Teaching a child to tie shoes

Thinking they’ll never tie shoes? Are you stuck with Velcro forever?

I know Velcro isn’t a big deal when they are little…  it’s easy enough to find Velcro shoes at reasonable prices.  When your kid starts to get a little older, it starts getting harder.  Maybe you’ve tried teaching your kids to tie shoes before, and it has ended in screams and tears (yours and theirs).  Before you give up trying, let me first share with you more about what worked for us.

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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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