Is Camel Milk the New Must Have Milk?

Oasis Camel Dairy Tour

What are the benefits of drinking camel milk? Some scientists, doctors, and researchers say it may be used as a possible treatment for diabetes, people with autism, for those with severe food allergies, cancer, Crohn’s, MS, and autoimmune system disorders.  While I don’t believe any one thing is a magical cure, it would be nice if camel milk can help relieve some people’s symptoms and I’m …

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Our Autism Animal Psychic Adventures

Our Autism Animal Psychic Adventures

When my son was about five years old, he proclaimed he was an animal psychic. This was written on all his evaluations prior to entering first grade, including the Speech Language therapist, the OT, the school psychologist, and the resource special education teacher.  Each team member had met with him individually and documented his declaration that he could mentally talk to animals.  He was adamant …

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Pinocchio-ish Fish Trap: Parents Caught in a Lie

Pinocchio Fish: Parents Caught in a Lie

We did what many parents do, bought our child a goldfish.  My son named him Nemo, and stared at the little fishbowl for hours. And then it died. Since my son is on the autism spectrum and has severe anxiety, he was seeing a psychologist weekly.  He had been obsessing about death, more specifically a phobia that I would die, and so the therapist advised us …

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Are Your Expectations Realistic?

Autism Expectations

I’ve exploring habits and why we do the things we do on a regular basis. Basically, what we choose to spend our time doing.  And most importantly, how do we teach lifelong habits to our kids?  Is it even possible? I’ve often caught myself getting frustrated with my child for not doing what I continuously ask him to do. 1. Take the clean, folded laundry …

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Autism and Afraid of the Dark

Autism and Afraid of dark

Parent Question from Anonymous: My child with autism is deathly afraid of the dark.  Is it okay for him to sleep with the light on all night? Answer by Lindsey Biel, OTR/L Yes, do leave the light on all night for your child as you help him to overcome his fear of the dark. While research shows that people sleep best with little to no …

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His Own Private Trail – A Stimming Story

Stimming Autism

My son is a pacer.  He stims by running back and forth, sometimes for hours. His right hand swings around similar to a baseball pitcher without a ball. And he makes a whooshing sound, breathing wildly, much like a horse as he canters.  A dirt path runs through the grass from countless foot steps. It’s his own private trail he’s blazed. Sometimes I’ll watch him …

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From Eye Contact to Eye Rolling

Eye Contact

The Evolution of Visual Social Skills First, let me start with why eye contact is important.  In the United States and many other Western Cultures, looking a person in the eyes is a sign of respect.  It signals that you are listening to the person speaking to you, giving them your attention, showing interest, appreciation, and understanding.  For our kids on various points of the …

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Why Family Game Night Matters

Is your child’s team working on appropriate responses?  Would you like your child to be able to wait till you’re off the phone to speak to you? Does your child have meltdowns when they don’t win? Break out the Yahtzee! I’m a huge advocate for Family Game Night because it’s a time for families to bond, and a fantastic learning device.  Play is a fundamental …

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Finding Our Peace With Autism

Autism Peace Love

Hello Autism When my son was first diagnosed, autism consumed our world, swallowing us whole.  It has been over a decade, and autism is still here, but we’ve gotten our lives back, albeit a different path than we had intended.  Looking back, autism arrived so suddenly and unexpected, it was jolting to say the least.  It was in that instant that everything changed. Acceptance While …

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