Things Autism Parents Understand

Do you have an autistic child? If so, your parenting experience may be different than your peers. I’m not talking about the missed milestones or serious struggles you may have. I mean, there are some weird things about raising these kids. Today I’m going to point out a few. Todays’ post is for the autism moms who understand what I’m...

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Sensory Teens: SPD and High Schoolers

Sensory Processing Disorder is one of the reasons we homeschool. My kids have struggled with having a sensory system that worked differently from birth. And those needs don’t magically go away at a certain age. Teens and adults can all have needs that require adjustments due to SPD.

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Babies with SPD: How I survived

I became a mother after I became an occupational therapist, and my knowledge of sensory integration influenced my parenting from day one. Today, I’m going to share some of what I did with my babies when they were very small.

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Hyperlexia

Do you know a child who was obsessed with letters as a toddler and learned to read well before age 5? That child that makes everyone else wonder why their 3 year old can’t read, too? While the assumption might be that the child is just gifted, there is another word for early reading, hyperlexia.

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Understanding Executive Function Disorder

Have you been told that your child has executive function disorder but you don’t really understand what that means? Problems with executive function can occur in people with ADHD, autism, and other learning challenges and be very frustrating for parents and caregivers to understand.

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Is it Neurodiverse or Maladaptive Behavior?

There have been a lot of discussions lately about how we need to honor the neurodiverse brain. And how it just works differently. We are asked to let our children be neurodiverse without labeling their behavior as a problem. But some behaviors are problems. So how do we tell them apart and what do we do about them?

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Time-Out is for Toys

In my child psychology class in college, I was taught the value of time-outs for children.  It was supposed to teach the child control and discipline, resulting in a well-behaved child. But they never seemed to deliver the promised results. Until I stumbled upon a new way to use time-outs.

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