Mental Health & School Shootings…

I thought I’d revisit this blog from my May Newsletter and post for my readers…  May is Mental Health Awareness Month.  No doubt it’s a time to give some attention to those suffering with this horrible affliction, sometimes in silence


How You Can Help a Family Supporting a Mental Health Patient

Ways You Can Help A Family Struggling With A Mental Health Illness   by: Nellie Valentine LISTEN Families are overwhelmed when supporting a loved-one with mental illness.  Dealing with the erratic behavior, which sometimes lead to unsafe situations for their loved-one


Hitting Hurts Others – Books with Behavior Strategies

A Social Story Book that offers behavior strategies…  by Nellie Valentine Many parents struggle with their children when they are exhibiting maladaptive behavior.  Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder or ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) often have a difficult time coping


Can You Make A Picture? Hand-washing…

I was reminding my eight year with ASD to please lather his hands with soap before putting them under the water pouring from the sink-faucet.  I was reminding him that lathering with soap and warm water is what actually cleans


The Eject Button!

My daughter takes the bus to college – she is not yet ready to drive – and each day can be colorful with the many passengers she encounters.  On day a couple weeks ago she came home and said to


This Is A Friend Social Story Book

Swanky Brain’s Social Story Books: Developed For ALL Readers Feature Vivid Illustrations Help Change Behavior Patterns Reinforce Social Skills Feature Language that Resonates with Readers Fun Reading & Learning that Engages and Sustains Over Tim Check out our books at


Making Summer Fun! Dancing to “Despacito” brings Joy!

Having four kiddos on the Autism Spectrum can make life challenging.  However with the supports in place in our home, my kiddos are truly learning balance and how to have FUN!  When I am taking the kids out and about,


How New Habits & Behavior Can Form

A Creative Mind… And an opportunity to reinforce skills. My seven year old with ASD keeps reinventing his world!  He recently took all his shoes out of the closet and decided to place them in his golf cart and another


Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for Adults

Here’s a note from a Mom whose son is receiving Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for adults… I am so grateful for Adult ABA. My son is now in his 20’s living with a diagnosis of Autism.  When he was younger


Childhood Trauma and Health

A must-listen for parents with children with conditions such as ADHD, Diabetes, Heart-Disease or other Mental Illness or Trauma (Foster/Adopt Parents please listen)…   “The science is clear, early adversity dramatically affects health across a lifetime…The single most important thing we