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

Preventing Depression?

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if depression could be prevented?   Please take a look at this Ted Talk documentary.    Rebecca Brachman talks about a drug that is already in existence that could possibly prevent depression and ptsd. It is a

Autism – Act Now!

When supporting my children, I ask myself one question…  How will whatever I am doing at this moment help them toward self-management and independence? The assumption I do not make is that they will figure it out on their own,

Mainstreaming Autism

  I dream of a world where my six year old can have a tantrum in the park and instead of frowning with disdain, onlookers would at minimum recognize spectrum behavior and at best be sympathetic, perhaps informed or even

Choosing My Battles – My Autism Spectrum Disorder Family

My seven year old – yup he is a year older – jumps on his bed a lot. When he does, I simply say to him, “Beds are made for sleeping.”  I don’t get excited and yell “Stop!” or “No!”

Tantrum Interventionist 2.0

Tantrum Interventionist 2.0…   My eleven year old’s behavior fluctuates moment by moment.  He tantrums.   Sometimes in the morning when he opens his eyes waking up, I see that look on his face… his countenance and demeanor… I just

3 Tips for New School Year Complaints

I read this great article at one of my favorite sites: By Marney Studaker-Cordner, LMSW “But I don’t want to start school!” I’ve heard my teenage daughter utter that phrase at least a thousand times in the past week. Well,

Social Story Books by Swanky Brain

Why Social Stories Work… Why do they work?  Here are a couple reasons:  Children on the spectrum are visual learners; so a Social Story with vibrant supporting pictures immediately resonates.  Just as important is the choice of words used in the

Josh’s Boredom Box

Winter School Break has begun…  I’d decided to spend the holidays at home relaxing, for a much needed r&r with my family. That’s before I realized that we have 3 weeks vacation!  Yikes!!!  Naturally, the dreaded “B” word was spoken

The Wand of Silence!

A Way To Experience Moments Of Peace And Quiet… There are moments in your day or week or month when life gets overwhelming and you simply need time to yourself!  In those moments, an effective tool I’d like to suggest you utilize