Mom Launches Clothing Line to Help Autistic Children Dress Themselves

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Her son’s disability inspired Thierry to start Independence Day Clothing, a fashion line designed for people with physical handicaps and cognitive disabilities. She wants others like Liam to be able to dress themselves unaided and blend in with the crowd. Continue reading

Autism Mom Shares Tips for a Healthy Marriage

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There’s no doubt that extra stress on a relationship can cause some issues. However, Julie Green has plenty of advice to share on how to keep your marriage strong while having a child with special needs. Continue reading

Parents Can Be the Best Resource

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When autism was first recognized as a disorder back in the 1940s, people thought that the parents were to blame for their child’s withdrawn behavior. Psychoanalysts thought that cold and detached parenting was the reason behind an autistic child having … Continue reading

Great Outdoor Fall Activities

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Here are some fun fall activity ideas for you and your child to enjoy before it gets too cold! For kids with special needs, the fall time provides some great opportunities to use the outdoors as their very own sensory … Continue reading

Group Training for Parents Proves Highly Beneficial

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Antonio Hardan and his colleagues at the Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucie Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford conducted a study where they found that training parents in groups about basic autism therapy was a beneficial method in helping children … Continue reading

Back to School Tips for Parents of Autistic Children

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Back to school is a stressful time for anyone, but for autistic children and their parents, the transition between sleepy summer Sundays and hectic Monday mornings can be traumatic.  That’s why we collected all the best tips to help make … Continue reading

Autism & Bullies

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We consistently read news stories about children with disabilities, especially children/adolescents with ASD as victims of bullying, the most recent being Aaron Hill’s violent beating which was caught on video that later went viral on the internet. Studies in the … Continue reading

Awareness is the key – part 9

Awareness is the key!

I can say one thing— the weather this week was great.  Not too hot, not too cold, no rain… oh wait that is not what I am writing about!

Evan’s food program is exceeding all expectations.  This week he scarfed strawberries, at an English muffin, at a whole hot dog at Pumpkinfest—bun and all and even followed it up today with a cheeseburger not from McDonalds this time.  Todays may have been a bigger struggle as I don’t think he was really hungry.  Once he was hungry he at the entire cheeseburger with no problem.

This was an extremely busy fall festival weekend since we are going to Disney this week, more about that later.  We went to Evan’s best friend’s birthday party at a gymnastics place Friday night.  Afterwards he ate a small bag of pretzels.  Another first!  Saturday all we did was go to Pumpkinfest, swimming at the YMCA, niece’s wedding, and finally parents night out for Evan while we went to the reception.  No wonder he slept so well that night.  Sunday we only did Stoneycreek Farms pumpkin festival and the Headless Horseman at Connor Prairie.  Evan did great— his favorite activity was, in addition to the hayrides (3) and lawn mower powered “trains” (2) he was absolutely fascinated by the flying monkeys tonight.  Really all it was a catapult throwing toy monkeys into the air about 30 feet.  Not all that exciting but he loved it and was quite vocal about it!

Like I said we are going to Disney.  It really is a fact-finding trip to see how the new guest assistance program works.  The GAC (guest assistance card) is being replaced by the DAS (Disable Assistance System) and since I set-up travel to Disney I need to see how it works.  The fact it is a vacation is just a plus.  Evan loves Disney (this will be his 10th trip) so I will have lots to report next week.  As always please give me comments or contact me.

Awareness is the key!

By: Jim Monroe