Today’s Friday Freebie is a sample version of my newest 35-page printable packet Making Faces. Making faces is a printable set of worksheets whose aim is to help children manage and identify emotions in themselves and in others.
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Being creative and allowing myself to find beauty in the simple things around me is a sure-fire method of mental self-care for me. It allows me to remember the little things, to practice looking for beauty even when it’s hard, and to express myself when I’m feeling like I’ve been losing who I am. I hear that’s a common frustration for us stay at home and special needs mamas.
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I think it’s pretty universally well known that special needs children can be considered by most to be picky eaters. I know, it’s not so much that they’re just “picky eaters,” but more likely sensory issues and routines adding to the “pickiness.”
Sometimes it’s beyond what we can fix, but I think there’s always a little improvement we can make with our “picky eaters.” Eating healthy can be a struggle for all of us, honestly. As adults, we’re tempted daily by the oodles and gobs of food that present itself to us.
In the blink of an eye, we can literally have almost any food item that we want, delivered right to our front door. Papa John’s recently added GF pizza to their line up, as has Dominoes, so my budget is the only thing keeping me strong there!
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Try homeschool gardening to make learning (and life) a bit more fun
If your kids like learning with hands-on activities, homeschool gardening is a great idea. Now is probably the time to start, no matter where you’re located. Having and planting your own garden is a wonderful way for anyone can have the option to enjoy fresh fruits and veggies straight from their own backyard for many months out of the year.
It’s not only a healthier option, it can actually be quite a money saver as well! Think of the time and money that you can save by literally just walking out to your backyard to grab some veggies for dinner that night rather than hopping in the car and driving to the store. Each time you head to the store, a couple different things happen…
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You’re not alone. How autism affects siblings and their relationship is a common curiosity. After “K’s” diagnosis, it was one of the things I thought about most often. I can’t tell you how many google searches I poured over. A few years later, I chose to write my sociology research paper on the effect of Autism on Neurotypical Siblings (NTs).
How very few research papers I found on the topic back then shocked and saddened me. Most of what I did find had more to do with the autism siblings’ risk of developing the disorder themselves. Fortunately, there’s suddenly a flourishing body of research, which will hopefully continue to grow. So, if you’re curious about the outcomes of autism sibling relationships and ways to help, I’ve got some information to help you.