Teen Monster
Seat belts and Sensory Processing Disorder
Social Skills The Jeffersons
Inclusion Matters
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Use Senses To Keep Kids Present

Jackie - August 25, 2016
Kids Stay Present

Keep Kids Present Some kids and teenagers on the autism spectrum are always planning ahead.  Okay, I’m always planning ahead too, but I’ve gotten better at being present.  You know, practicing the ancient saying, “Be Here Now.”  But how do you help your kiddos enjoy the moment? Our Awakening Recently, we went on vacation to Safari West, a 400 acre animal sanctuary where you can …

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Sounds Teens with SPD Find Annoying AF

Jackie - August 24, 2016
Sounds Teens with SPD Find Annoying AF

Sound sensitivity is a legit problem for teens with SPD.  Wonder what’s got your teen so grouchy?  Maybe they’re agitated from the constant whir of the air conditioner.  Or maybe the hair dryer is like nails on a chalkboard for them and their head hurts from the noise.  Don’t forget, the sounds aren’t just annoying AF, for teens with SPD noises can be painful. Be …

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When Guests Stay Too Long

Jackie - August 24, 2016
Guests Stay Too Long

When guests stay too long, my kiddos get overwhelmed.  And I do too!  I love my friends and family, but we can only handle short visits. By short I mean a few hours.  Maybe four hours tops, but that’s pushing it.  We enjoy having guests over.  Barbecuing.  Swimming.  Watching Movies.  Dinner parties. Playdates. You name it.  But what do you do when your guests won’t …

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Transitioning to High School

Jackie - August 24, 2016
autism high school

We did it!!!  We officially have a teenager on the autism spectrum successfully enrolled in High School.  As an autism mom, I know that school transitions are tough, and I was particularly concerned about transitioning to High School. What did we find helpful for transitioning to High School?  Let me tell you know.  Prepare, prepare, prepare.  Summer School – we opted for summer school to …

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Seat Belts and SPD

Jackie - February 24, 2016
Seat belts and Sensory Processing Disorder

My seat belt is squeezing me!  I feel car sick! How to keep your kids comfortable and safe. You probably haven’t spent too much time thinking about your car’s seat belts, that is, until you have a child with SPD and seat belts may become an issue. In fact, if you have a child or loved one with special needs, seat belts can become not …

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I Tried Sensory Yoga for Kids!

Jackie - February 1, 2016
Sensory Yoga for Kids

Sensory Yoga for Kids: Therapeutic Movement for Children of All Abilities by Britt Collins MS, OTR/L If you are unsure about yoga, or find all those pretzel poses intimidating, this book is for you.  Yoga has been around for 5000 years, so while no yoga book necessarily has new information, I found the bits of yoga practice provided to be a perfect, digestible amount, along with …

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