  I’ve seen the other side and want to share it with you.

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Fall Leaves Wreaths- Fun Behavior Reinforcement

Looking for a fun and inexpensive craft for fall? Fall leaves wreaths, with just dollar tree supplies, help you decorate AND reinforce positive behavior!

Behavior reinforcement meets fall leaves wreaths

It’s almost fall y’all! Can you just smell the Apple cinnamon? That is my favorite fall scent. Maybe you’re a pumpkin spice kind of gal? Well, either way, I’m sure we’ve got two things in common. First, it’s time to decorate. Second, when are we not working on behavior? I’ve got a cute little craft that checks both of these of my to-do list.

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The Dark Side of Social Media for Special Needs Parents part 1

Special needs parents, have you ever posted something about your child's disability, something important, only to have it ignored? I may know why.The dark side of social media for special needs Parents

This has happened to me many times, so I know it has to have happened to my fellow special needs parents! At least once, but I’m guessing way more. You post a very uncomfortable but important article about your child’s disability. Your post is an effort to educate everyone else or maybe ask for some prayer and support. Then minutes, hours, days later… crickets. No likes, no shares, no comments. Yet, all the other things you posted over the last few days have plenty of likes, shares, or comments.  What gives?!

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Why we started having a life skills lessons day

Why I added a life skills lessons day to our week: Halfway through our second homeschool year, I realized I put too much emphasis on traditional learning.

Our first year of homeschool had basically zero life skills lessons in it.

I was so freaked out our first year of homeschooling, that all I could think about was making sure I hit every standard and goal.  Let’s just survive this year without killing each other mode. Raise your hand if that was you too! 😉 Then I got to thinking, “Is my kid going to need to know every single scientific fact that we are learning?Maybe. “Is he going to need to be prepared to live on his own?” Hopefully. Realistically, I think my son will live on his own one day and I want him to be prepared for that.  If you suspect your kids will be on their own one day, are you teaching them that way?  If not, there is help for you here!

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Moving beyond echolalia

My son overcame echolalia using a tip from our BCBA. She explained that some children can overcome it by being trained the same way you train a parrot?!

Do you have a child with echolalia?

As I’ve mentioned elsewhere in the blog, my son started out with two words that he subsequently lost, and he became nonverbal for a season of his life. We were fortunate to start early intervention very young and have a very good response to it. We were stuck, however, with echolalia for quite a while. I understand that it’s easier than nonverbal, as far as giving your child a voice and helping them to be heard. I was grateful for him to have any words at all, even if they were echolalic. The thing was, he still often ran into communication difficulties that would cause meltdowns.

As I’ve said, I’m just a special needs mom, a homeschooler, sharing what works for us in case it can also be something that works for you. So here goes, I am going to share what help my son overcome echolalia in case it can help you too…

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