Why It’s Actually Good to Take a Therapy Break

Taking a therapy break doesn’t have to be scary

By the time I’d been a mother for four years, my two boys had received more diagnoses than I had fingers on my hands. And before I knew it, my life revolved around therapies and appointments for both boys. When I wasn’t taking the kids to an appointment, I was researching what else I could be doing to help them. Would another type of therapy or specialist be the answer?

I was struggling with anxiety and depression, but I kept on, determined to do everything in my power to help my boys.

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Alleviate Your Sensory Challenges with This Tool!

Homeschooling is great for alleviating sensory challenges

We homeschool in part for Cub to have a positive sensory environment so he can focus on learning and not on the sensory challenges he’d have in a traditional classroom. We also make an effort to participate in learning opportunities in our community when we can.  By controlling our sensory diet we can work on his coping skills when we are out and about, facing sensory challenges.

Cub’s Autism shows itself strongly with his sensory sensitivities, things like loud noises and busy crowded spaces can be overwhelming and make him easily agitated and anxious. We have learned many ways we can help him control his sensory input from working with an Occupational Therapist.  Through trial and error, we found the ones that work the best for Cub.

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How ADHD Impacts Social Skills & Easy, Practical Tips

Do you have an ADHD child and find they need help socially?

Especially the importance of having social skills?  Explaining to children with ADHD what personal space is, talking out of turn, making & keeping friends? Well, ladies & gents, you’re definitely not the only ones. It is so hard explaining and teaching them social skills in enough time that holds their attention. My son has ADHD and it’s definitely been a challenge teaching and showing him the importance of having social skills.

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5 Easy Ways to Add Therapy to Your School Day

A million therapy tasks, with little wiggle room in your day

Is the idea of therapy daunting for you?  If you’re just starting your journey with special needs homeschooling, you may be wondering what to expect from therapy.  Here’s what it’s really like to have a kid working with a bunch of therapists.

Speech therapist: “This week I want you to work on smooth sentences using familiar books and poems he can repeat.”

Occupational therapist: “I want you to focus on proper pencil grip and calming techniques for meltdowns this week.”

Physical therapist: “He needs to work on core strength.  Keep working on his animal walks and start doing yoga.”

Me: *silently panicking* HOW ON EARTH am I supposed to fit in all this ‘homework’ for therapy and still get SCHOOL and LIFE done!?!”

Have you been there?

Are you there now?

Fear not!  Here are 5 easy ways to add therapy into your day!

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Social Skills Training for Children on the Spectrum

Yes, you can teach social skills to children with autism

Surprised? Just like every other skill that your child with autism will learn, you will have to think outside the box, work at their developmental level and make it a habit regularly. Those three things will guarantee success with social skills training.

Thinking outside the box simply means you can’t just throw your child into a social situation and hope for the best.  What I have found to be a recipe for success here in Autismland, is to have a working list of skills Logan needs to work on as well as his current developmental level.  This enables me to know what outings we need to have that month to work on specific skills. Yes, I schedule social skill outings into our calendar each week. Social skills training is treated as one of our homeschool subjects.  I can not expect success if I do not give him the proper training. 

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