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Fidget Spinners: A Few Things You Should Know About Them

Fidget Spinners: A Few Things You Should Know About Them

School is back in session and that means getting back into a routine.  For children with autism, any change in routine can be extremely rough!  Though we have a 504 plan in place , a new teacher means a new routine.  We have a ton of calming techniques that we have implemented in school, but one thing we have been debating on whether or not to allow her to use fidget spinners. Unless you have been living under a rock for the last year, you have probably heard of fidget spinners.  They are the hugest rage with kids  They have…
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One sister’s view on having two siblings with autism

One sister’s view on having two siblings with autism

Having an autism diagnosis is something that affects the whole family. This goes the same towards other diagnosis such as adhd, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and many more. You occasionally hear about the impact of being a parent to special needs child, but many forget about the siblings. There are many special demands autism has on siblings. So today, I want to talk to you on the affects on children who have siblings with autism In our home, there is an even split of those with autism versus those who do not. Our two youngest children have autism. The affects on…
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Autism and Oral fixation : Understanding Oral Stimming

Autism and Oral fixation : Understanding Oral Stimming

Many children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and sensory processing disorder (SPD) have an oral fixation.  Many times, this results in chewing on clothing and random objects.  For Bean, when her anxiety kicks in she chews on her shirt.  This causes her shirts to be soaked in saliva and can be embarrassing for her at times.  So, what can you do for your child who has autism and oral fixation? Autism and Oral fixation Understanding why they need to chew: The need to chew for many autistic children (and adults) comes from sources such as anxiety, being overstimulated, or even…
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8 Key Things to Know About Autism Spectrum Disorder

8 Key Things to Know About Autism Spectrum Disorder

Two of our children were diagnosed with autism just months apart. When this happened, it made me realize just how little I knew about autism at that time.  Even having a brother with autism did not prepare me for the journey ahead of us.  It was then when The Mom Kind was truly born.    I realized there was a real need for all parents to know about autism spectrum disorder. There are many different forms of resources and support for autism.  Sometimes, the amount of information and different forms of therapies can be overwhelming for a parent to try…
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8 Tips For Dressing Sensory Sensitive Children

8 Tips For Dressing Sensory Sensitive Children

Having three children with autism spectrum disorder, we experience a wide range of symptoms.  There are certain textures that my daughter cannot handle touch at all.  With our son, the very idea of putting a shirt on sends him into a complete meltdown.  Thankfully he is only two right now, but getting dressed is a social norm we will have to help him adjust to. Though it is a process, this sensory issue can be worked through.  Our friend Alex G Forrester has been so gracious as to share his top tips for dressing sensory sensitive children.  Whether your child…
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15 Non Toy Gift Ideas for Autistic Children

15 Non Toy Gift Ideas for Autistic Children

Buying gifts for others can be overwhelming for anyone.  Trying to come up with non-toy gift ideas for autistic children can be extremely difficult!  I understand the want to get children presents though. To see that joy and excitement when they open the presents is worth every penny spent!  But, what do you do when the child isn’t excited about it or overwhelmed by the sheer number of presents?  That is a question that many parents of autistic children face. With having four children, birthday’s and holidays seem to bring an overwhelming number of toys into our home.  While the…
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NeuroDiversity – What is it and what does it mean

NeuroDiversity – What is it and what does it mean

Here at The Mom Kind, our goal is to help families embrace neurodiversity.   Having a neurodiverse family comes with its own set of dynamics, routines, and hurdles to overcome. For our family, it means that one thing that triggers a meltdown (noise, lighting, sensory input, etc) in one child with autism can calm the other with autism. Whether you are directly affected by a neurodiverse individual or not, there are many ways to help embrace neurodiversity.  Just as any other stigma is overcome, embracing neurodiversity starts with education. Neurodiversity is the shortened term for neurological diversity. This term is the…
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Neurodiversity – Emma goes to School By Kristin Pack

Neurodiversity – Emma goes to School By Kristin Pack

I never thought growing up, that I would one day become an advocate for special needs. But, just like the author of Emma Goes to School, I found myself passionate about a cause due to my own children. With three of my children having autism, I found myself front and center in bringing awareness to autism and teaching neurodiversity. One thing that I have come across the most often is parent’s concerns (including my own) of how their children with disabilities will manage in school. Since many children with autism have troubles with social situations, making and keeping friends is…
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The reality of being a parent of autistic children

The reality of being a parent of autistic children

Being A Parent of Autistic Children An Honest, Open Letter From The Heart When my children were first diagnosed with autism, I had only a few moments of heartbreak.  For the most part,  I have been their warrior.  I see the positives and celebrate the little milestones.  My parents raised me with good southern morals.  I was never allowed to see any differences as negative.  Whether it was skin tone, disability, accent, religion, it didn’t matter.  Differences are what make us unique. My morals were shaped by shining examples.  My father has been blind my whole life.  Never once did he…
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9 Best Toys for an Autistic Toddler

9 Best Toys for an Autistic Toddler

Autistic children are constantly seeking out ways to get the sensory input they need.  With so many toys out there, it’s hard to know what will work.  Even harder is to know what are the best toys for an autistic toddler. There are many toys out there that serve as amazing sensory tools, even if not listed for sensory needs.  I’ve compiled a list of our favorite toys that have been recommended by therapist or we have found works great ourselves. Best Toys for Autistic Toddlers 1. Shape Sorting Blocks The Shape Sorting Cube helps children with eye-hand coordination, fine…
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Our Very First World Autism Awareness Day

