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Christmas Shopping on a Tight Budget

Christmas Shopping on a Tight Budget

The best memories that children remember are not about the gifts received, but how they spent time with family.  If your child is on the Autism spectrum or has sensory difficulties, the holiday experiences may be a bit different. Loud music, bright lights, and clothing with scratchy tags are all factors that can put a damper on Christmas morning. Not to mention, the rising costs of gifts are becoming nearly impossible for families to afford. With the cost of raising a family, not budgeting for the holidays may affect household finances all year long. So, how do you manage Christmas Shopping…
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Jiobit GPS Device Review | Autism Parenting

Jiobit GPS Device Review | Autism Parenting

GPS Trackers are becoming more and more a part of everyday life.  For special needs parents, a gps tracker can actually mean the difference between life and death.  That being said, there are so many tracking devices on the market. It is hard to know which one to pick.  When it comes to a device that solely tracks, Jiobit GPS tracker is an amazing option! Disclaimer: We recently got a chance to try out Jiobit in exchange for our honest review.   The following is our review: Jiobit The Worlds Smallest and Longest Lasting GPS Tracker for Kids Jiobit is a…
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Making a Difference: The Light Side, Autism with a Spark of Humor

Making a Difference: The Light Side, Autism with a Spark of Humor

Today, I'm going to share with you about an up and coming company that is fighting to make a difference in the unemployment rates of autistic adults.  A mom and son team, The Light Side, Autism With A Spark Of Humor is working on that goal while bring a huge smile to your face. Check it out! The Light Side, Autism with a Spark of Humor Celeste Losito is a former speech language pathologist and a mom oof three, including her amazing 14-year-old autistic son named Joey.  Though she had an amazing career, she was working so much that she…
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Mightier Update and Mightier Starter Program Giveaway!

Mightier Update and Mightier Starter Program Giveaway!

A couple months ago I shared with you guys about an awesome emotional regulation tool called Mightier.  Our daughter has been doing absolutely amazing ever since starting, and even asks to play it! Mightier is a program that helps kids learn to self-regulate on their own.  They learn this through video games, which is pretty much the one guaranteed platform kids are willing to try!  While this works for any kid, my interest lies in the benefits for children with autism and children with ADHD. Both of our 10 year old and 12 year old tried it, but my major focus…
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Popcorn For the People | Combating Unemployment of Autistic Adults

Popcorn For the People | Combating Unemployment of Autistic Adults

Popcorn For the People Combating Unemployment of Autistic Adults Unemployment rates for Autistic adults is at a staggering 80-90% nationwide!  That number is ridiculous, but thankfully there is an amazing nonprofit that is working to combat unemployment of autistic adults.  That organization is Popcorn For The People! Popcorn For The People  In order to combat unemployment of autistic adults, Popcorn for the People train and hire workers with autism to cook, package and sell gourmet popcorn.  These include amazing flavors such as Cookies n' Cream, Chocolate Espresso, French Toast, and much more! Popcorn for the People is a non profit organization. …
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Why Autism Educators Need To Embrace Electronic Data Collection

Why Autism Educators Need To Embrace Electronic Data Collection

Why Autism Educators Need To Embrace Electronic Data Collection No matter the industry you’re in, electronic data can help lead to more accurate results. Let’s look at a quick example, a blast from the past if you will. Who remembers filling out line plots in math class back in the day? Nothing was more frustrating than doing all your calculations and marking all your points, only to find out you did not create the graph as intended. If only back, then we had some technological tool that could pull data, generate charts, and perform an accurate analysis’... In today’s day…
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How to Get an Autistic Child to Sleep

