Cell Phones and Special Needs Teenagers
Teen Monster
Seat belts and Sensory Processing Disorder
Social Skills The Jeffersons
6 heavy work activities

Teenage Fear, Anxiety, and Paranoia

Jackie - September 26, 2016
Teenage Fear

Teenage Fear Temple Grandin says people with autism have a slightly bigger fear box (source). Though we haven’t had a brain scan, my son has lived with constant fear his entire life.  Currently, teenage fear effects EVERY aspect of his life. How he crosses the street. How he navigates through school. What he ruminates about. Why he doesn’t sleep. Everything! Living in constant fear has …

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Cell Phones and Special Needs Teenagers

Jackie - September 19, 2016
Cell Phones and Special Needs Teenagers

Cell Phones and Special Needs Teenagers Teenagers are on social media.  All of them!  Add in developmental or cognitive challenges and social media becomes far more complex. It’s up to the parents to help these kids navigate through this entire world that is inside their phones.  Yes, it seems like an invasion of privacy, but honestly, their safety should come first. Teenagers and Social Media My …

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Healthier Teen Beauty Choices You’ll Love

Jackie - September 12, 2016
Healthy Teen Beauty Options

Teen Beauty Problems! Teenagers with SPD and/or autism want to look and feel their best too. But what if they have the MTHFR gene mutation, or they have sensory sensitivities to products?  How can they look their best without their eyes burning?!?!  Are you concerned about healthier teen beauty choices??? A recent study where 100 Latina teens were tested after just 3 days of using …

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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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