How Our Holidays Have Changed Since My Son’s Autism Diagnosis
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How Our Holidays Have Changed Since My Son’s Autism Diagnosis

“I want a roll,” my son said through clenched teeth, anxiously staring at all the food laid out on the table. “Let’s try some turkey too…just a little,” I coaxed, feeling embarrassed that my sister had slaved all day long, making a huge Thanksgiving meal for us, and my son was about to meltdown over…

Getting A Diagnosis For My Child: What I Wish Someone Had Told Me
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Getting A Diagnosis For My Child: What I Wish Someone Had Told Me

Getting A Diagnosis For My Child was not an easy road. This is what I wish someone had told me. I hung up the phone and started to cry. I was alone in my room so that I could speak to the doctor’s office privately. I could hear my son starting to meltdown and my husband…

Sensory Slime Activity For Tactile Defensiveness (and having fun!)
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Sensory Slime Activity For Tactile Defensiveness (and having fun!)

My son has been showing increasing sensory sensitivities for about a year now. He used to be my “seeker.” He would play in the mud (and by play, I mean cover himself from head to toe) anywhere and everywhere. I never had to worry about him not wanting to touch certain things or pick up…

31 Days Of Winter Sensory Activities (for all ages!)
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31 Days Of Winter Sensory Activities (for all ages!)

The weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas are a lot of fun around here. We decorate together. We drink hot chocolate. We watch as many Christmas movies as possible. It’s fun, but it is also overstimulating and anxiety inducing for my boys. The unique sensory experience of the holidays (think Christmas music blaring with an artificial…

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Because Halloween And Autism Can Be Scary

Oh my goodness, Halloween is almost here. Like every year, I am anticipating it with a certain amount of excitement and a certain amount of anxiety. If you don’t have a child on the spectrum or with sensory processing issues, you may think my anxiety is about homemade costumes or sweet decorations. If you do…

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25 Resources for Out of the Box Learning

Parenting children with learning differences can be an immense challenge. For me, part of this challenge is that my sons’ learning differences also (necessarily) mean mothering differences for me. Eating, sleeping, showering, playing and yes, learning – all require a different approach in order for my sons to thrive. I have spent years trying to…