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Addressing your child’s processing funnel

The processing funnel Oftentimes, as parents, our knee jerk reaction may be to address processing related “symptoms” instead of the root issue. When it comes to processing deficits, it can be important to take a step back and address sensory the issues your child is experiencing and learning to work through. Understanding sensory sensitivity: When […]

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 […]

Helping your child tell their story

A story’s value Id like to start with a quote: All of these stories make me who I am. But to insist on only the negative stories is to flatten my experience and to overlook the many other stories that formed me. The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that […]

Engaging in early intervention

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. What to look out for […]

Recent ASD Breakthrough

Announcing: Clarifi ASD Clarifi ASD, an emerging biotech firm, discovered that children with autism have a unique epigenetic signature; similar to those who are considered Neurotypical. This testing method works by analyzing the saliva of children who are suspected of having autism. What they’ve discovered: The average age of an autism diagnosis comes between the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Conversations with a friend

Discussing the autism diagnosis with others I recall having a conversation with a friend of mine about how he felt when or if we discussed his autism. For some reason, this was the first time we had such an open conversation about his diagnosis. My friend let me know about some personal experiences he had […]

Technology as a blessing

Last week, I got to see the picture of my newest grandson about one minute after he was born.

Of course, to me, he is the most beautiful little boy in the world.

When I saw his picture for the first time, I remember that 33 years ago, when our daughter was born, we didn’t have iPhones to take pictures in the delivery room to send to parents, brothers, sisters and friends. We couldn’t put her picture on Facebook, because Facebook still didn’t exist and we didn’t even have computers or smartphones to do it on.

Our newfound reliance on technology

Fast forward to 2020, we have technology that makes the picture of a birth appear in texts and emails within seconds after the birth. We no longer get congratulations cards in the mail, but now congratulations are sent via the comments on a Facebook page.

I mention this because as life moves on, we become more reliant on technology. Certainly, we must make sure that those who can’t afford a computer, access to the internet and smartphones are not left behind, but as my grandfather used to say… the horse has left the barn.

I think back when my son was diagnosed with autism and my wife and I tried to find information on the somewhat new internet. What was available was not a lot. Where to turn for information required numerous calls and required constant checking to see if the person being called could help us and our son.

How myHana helps parents in the digital age

Today, the internet provides instantaneous information and when you type the word “autism” into google, thousands of options appear. Don’t we wish there was just one centralized and trustworthy site where we all got the same reliable information?

MyHana is today’s answer to questions like… Where do I turn to when I need to find out how to help my child? How can I easily navigate the autism service system and get help? What services are subsidized or available at no cost? How do I become my child’s best advocate? As my child gets older, how can I help him or her be his or her best advocate?

MyHana has been developed for ease of use. It includes easy to understand ways to best help your child. It is today’s answer to all the when’s, how’s, why’s, and where’s when it comes to your child’s care.

I could continue to talk about what has changed in 33 years; but, I’ve got to FaceTime with my daughter so I can visit with my newest grandson.

Sincerely,

Scott Badesch

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