COVID-19

To the New Year

What a year it’s been If you’re anything like me, you can’t wait for 2020 to be over. Needless to say, it has been quite a rollercoaster of a year. All jokes aside, 2020 has been a very challenging year for most of us. We’ve had to learn new ways of getting our work done […]

Connecting

Getting connected: It’s September already and some of the leaves on our property have already began to change colors. For so many of us, like the seasons, we have seen many changes and had to adjust the way we go about living. Fall is usually the season when students head back to school, football games […]

Returning to School

Getting back to school: For most parents with children, this is a time to gear up for the new school year. Of course, as we all know, 2020 has been a very different year. Fortunately, all of my four children are now adults (and I have two beautiful grandchildren). Challenges of remote learning: However, I […]

The Education Question

The current state of education My wife and I have been watching with great interest, the local, state, and national discussions regarding schools re-opening. We recognize the pros and cons of each decision. With that being said, I wonder if the discussion should center on whether or not schools should be open or if we […]

Understanding our challenges

Tough news This past Friday, I learned that a good friend of mine tested positive for the Corona Virus and was put in the hospital. Yesterday, I learned he is not doing well, and his prognosis is not looking good… As I worried about my friend, I also worried about how the horrors of Covid-19 […]

Outdoor Scavenger Hunt

Outdoor Scavenger Hunt Getting outdoors is still allowed during this time of social distancing due to COVID-19…… Families of children and adults with autism know how stressful an unstructured day can be. Remember that you do not have to ‘do schoolwork’ all of the time during social distancing. In fact, experts are recommending that families […]

Routine and Autism

Everyone needs routines… We all keep schedules and calendars to visualize what’s coming next in our lives.  Our children are no different.  Knowing what is coming up and having clear routines bring consistency.  Routines can be strong signals to us that things are fine and in order.  Unfortunately, the Coronavirus and required social distance are […]

5 Tips to Deal with Stress from COVID-19

Uncertain times often bring stress. We understand that news of a global pandemic can bring complicated feelings to both parents and children.  Fear about getting Coronavirus and social isolation may cause hopelessness, fear, panic, and other difficult emotions.  Children with autism can be very sensitive to the news, reactions from adults, and everchanging cancellations from […]

Hand Washing Visual

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website, clean hands save lives! Did you know there are recommended steps to washing the hands effectively?  Here is a great picture giving step-by-step instructions.  Thanks to our friends at the Autism Society of America for the picture guide! Please let us know or comment […]