Special Needs

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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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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How to Create a Calming Space for Your Autistic Child

How to Create a Calming Space for Your Autistic Child

Doll children background design with colourful letters spelling out Autism We all need a space to call out own, and that includes autistic children.  Every child is different but learning their sensory needs will help you create a perfect space.  No matter their sensory need, they can extremely benefit from a calming space to go relax and cool down in. We have one for each child in our house (well, the teen just has her room. But that makes her happy).  One of our spaces is an open closet transformed into a calming room, with calm lights, sensory tools, a…
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DR-HO’S Pain Relief System – What every Mom needs in her life!

DR-HO’S Pain Relief System – What every Mom needs in her life!

What every Mom needs in her life! DR-HO’S Pain Relief System For as far back as I can remember, I have suffered from fibromyalgia even before there was a name for it!  Even if you do not have a clear answer or diagnosis for pain, chances are everyday life as your muscles and joints aching.  So I can’t tell you enough about how amazing it is to find a product that  helps my pain, without any form of medicine!  This awesome product is called Dr-Ho’s Pain Relief System. As moms, we are constantly on our feet.  This applies whether you…
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2018 Blue Man Group Sensory Friendly Performance Benefiting: Grant a Gift Autism Foundation

2018 Blue Man Group Sensory Friendly Performance Benefiting: Grant a Gift Autism Foundation

Image Credit : Grant a Gift Autism Foundation & Blue Man Group Last month we did a whole feature on Blue Man Group and their Sensory Friendly performance coming up in Las Vegas. Since the time is coming up quickly for this amazing experience, I want to give you some final details!  If you are near Las Vegas or plan to be, this will be the place to be! On June 10, 2018 at 4:00 PM, Blue Man Group Las Vegas will be holding their 4th annual sensory friendly performance. This years donations of $20 for every $36 ticket sold,  will…
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Top 5 Activities for Children with Special Needs in NYC

Top 5 Activities for Children with Special Needs in NYC

The Top 5 Activities for Children with Special Needs in NYC by Candice Shaffer from 888 Hope, 160 Leroy, The XI, Modern Spaces Taking trips with your whole family can be a difficult proposition, with different ages and ability levels needed to be accounted for along the way. Fortunately, if you’re looking for a vacation the whole family can enjoy, New York City more than fits the bill, with countless activities appealing to kids with every skill and need set. Not sure where to head? Check out our top 5 Activities for Children with Special Needs in NYC Top 5 Activities for Children…
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Autism and Stewie BOOM! Helping Families Embrace Neurodiversity

Autism and Stewie BOOM! Helping Families Embrace Neurodiversity

  If I could have one wish, it would be for every child to be taught how to embrace neurodiversity.  Having three children on the autism spectrum, I get to see both the joys and struggles they go through when it comes to friendships and social interactions. Teaching children neurodiversity sounds like a huge undertaking.  Sometimes, even adults struggle with changing their mindsets to embrace people who are not the same as them.  So how do we go about teaching a concept like this?  How do parents of neurotypical children and neurodiverse children accommodate each other to help build these…
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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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