Our Very First World Autism Awareness Day

2017 was our first Autism awareness day - Join us as we celebrated our first World Autism Awareness day together as a family celebration in our home after diagnosis.  Though I share a lot of our life through examples, it's not common I write "personal" blog post.  With it being World Autism Awareness Day today, I feel though I must reach out to you (my readers).  I hope this post is that it will reach someone who needs it.  So here goes: Our Very First World Autism Awareness Day Today is April 2nd, 2017. It is  World Autism Day was first…
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Understanding the Signs & Symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder

Understanding the Signs & Symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder

Until two of my children were diagnosed with autism, I really had very little understanding of the disorder.  Though most people have heard of autism spectrum disorder, most people are underinformed until it directly affects them.   This lack of information directly correlates to the misunderstanding and misconceptions of autism. I truly believe that education is the key to awareness and acceptance.  Here is an easy to read a guide on the signs and symptoms of autism spectrum disorder. What is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)? Autism is a bio-neurological developmental disorder that typically starts before age 3, but can be…
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World Autism Day and Autism Awareness Month (US)

World Autism Day and Autism Awareness Month (US)

Autism is a bio-neurological developmental disorder that typically starts before age 3, but can be (and often is) at older ages.  The current stats are that 1 in 54 children will fall on the autism spectrum.   As we go into the month of April, you may be seeing more posts about autism.   So what exactly is World Autism Day, Autism Awareness Month, and what can I do to help? Check out those answers below: What is World Autism Day? World Autism Day is celebrated annually on April 2nd. Started in 2008, the United Nations enacted this day to help…
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Explaining Autism to an Autistic Child – Resource Guide

Explaining Autism to an Autistic Child – Resource Guide

Having three children on the autism spectrum, we have had our fair share of explaining autism to an autistic child.  When our youngest daughter was diagnosed at age 8, we realized that we needed to explain things a little different to her than we would to our three-year-old or even to a sibling of an autistic child. After a diagnosis, as parents and caregivers, you go through the motions of telling family, friends, and other caregivers about your child's diagnosis.  Typically, you are doing this while you are still grasping at straws to learn about autism yourself.  In this process,…
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Parenting an autistic child- What is it like to parent an autistic child?

Parenting an autistic child- What is it like to parent an autistic child?

Parenting an autistic child is its own ball game.  Having four kids total, two with autism, that's a whole new game!  Parenting is a blessing, and it comes with its struggles as well as joys.  Today was one of the days that was a struggle.  Yet, in retrospect, it made me realize the blessings of my life and children.   While attending a baby shower, I was flooded with a world of emotions.  Not from the shower, but within my own world.  Though I know my children are not the “norm,” they are my norm and I just see them…
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Autism: 7 books for Parenting Children on the Autism Spectrum

Autism: 7 books for Parenting Children on the Autism Spectrum

    An autism diagnosis is only one small step in this journey.  Being a parent of two children with autism, I have had to learn quickly to adapt.  The more rigid a routine they need, the more its changes mine.  As a parent to an autistic child, you become their advocate.  Children aren't born with a manual, but thankfully we have some books dedicated to helping us parents out!   There is a lot to take in and try to figure out after a diagnosis.  Searching for extra resources shouldn't have to be!  So for all my book loving…
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Diagnosed with Autism at 8 years – Our Daughter’s Journey

Diagnosed with Autism at 8 years – Our Daughter’s Journey

Our household has been through two separate autism diagnosis.  First was our son at age 23 months, then our daughter diagnosed with autism at age 8.  After that, our older daughter also received an Autism Diagnosis at age 11. Below is the story I shared about the process leading up to our younger daughter being diagnosed.  I learned very quickly that autism is different in girls.  So much so, that it is often missed.  She had been going to doctors for years until we found the right doctor. Since then, our lives have changed for the better.  I wanted to…
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Sensory Overload- Learning to Balance Life with Autism

Sensory Overload- Learning to Balance Life with Autism

    One of the biggest expenses our family has invested in over the years, is season passes to Six Flags.  As a child, I only went there a few times. My husband, however, found himself there much more often.  With him having a Halloween birthday, Fright Fest is a must this time of year!  Today was our first attempt at a daytime, fright fest adventure to six flags with an autistic child.  Even as quote "normal" adults, we get a sensory overload every now and again. As a little man whose main sensory issues are visual and hearing, a…
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Our First Autistic Birthday- Doesn’t Always Go As Planned

Our First Autistic Birthday- Doesn’t Always Go As Planned

Last year, we experienced our first autistic birthday (or so we thought!).  This was just six weeks after our son's diagnosis and 6 weeks before our daughters.No two children with autism are the same (I can attest to that!).  But looking back, I wish I had come across someone sharing their story.  It has been moments like these that make I feel God is pulling my heart to continue to share.  With experience comes knowledge.  Even if that knowledge is to bring a coffee and candy bar for myself next time!  Hope you enjoy this flash back to our first autistic…
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Autism Diagnosis at 23 months. One family’s start on an autism journey

Autism Diagnosis at 23 months. One family’s start on an autism journey

As a parent, you quickly learn your children's personalities. We have four children, three girls and one boy.  Now with the girls, I will fully admit that I was overwhelmed.  When our youngest daughter was born, we had three daughters ages five and under.  My mom called them her little whirlwinds, and man did that describe them well! Seven years went by, us thinking that our family was complete. That was until I found out we were pregnant with our fourth child, a boy. This is where the search for an autism diagnosis began. Fast forward.  Early morning on the thirteenth…
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