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Autism and Dance

Autism and Dance

When he dances, he feels free. His mind stops spinning as his feet leave the ground. He leaps, he flies and his world and our world becomes one for a brief moment in time. Autism and dance is something I had never given much thought. Why would I? My son wasn’t able to jump when he was three. He physically could not pick up both …

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Autism and Breaking Up

Autism and Breaking Up

Autism and Breaking up I have broken up with my son’s therapists, schools, and recently an organization.  Why?  Because all relationships run their course and when they’re no longer working, they need to end.  It’s the same with romantic relationships.  Once the love is gone, or has shifted, we often hold on for too long.  It can be detrimental to yourself or your child when …

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Autistic Teenagers and All The Feels…

autistic teenager and Love

Autistic Teenagers and Love When your toddler is diagnosed with autism, you don’t know what to expect.  You don’t know which milestones will be met, if they will be verbal or non-verbal, or what the future holds.  Nobody knows, autistic or not. As an infant, my son with autism hated to be touched, cuddled or kissed.  But mountains of OT and a sensory processing diagnosis …

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Help Your Teenager By Being A Bad Mom

I’m A Bad Mom I let my son blame things on me. He can tell his friends at any time that I’m “making him come home.” If he’s out at a party, or get together, and becomes sensory overloaded or is having extreme anxiety, he can use me to save face with his friends.  Basically, he uses me to excuse himself from the situation.   I’m …

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Autism Moms and Sleep

Autism Moms and Sleep

Autism Moms and Sleep (Or Lack There Of) Where my girls at?  Or shall I say fellow zombies?  Ever feel like you haven’t slept in over a decade?  That’s me. Autism Moms and sleep are two words that don’t often go together. My teenager on the autism spectrum rarely sleeps, so therefore neither do I.  And he sleepwalks…which scares me to death (we have stairs …

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Cell Phones and Special Needs Teenagers

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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Transitioning to High School

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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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Making School Drop Off A Breeze

School Drop Off

By now you’ve settled into your school morning routine.  How’s it going for ya? Do you need some adjustments? Here are some ideas to make your morning run smoothly. Or as smoothly as possible. We are all only human after all. Prepare the night before Everyone suggests this, but are you doing it? If not, I get it. Some nights I just don’t have the …

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13 Lessons I’ve Learned As An Advocate Mom

Advocate Mom Lessons

Not many are prepared to be an advocate for their children, but when the day arrives, you can’t help but learn a lot about yourself as a person. Since I’ve been an advocate for almost 14 years, I wanted to share my experience with those of you who may just be starting your advocating journey. Most of all, trust yourself and know that you can …

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