Special Needs

9 Tips for Traveling With a Special Needs Child

9 Tips for Traveling With a Special Needs Child

Traveling with a special needs child doesn't have to be hard! Check out these 9 tips to make your next travel plans a breeze! If you have a child with special needs, you need to take unique precautions before heading off on vacation. Your little one may find themselves overwhelmed with the changes and start to exhibit specific behavioral issues. Worse, you could forget an essential item and struggle to find a substitute in an unfamiliar place. Of course, this cautionary tale doesn't mean you should throw up your hands and stay home. 9 Tips for Traveling With a Special…
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Autism and Coronavirus Quarantine – How to Manage the Daily Routine

Autism and Coronavirus Quarantine – How to Manage the Daily Routine

What should you do with your child with Autism who has to go into a coronavirus quarantine or stay in place order? Do you have a plan for your autistic children during the midst of this COVID19 outbreak? Keep reading to help you through these uncharted waters. Schools everywhere are shutting down for weeks at a time, some until next school year. Even those that don't have this issue yet, the coronavirus is causing many families to take voluntary self-quarantine measures. For children with Autism, the covid19 quarantine measures are a drastic change from their daily routine. Combine that with necessities…
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Understanding the Disabled Child Tax Credit & the Financial Impact

Understanding the Disabled Child Tax Credit & the Financial Impact

Do you know about the disabled child tax credit offered in Canada? There is a tax credit for disabled children and their families that can make a life-changing difference. Keep reading to learn more! Statistics Canada has reported that more children in Canada have a learning disability than all other types of disabilities combined. Up to 10 percent of children have specific learning disabilities (SLDs). Examples are diagnoses such as ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, dyscalculia, autism spectrum disorder, and specific language impairments. In addition to being othered because of their disability, children with learning disabilities inevitably struggle with school. These struggles can be both…
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Earthing Sheets: How To Choose The Right Sheets for a Good Night’s Rest

Earthing Sheets: How To Choose The Right Sheets for a Good Night’s Rest

What are Earthing Sheets? How do you choose the right earthing sheets? Earthing or grounding is one of the newly found natural health and wellness practices that have immense, wonderful benefits to the human body. Although relatively new, in its raw form, this is one that has been around for many years now. Earthing, or walking barefoot, enables your body to achieve nutrients that are inherent in the Earth's surface.  Earthing Sheets: How To Choose The Right Sheets To Ensure A Good Night's Rest While the best recourse always is to walk naturally barefoot, there are some cases that it's…
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7 Helpful Tips from People Living with Anxiety Disorders

7 Helpful Tips from People Living with Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety disorders are a serious matter as they can completely change one's life. Different types of anxiety or stress disorders can affect an individual, and untreated will worsen over time. There are millions of people suffering from different types of anxiety disorders. For instance, Post-traumatic stress disorder is one of the prevalent stress disorders in the world. People who have witnessed horrible incidents suffer from this disorder. It has taken the lives of people since some of the affected people have even committed suicide. However, some other common anxiety disorders include Social Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Generalized Anxiety Disorder…
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Music Therapy for Children With Autism

Music Therapy for Children With Autism

How does music therapy work for autism? There are so many benefits of music. Let's take a look at how music therapy for autistic children works: Autism is a developmental disorder. It affects individuals’ behaviors and communication skills. These symptoms can range from mild to severe. According to the Centers for Disease Control, autism affects an estimated 1 in 59 children in the United States today. As rates increase, so does the search for appropriate therapies. In today's post, we discuss the benefits of music for autism. Music Therapy for Children With Autism Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a broad…
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Weighted Blanket for Autism: What you need to know

