WHAT TO DO

Engaging in Early Intervention

For many parents, realizing that your child may receive an autism diagnosis can be difficult and or surprising, but it doesn’t have to be. Substantial efforts have been made to frame a roadmap for parents as they begin to navigate the possibility that their child may be Neurodiverse. According to Gentles, Nicholas, Jack, McKibbon, & […]

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 […]

What is a Visual Support?

We often hear about visual supports and schedules for children and adults with autism. A visual schedule is made up of pictures or objects representing events that happen during a time period. For example, the task of brushing teeth can be broken down into steps: Get out toothbrush and toothpaste Open the cap on the […]

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 […]

What To Do After An Autism Diagnosis

When your child receives a diagnosis of autism, you will feel a wide range of emotions. I understand. Both of my own sons were diagnosed with autism within a year of each other. In my heart, I always knew something was a bit off with my boys’ development, but the official diagnosis brought both relief, […]

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 […]

Autism Safety Guide

The Organization for Autism Research (OAR) has developed a safety guide for families raising a child on the autism spectrum. The guide addresses the following: Creating a safety plan; Safety network development; Prevention and management of wandering and elopement behaviors; Relationship, physical, and sexual safety discussions; Strategies to address bullying and online threats; Tips on […]

8 Skills to Teach Your Child (Video)

(4.5 min) Autism advocate Paul Hoover discusses simple yet often overlooked skills to teach you child on the spectrum. Prefer to listen?