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 […]

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 […]

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 […]