Weighted Blanket for Autism: What you need to know

How does a weighted blanket work? Do weighted blankets help with autism? How does a weighted blanket help with sensory issues? How heavy should my weighted blanket be? Keep reading to answer all these questions about weighted blankets for autism! Weighted Blanket for Autism: What you need to know As a parent of a child with autism, chances are you have heard of using a weighted blanket. Many studies have confirmed that weighted blankets can help children and adults with autism. How do Weighted Blankets Help Autism? Weighted blankets use the power of Deep Pressure Touch Stimulation (DPTS). DPTS creates a calming…
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How to Enjoy the Outdoors With Highly Sensitive Children

How to Enjoy the Outdoors With Highly Sensitive Children

Are you looking for ways to enjoy the outdoors with your highly sensitive children? Highly sensitive children are a joy to be around. They're alert and empathetic, understanding, and attuned to their surroundings. At the same time, their powerful emotions can give way to jarring reactions. This poses a challenge if you enjoy certain activities with lots of stimuli. Fortunately, the outdoors can be the perfect setting for highly sensitive children. With minimal noise and fresh air, you couldn't ask for more. How to Enjoy the Outdoors With Highly Sensitive Children So how can you make the most of the…
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What do you do when your child refuses to go to school?

What do you do when your child refuses to go to school?

Are you experiencing your child meltdown everyday right before going to school? Are you feeling frustrated and angry when they refuse to go to school? So what do you do when your child refuses to go to school? Most children will blame physical issues such as stomach pain or leg pain for avoiding school. However, you may find that pain vanishes once they stay at home. You may find yourself reacting to your anxieties and emotions rather than acting in an effective and a well- planned manner.  What do you do when your child refuses to go to school? Having…
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Self-Therapy for Parents of Children with Autism

Self-Therapy for Parents of Children with Autism

Self-therapy can help parents of children with autism keep a balanced life and parent their children better. Parenting a child with autism involves holding many titles. Not only are parents caretakers, but they’re activists for autism, therapists for their children, and interpreters of their child’s behavior daily. Each day as a parent can be exhausting. It's even more difficult when your child has autism. This is due to your child having special dietary needs, specific education requirements, and may need to be communicated within particular ways. Self-Therapy for Parents of Children with Autism It can be hard as a parent…
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Is My Teen Getting Enough Sleep? 5 Methods for a Full Night’s Rest

Is My Teen Getting Enough Sleep? 5 Methods for a Full Night’s Rest

Are you worried about your teen's grogginess, inability to pay attention in class, or frequent nap sessions? It could be that they are sleep deprived. According to the National Sleep Foundation, the majority of teens are not getting the sleep they need on school nights. But don't worry, we have a bunch of proven methods to help your teen get a good night's sleep. How Much Sleep do Teens Need? Studies show that at the bare minimum, teenagers need 8 hours of sleep to be well-rested. However, many teens need up to 10 hours of sleep to be fully functional as…
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Family Game Night – Helping Siblings Connect through Games

Family Game Night – Helping Siblings Connect through Games

Having three autistic kiddos, it can sometimes be really hard to get them to get along! One of the best ways we have learned to help them connect is through Family Game Night! We've all heard about having a family game night.  Chances are, you've tried to make it into your routine but it fell off the schedule as new things came along Today, we're going to go over the benefits of scheduling (and doing) a family game night weekly.  This is great for all families, but especially for neurodiverse families. Having a family game night each week is great…
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Caregiver Stress: 5 Methods To Take Care of Yourself

Caregiver Stress: 5 Methods To Take Care of Yourself

Being a caregiver to an elderly parent, child, or disabled person can come with quite a bit of stress. While wanting to help and make our loved ones' everyday life a bit easier, sometimes it seems impossible to continue. This is especially true if caregiving is mentally exhausting. To be able to take care of someone else, you need to take care of your own health as well. As a caregiver, you have another person depending on you. You need to make sure your well-being comes first to be able to take good care of the others. Caregiver Stress: 5…
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Coping with  Misunderstandings Due to Hyper-Focusing

