Special Needs

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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Father’s Role in Raising an Autistic Daughter

Father’s Role in Raising an Autistic Daughter

Autism is a disorder that is usually diagnosed in early childhood. However, it is not a pediatric condition. It is life long and brings many difficulties and challenges to both the affected child and parents. The care that a mother shows for her autistic child is different than what a father can offer. Also, the bond between a mother and her child becomes stronger after a diagnosis. The autistic child becomes dependent on her mother, which makes many people think that the father is inexistent in the process. Contrary to the common belief, a father’s role is essential in a…
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Autism and Transition: Why is transitioning so hard?

Autism and Transition: Why is transitioning so hard?

One of the key things that cause meltdowns in our home is transitions. Whenever there is a change in routine or schedule, we are bound to have a meltdown. One of the main questions I receive is about autism and transitions. Why does it happen, and how can I help. The following is an example of how this can play out: Yesterday morning I have an appointment. Usually, on a Tuesday morning, it's my daughter's time to have a doctor visit. My husband forgot that it was my appointment. He thought it was hers, so my daughter did not get…
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What happens when autistic children grow up? What Moms Need to Know

What happens when autistic children grow up? What Moms Need to Know

Motherhood is hard. Every mother out there wants nothing but the best for her children. She needs to make sure that she is giving it her all. She doesn't do it for praise, but only for the sake of her children's happiness and well-being. Being a mother is a 24/7 job. It is one where you are emotionally, physically, and mentally invested with no breaks or days off. For moms of autistic children, there are even more concerns to take into considering. One of which is the question, "What happens when autistic children grow up?" Another is "What is autism…
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Levels of Autism: Understanding what the Diagnosis Means

Levels of Autism: Understanding what the Diagnosis Means

When our son received his autism spectrum disorder diagnosis, the paperwork I was given gave him a diagnosis I had never heard before. Our son's diagnosis is Autism Spectrum Disorder: Level 2: "Requiring Substantial Support." When his therapists and others would ask about the results, it seemed as though no one understood what that meant! Out of all the questions I hear, these are at the top of the list. "What are the different levels of autism" and "what do the levels of autism mean?" Understanding Autism Autism is a developmental disorder. It affects individuals' behaviors and communication skills. These symptoms can range from mild to…
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Symptoms of Sleepwalking & Effective Solutions to Sleepwalking

Symptoms of Sleepwalking & Effective Solutions to Sleepwalking

Sleepwalking, formally known as somnambulism, is a behavior where a person walks or performs other complex behavior during deep sleep. Sleepwalking is much more common with children (aged three to seven) than with adults and with people who are sleep deprived. So much so, that it leaves many parents asking what are the symptoms of sleepwalking? A sleepwalker usually remains in a deep sleep during the process, so that she doesn't remember the sleepwalking incident when she wakes up. The entire process mostly lasts 5 to 15 minutes. Sleepwalking is generally considered harmless to our overall health, but it could…
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Why People Are Turning to CBD Coffee for their Morning Routine

Why People Are Turning to CBD Coffee for their Morning Routine

Did you know that two-thirds of Americans drink a cup of coffee every day? That’s about 18 gallons for every person, every year. And if that’s not impressive, the whole world drinks about 2.25 billion cups of coffee every single day. Why People Are Turning to CBD Coffee for their Morning Routine So clearly, coffee is a major part of our daily routine. But are there any benefits to drinking coffee? Generally, health experts see coffee as a mild antioxidant with a few other health benefits, such as: Reducing painBoosting fiber intakeLowering the risk of diabetesBoosting cardiovascular healthProtecting against neurodegenerative…
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Dental Care for Special Needs Children

Dental Care for Special Needs Children

Preventative dentistry, as the name suggests, are steps that someone can take with their oral health to try to prevent unnecessary or avoidable damage to their teeth or gums. Dental Care for Special Needs Children These steps are important for everyone but especially crucial for young children who are still developing. If you have a special needs child in your life, you can help them develop and maintain high-quality oral health from early on in life. Regular Dental Care In addition to any special steps you might take to protect oral care, the first step in dental care for special…
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