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 […]

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 […]

Appropriate Expectations

Appropriate Expectations Setting the right expectations for your children in light of their unique circumstance is so important. We want your child to function optimally, just like you do. It’s our hope, that through the use of expert tools and resources your child can progress towards independence. Expectations have the ability to dictate our emotional […]

Slowing things down

Slowing it Down Today’s autism-related processing approach is known as “slowing it down.” This processing approach is similar to “breaking it down,” which we covered previously. Remember, it may be difficult to rush your son or daughter through things like chores, or the morning routine. However, one possible solution to help prevent your child from […]

Breaking-It-Down

Breaking-It-Down Sometimes, tasks and chores need to be broken down into individual steps or pieces. Remember, the processing funnel of your child is susceptible to getting stuck when overwhelmed with too much information. For example, avoid assigning vague or unclear tasks like, “Clean your room up and then you can go play with your friends.” […]

Frontloading

Frontloading Today’s processing friendly tool is known as frontloading. Similar to forecasting, this tool is used to help remind your child of past behavior patterns before setting expectations with them. For example, if your son or daughter gets very hyper when they go to a particular friend of family members house, you might say, “Sarah, […]

Processing Approach 101 for Children with ASD

Processing has to do with the way someone’s brain filters and processes information. For children with ASD and other learning disabilities, the quality of processing is oftentimes slowed down or otherwise impaired. Understanding the processing funnel and related approaches can help you and your child avoid outbursts, communicate more effectively, and learn to process information more efficiently.

5 Listening Habits We All Need to Break

5 Listening Habits We All Need to Break If there are effective ways to listen, there are certainly ineffective ways to listen. Taking the time to listen to your child, and really hear them out is so important. Having worked firsthand with ASD youth, being heard is sometimes all they want. Here are 5 ineffective […]

5 Effective Active Listening Habits for Parents

5 Effective Active Listening Habits for Parents Listening. To be heard. It’s one of the most important things we do as humans. We all love to talk and share stories with one another. Being validated through active listening makes someone feel valued and loved. Being a caregiver, parent, or sibling to someone with autism can […]