How to Get an Autistic Child to Sleep

How to Get an Autistic Child to Sleep Sleep problems are common amongst autistic children with an estimated 50 to 80 percent experiencing trouble falling and staying asleep. Autistic children are more likely to have secondary diagnoses that directly and indirectly affect their sleep cycle. Consequently, medications may get in the way too.  This leaves many parents and caregivers asking the question: How to Get an Autistic Child to Sleep. Autism and Sleep Autism can influence the sleep cycle in any number of ways. For example, the differences in the autistic brain may contribute to irregular circadian rhythms. Circadian rhythms control all…
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Why Sending My Son To A Residential School Was The Best Decision I Made

Why Sending My Son To A Residential School Was The Best Decision I Made

Why Sending My Son To A Residential School Was The Best Decision I Made Post written by Miriam Slozberg, Blogger at MomCrib My son, who is 14 years old, is not like the average teenager. Most 14-year-old boys are already thinking about dating, may still have an interest in collecting comic books, baseball cards, or anything else of that nature. They are also quite independent when it comes to walking to the closest store, or making their own microwavable dinners. Some even cook, and many like to hang out with their friends. My son is different. He still has a…
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How to know when your adult child with special needs is ready to live independently

How to know when your adult child with special needs is ready to live independently

two friends with disability in rehabilitation center, watching digital tablet How to know when your adult child with special needs is ready to live independently By Christy Clawson, Wondermoms.org All parents have dreams for their kids.  A good job, a loving relationship, personal success, and independence. It's no different for those of us whose children have disabilities. It may not happen on a typical timetable, but many young adults with autism, Down syndrome, and other special needs do reach a point where they’re able to move out on their own. How do you know when – or if – your…
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Autism Bullying- Protecting Autistic Children From Bullies

Autism Bullying- Protecting Autistic Children From Bullies

Autism Bullying- Protecting Autistic Children From Bullies As a parent to a child on the autism spectrum, chances are that your child may have already experienced bullying in one form or another. Children  with ASD are especially vulnerable to bullying according to a report by the Interactive Autism Network (IAN)  It is believed that nearly two-thirds of children on the spectrum have fallen victim to bullies at school. It has also been established that they are, in fact, nearly three times more likely to be bullied than their neurotypical peers. Children with Autism tend to have difficulty standing up for themselves something…
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Getting Organized as an Autism Parent

Getting Organized as an Autism Parent

Getting Organized as an Autism Parent As any parent can tell you, there are endless amounts of activities and planning when it comes to having children.  When it comes to autism parenting, getting organized can be an even bigger challenge!   It can be extremely hard to keep track of all the appointments, medications, classes, after school activities, and everything else!  Getting organized as an autism parent is tough! Getting organized as an autism parent is a challenge I face on a daily basis. Having four children of my own, three of which are on the autism spectrum, means I…
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Are People with Autism Affected by Addiction?

Are People with Autism Affected by Addiction?

Are People with Autism Affected by Addiction? By Daniel Factor of The Recovery Village Autistic people deal with a lot of stress in a given day. Their minds work differently, so their reactions will be unique to their condition and personality.  Paying attention to so many details, autistic individuals  may not realize that they're falling into addictive behaviors.  So, are people on the autism affected by addiction? Loved ones might miss out on the clues too. Autistic individuals are affected by addiction in distinct ways.  Researchers are carefully narrowing down the hows and whys. Today we will discuss how people…
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Sensory Chew Toys For Children With Autism

Sensory Chew Toys For Children With Autism

Sensory Chew Toys For Children With Autism  Many autistic children find oral stimming a part of their everyday routine.  This goes the same for autistic adults (I find myself chewing on a pen daily!).   When it comes to finding the right (and safe) items to use a chewie, it is hard to know where to start.    In order to find some of the best chewerly out there, I have created the Ultimate Oral Motor Tools Round Up.  Chewies & Chewy Jewelry for every need! Where to find Chew Toys For Oral Stimming Thankfully there are a number of chew…
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Encouraging autistic children’s interests can help them throughout life

Encouraging autistic children’s interests can help them throughout life

Encouraging autistic children’s interests can help them throughout life By Jane Eyres “People with autism tend to be more all-or-nothing than most people: something is either absolutely not interesting or absolutely fascinating.” https://www.ambitiousaboutautism.org.uk/understanding-autism/behaviour/obsessions-and-special-interests This quote on the fascination that autistic children can feel for certain subjects or activities hits the nail on the head. Parents can sometimes worry when their child’s interests are extremely focused.  Being knowledgeable about a subject can actually be a great strength for autistic children. There have been some really neat studies when it comes to autistic children's interest.  When invited to join clubs focused on a topic…
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Autism and Halloween | Why is Halloween hard for children with Autism?

