MANAGING STRESS

Dear Parents, take care of yourselves.

Heading into a new year The other day, I read a Facebook post that said, “I am returning 2021 since I had a seven day grace period to return it without any questions asked.” I laughed when I read that, but it also got me thinking about how much daily stress people experience; and how […]

All the good in this world

In light of this pandemic, financial woes and other struggles, 2 thoughts come to mind: 1) Self-care needs to be a priority. and 2) There is still a lot of good in this world. Self-care is about doing something you love, something to help you decompress from the stress of work and life. Next time […]

Caring as a family

Growing up When I was younger, my family cared for a boy with severe non-verbal autism. He was a sweet boy. I consider myself very fortunate to have grown up with a brother like him. It wasn’t always easy though. Caring for him was no solo effort on my parents’ part, it was a family […]

5 Stress-Relief Tips for Caregivers

5 Stress-Relief Tips for Caregivers Caregivers of children with autism experience high levels of stress……… Caregivers of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) experience increased stress and more significant negative caregiving consequences than those with typically developing children (Adib, et al., 2019).Many research studies have proven that this is true.As a caregiver to two sons […]

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 […]

Lowering Stress with Fractals- 4 Fun Activities

Fractals are geometric patterns that repeat at increasingly small scales. Research shows that people find fractals visually pleasing and that they can also reduce stress. Here are four ways that you and your family can discover fractals and use them to develop new coping skills together: 1- Explore fractals in nature Fractals can be found […]

Airports Adding Sensory Rooms Across the US

It is extremely exciting to see the changes and accommodations for our children and autistic adults. Traveling brings an abundance of sights, visual business, noises, smells, bumping into others, movement and stress. Families often avoid travel since children can become quickly overwhelmed. Today, we would like to highlight the Pittsburgh airport’s sensory room. The best […]

Caregiver Support Group TONIGHT 8/19/19

Join us tonight for our weekly caregiver support group.   This support group is held every Monday from 8-9 pm EST. Access the live online support group at: https://zoom.us/j/965226211 Tonight’s Topic:  Sensory and Behavior   Your group moderator is Cara Koscinski. She’s the parent to two sons with autism. Cara is also a pediatric occupational […]

Caregiver Support Group TONIGHT 8/5/19

Join us tonight for our weekly caregiver support group.   This support group is held every Monday from 8-9 pm EST. Access the live online support group at: https://zoom.us/j/965226211 Tonight’s Topic:  Fathers Only   Your group moderator is Cara Koscinski. She’s the parent to two sons with autism. Cara is also a pediatric occupational therapist […]