Coping with Misunderstandings Due to Hyper-Focusing

Having four children, arguments happen often. Weekends and summers are when most of these happen. The whole "being stuck in the same house together" thing and all. Most of these arguments are a result of some type of misunderstanding. Though they have not lived a day apart, living in a neurodiverse family can prove challenging at times. Having three children with autism makes for humorous misunderstandings! So as you can imagine, disagreeing due to hyper-focusing happens quite often. Today was one of those days. Our son was napping for once (yeah me!), and the girls were all outside playing with…
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What to do When Children with Autism Wander

What to do When Children with Autism Wander

A study back in 2012, confirmed what many parents of autistic children already knew.  Elopement, also known as wandering, is a terrifyingly common occurrence of children with autism.   Twice this summer already, we have heard of two little boys with autism wandering off and drowning.  We have had our own incidents with wandering (and just plain bolting away!) that have caused a ton of stress on everyone! As a mom of three children on the spectrum, I wish I would have known more about an elopement in autism.  So, to help provide that information to you, today we are going…
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Autism Symptoms in Girls

Autism Symptoms in Girls

Autism now affects 1 in 59 children in the United States.  There is a ton of information out there on symptoms, but those symptoms seem very specific to boys.  Only in the last few years has there been true research to understand the Symptoms of Autism in Girls. Along the journey to our daughter's diagnosis, I desperately looked for information online of autism symptoms in girls. This was four years ago now, but the information wasn't there. The only information I could come across was Aspergers in girls.  While Aspergers has been a diagnosis on the spectrum (until the DSM 5),…
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6 Unexpected Sources of Irritation for Sensitive Children

6 Unexpected Sources of Irritation for Sensitive Children

Does your child have sensitivity issues? If so, you know that seemingly minor irritations can cause significant problems. It can prove challenging to unearth the source of the distress, especially if your child can't communicate what's bothering them. Sensitive Children need accommodations to lessen the unexpected sources of irritation. 6 Unexpected Sources of Irritation for Sensitive Children With that in mind, the following six items consist of common irritants. These substances and activities can trigger emotional responses in those with heightened sensitivity. The next time you can't decipher why your child is acting out, consider these possibilities. Knowing this information…
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What is Erb’s Palsy? Everything You Need to Know

What is Erb’s Palsy? Everything You Need to Know

Did you know that congenital disabilities affect 1 in 33 babies per year in the U.S.? Are you researching about different birth injuries and wondering what Erb's Palsy is? This article has you covered about this common injury that can affect babies. Read on to discover a complete guide on what is Erb's Palsy plus symptoms, causes, and treatment. What Is Erb's Palsy? Erb's Palsy is a form of brachial plexus palsy. It named after Wilhelm Erb, who was the first doctor to describe this condition. Brachial plexus is a network of nerves located near the neck that helps all…
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Put a Stop to Tossing and Turning: 3 Tips for Staying Asleep All Night

Put a Stop to Tossing and Turning: 3 Tips for Staying Asleep All Night

It can be frustrating not to feel like you're operating at 100 percent. In tackling our often-busy days, one wants to feel healthy, strong, and alert. Doing this can be hard to do if you're not sleeping properly through the night. This kind of sleeping problem isn't unusual. A considerable amount of Americans have a hard time sleeping through the night, usually due to disorders like insomnia. 3 Tips for Staying Asleep All Night How can you combat a night spent tossing and turning under the covers? Read on, and we'll walk you through a few crucial tips for staying…
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Autism and the Holiday Season: 5 Tips for Parents

Autism and the Holiday Season: 5 Tips for Parents

With the holiday season just around the corner, we’re all looking forward to our particular traditions and spending some quality time with the family. However, for children with autism and their parents, this time of year can present plenty of challenges. So here are five tips to help families with children with autism to have a happy holiday. Autism and the Holiday Season: 5 Tips for Parents By Estee Rothstein, BCBA, Executive Director at Golden Care Therapy, a New Jersey-based provider of in-home therapy for children with autism 1. Ease into the festivities  Change is often difficult for individuals with autism, so…
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