Autism and Halloween | Why is Halloween hard for children with Autism?

Fall is officially here.  The trees have all started changing colors and pumpkins decorate the neighborhoods.  Halloween will soon be here.  For many children, this is an exciting time of year.  They get to dress up in fun costumes, get free candy, and all sorts of fun activities.  But for children with Autism, Halloween may not be fun at all.  So, why is Halloween hard for children with autism? My children love the concept of Halloween.  Little man love pumpkins, spiders, ghosts, and all things that go bump in the night! My youngest daughter is so creative, so she always…
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Autism: Public Restrooms and Sensory Issues

Autism: Public Restrooms and Sensory Issues

A major aspect of autism is sensory-based triggers.  My son doesn't notice many things around him. Our youngest daughter, on the other hand, many things can trigger her. Most of the time, it's a change in schedule or routine.   When thinking of possible triggers, public restrooms are a definite trigger for sensory issues. Autism: Public Restrooms and Sensory Issues Today’s random trigger was the automatic flushing toilets at the mall. We don't go to the mall very often this time we decided to go to an outside mall when we got there I decided to take the kids to the…
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Incontinence and Autism | Tips for Parents & Caregivers

Incontinence and Autism | Tips for Parents & Caregivers

Incontinence is a condition that affects people of all ages.  Incontinence can be difficult and embarrassing to deal with,no matter the age or reason. Helping a child with a disability, like autism, learn to manage incontinence can be especially challenging. We have had a ton of first hand experience when it comes to incontinence in our home.  There are a lot struggles well beyond potty training that can lead to incontinence.  When it comes to a person with autism spectrum disorder, these are just a few of the factors that can play a part: Not being able to express need to…
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The Play Project Autism – A New Approach to Early Intervention

The Play Project Autism – A New Approach to Early Intervention

The Play Project - A New Approach to Early Autism Intervention When your child is first diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, your world feels like a blur.  With all these recommended first steps, new emotions,  balancing acts with insurances and finances, its hard to know which way is up!  ABA is one of the first therapies suggested, but it is expensive, and the wait lists are extremely long.  What if I told you there is a new approach to early intervention for autism that works, is fun, engaging for the parents as well as child, and affordable?  Well guess what,…
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Autism on the Go: Making Travel Easier and Fun!

Autism on the Go: Making Travel Easier and Fun!

Family vacations make memories that last a lifetime.  Going to see big shows, theme parks, and new restaurants are so fun for so many!  But when you have autism, travel is not easy. Everything is unpredictable, new, and can be quite scary! The great folks over at City Catt have teamed up with IBCCES and making travel easier for autistic children From personal experience, I can tell you travel can be a nightmare with autistic children!  We have learned to accommodate pretty well, but hiccups are bound to happen. When you’ve never been to a place before, it’s pretty hard to prepare…
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The Power of Scent: Best Essential Oils For People With Autism

The Power of Scent: Best Essential Oils For People With Autism

The Power of Scent: Best Essential Oils For People With Autism Living with autism certainly comes with its set of challenges. You’ll have a hard time focusing on tasks. You’re hypersensitive and you have difficulties dealing with certain situations. People with autism are often anxious because of their emotional sensitivity. For example, running out of toothpaste or being cut off by another driver can cause you to continue losing focusing when working on your tasks for the rest of the day. People who have autism have more heightened emotional reactions compared to the rest of us. Small things like loud…
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