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


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:  https://www.empoweringparents.com/blog/ 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