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How To Create A Safe Backyard For A Child On The Autism Spectrum

How To Create A Safe Backyard For A Child On The Autism Spectrum

For many parents, finding ways to create safe and engaging activities for their children is a priority, especially as warm weather sets in. In spring and summer, there are several ways you can make your backyard a safe haven for your child on the autism spectrum. For children on the autism spectrum, it’s especially important to make safe spaces that will encourage learning, yet will also help the child feel comfortable. Plus, several of these activities you and your family can do together outdoors. The key is to come up with a good plan so your child will stay engaged…
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What is a Weighted Blanket – Autism, ADHD, Anxiety, & Insomnia!

What is a Weighted Blanket – Autism, ADHD, Anxiety, & Insomnia!

Weighted blankets, vests, and other similar devices are spread throughout our home.  Having three children with autism, sleep apnea, anxiety, ADHD diagnosis, these tools are priceless!  Soon after their diagnosis, I started hearing about deep pressure devices.  I began asking "what is a weighted blanket?" and "what are the benefits of a weighted blanket?" Our first deep pressure touch stimulation (DPTS) device was a weighted compression vest for our son.  The compression combined with the weights gave him the equivalent of a big hug the entire time he wore it!  It was great when he would wear it.  The problem was,…
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How to Tell When Your Child Needs Speech Therapy

How to Tell When Your Child Needs Speech Therapy

One of the first signs of autism for our son was the sudden loss of words.  With our daughter though, she did not lose words at all but struggled with hitting those milestones when she was supposed to.  Sometimes, it is hard to know how to tell if your child needs speech therapy. Today, our friend Lisa Orlando from Invo Progressus explains what signs to look for as well as what to expect when your child needs speech therapy. What To Expect When Your Child Needs Speech Therapy Children have an innate desire to communicate and learn. One of the greatest joys…
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7 Top Autism Myths & Misconceptions

7 Top Autism Myths & Misconceptions

1 in 59 children in the United States are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. Due to this fact, the knowledge surrounding autism needs to grow.  However, there is an unfortunate amount of autism myths and misconceptions. As an autistic adult with three children on the spectrum, I have heard my fair share of questions about autism. While many of the questions are well-meaning, there are a few that still irks me. It is not the person asking that bothers me though. It's the fact that many of these beliefs are still out there. Some of the autism myths and…
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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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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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