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Surviving the First Month After Your Child Is Diagnosed with Autism

I remember the exact moment my world started spinning. It was February 17, 2017 at approximately 11:00 AM. “Let’s test James for autism.” We were at his three year visit when his doctor dropped this bomb on me. Truthfully, I had been questioning what was “wrong” with him for a year. But for a professional […]

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Halloween and Autism — What To Do When Costumes Aren’t An Option

Fall is my favorite season and dressing up for Halloween has always been something I enjoyed, even as an adult. I shamelessly admit that one of the things I most looked forward to after our son was born was costumes and Halloween-time. Baby in a lion costume, anyone? It doesn’t get any cuter. I had […]

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Developing A Vision Statement For Your Child’s IEP

IEP. Those three letters make most parents cringe. My short experience with developing my son’s IEP has been anything but enjoyable. An IEP, Individualized Education Plan, is a document for a public school child who requires special education. My son has autism and the public schools deemed him eligible for an IEP based on his […]

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When a good behavior is observed, I give James a token for him to place on the board. 5 tokens = a Pocky chocolate stick

Implementing Positive Reinforcement and a Token Board to Increase Desired Behavior in Your Child

Did you know that I used to be a giraffe keeper? One of the parts of my job was to train the giraffe. No, not to do tricks, but rather to participate in medical care, stand still during hoof trimmings, come to us when called. Wait a second….am I talking about giraffe or my toddlers? […]

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