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

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 are on […]

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 […]

Challenges and Understanding

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 are impacting […]

Conversations with a Friend

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 when discussing his autism, as well […]

Hope For An Independent Future

Parents, how would you respond If your son or daughter surprised you with this question, “I know this sounds really dark, but do you think I have a future?” Personally, I was caught off guard by this question. At the same time, I was curious what my friend meant by it when he asked me. […]

Communication, Communication, Communication

With COVID-19 continuing to be an issue, schools are under constant pressure to reassess whether students will return to meet face to face in the fall. Regardless, there are things that parents and caregivers can be doing while our children are at home with us. The Journal of Behavior Analysis in Practice 1 recently released […]

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 […]

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 […]