If You Could Heal Autism…

If you could heal autism, Would You Want to Heal Your Child’s Autism?

One of my most treasured friends and I were sitting on our back porch, soaking up the warm Hawai’i weather and watching our kids play when this topic came up. She and I were admiring his quirkiness and amazing abilities.  She told me that he was one of the neatest little people she had ever met, and I emphatically agreed.  At the time, he was still struggling quite badly with Echolalia, but he never struggled to put a grin on your face!  My friend paused and essentially asked, “If you could heal his Autism, just wave a wand, would you?”

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Going to a Funeral Social Story

Do you Need a funeral social story?

Worried about going to a funeral or memorial? I heard from a friend recently that she had a close friend pass away unexpectedly.  It was quite the shock, and he was the father of her son’s best friend.  She was looking for a memorial or funeral social story to help him think about what it was going to be like, and how he should act with his friend (daughter of the deceased).

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10 Things I wish I knew as New Special Needs Mom

When the diagnosis comes, and your world changes… 

I’ve been there too as a new special needs mom.  Even though I had a sense of certainty that my son would have Autism, when he was born I allowed a little part of myself to hope that I was just overthinking things. Nagging little red flags that made me wonder continued to be dismissed.  However, the feeling thoroughly twisting my insides never dissipated.  Many google searches later, when my son was 13 months old, I called my mom.

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“Things to know about: __________” at-a-glance child information sheets

child information sheets for Leaving your kids in the care of others

Have you ever had a hard time leaving your kids with babysitters, gym daycares, Sunday school teachers?  Trying to explain their diagnosis, or how to manage their behaviors, etc… Information overload.  If you manage to remember everything you meant to say, will they even remember any of it when the chaos strikes?  It can be frustrating for you, your child, and the person left in charge.  These child information sheets can help!

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Why I decided to homeschool my child with High Functioning Autism

Choosing to homeschool my child with high functioning Autism

To homeschool my child with High Functioning Autism was not a decision to which I easily arrived.  However, when your child isn’t average, their schooling might not look very average either.  Aging out of Early Intervention, at age 3, meant we would need to be included in public pre-k, or wait 2 more years (without services) hoping there were no regressions.  Being accepted into special education was a hard-fought battle.  When you have a child with High Functioning Autism, they tend to not qualify academically, or even under the autism diagnosis.

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