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If Only Life Was a Musical

submitted by kidspeak

Everyone likes at least one genre of music if not several. As adults music can serve many different purposes. We listen to music because we like it. It can help with our emotional states….music can calm us down and decrease our stress. Music can pep us up and get our energy going. Music can help us focus on important tasks. Music can be a social outlet. Music can also help us learn. This is the same for children.

Creating Independence In Your Teen With ASD

submitted by dramberbrooks

There seems to be so many answers and guidance when your child with an ASD is younger but as they age its scary because the support dwindles away. I read a great article in Autism Digest by Chantal Sicile-Kira about creating Independence and want to share some of my favorite highlights.
The first is self-regulation- this is something that is taught and does not always come easy to a child on the spectrum. Some key points to remember in developing this skill:

A Play Date Filled Summer!

submitted by kidspeak

It’s summer! Summer is a fun time to be a kid. You are out of school and now it’s time to play! But summer can be a difficult time if you are a babysitter or a stay at home mom or dad. You now have to fill each and every day with activities and you are faced with the challenge of how to keep things fun and entertaining for the both of you. Let us help you do just that! Each week we post new ideas on our facebook page from activities to free outings http://www.facebook.com/kidspeak.

"Ask Kathy": Addressing Discipline

submitted by Craig

Last week, one of our readers (Wendy Thornell) asked a question (on our Facebook page) to Autism Spcialist Kathy Fox. The question has to do with discipline. You will find both Wendy’s question and Ms. Fox’s response below. -Craig Gibson (Editor, SensorySpot.com)

A Fond Farewell

submitted by lawilcox

”What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.” ~Pericles
For the past two years it has been a tremendous pleasure to share, learn and grow alongside this wonderful AutismSpot community; first as a Feature Blogger, later as Assistant Editor and finally as Editor in Charge of AutismSpot. I have sincerely valued the countless connections I have made with our readers, fans, and friends here on the website and via our Facebook and Twitter accounts. It is with utmost respect and gratitude that I am resigning from my Editorial duties. As I take the next step forward on my journey, I thank you for the kind and thoughtful words of encouragement, notes of thanks and cherished validation I have received over the past couple of years. I wish each and every one of you (and your sweet children) the very best in your lives and endeavors.
In a fond farewell, I leave you with one of my favorite quotes – an Irish Blessing:
“May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be ever at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall softly on your fields. And until we meet again, may God hold you in the hollow of his hand.”


submitted by juliehornok

In honor of Father’s Day, I bring to you a guest blog from the Greatest Father on the Planet: my husband, Greg. I will admit there have been times of frustration when I felt that I was doing “it all” for autism. I researched, I scheduled, I lived and breathed autism 24/7. Then I realized Greg was doing “his all” to provide for autism, and that in itself is enough to send most guys packing.

Here is Greg’s very real account of how autism has affected him:
by Greg Hornok
I will never be nominated for Father of the Year by any autism association. In fact, by most measures, I am a completely inadequate father for the special needs that my wonderful daughter, Lizzie, requires.
I am not naturally prone to have patience, understanding, or even a great deal of sympathy. I come home from work tired and little bit irritable. I have worried about the money we have spent on therapy over the last several years. I have worried that the decisions of which therapies to use were the right ones. I have worried way too much about the toll that autism has taken on my marriage and the relationship with our other kids.

Have you had your Sprinkle today?

submitted by KendraFinestead

We recently made a trip out to our neighboring city of Dallas to a fabulous bakery dedicated to making delicious tasting bakery traditions for the gluten-free, dairy-free, allergy-free community here in north Texas. I share these bakers' passion full-on, as this is how my "kitchen-career" began - baking and cooking for families that had ingredient challenges.

Inspirational Quotes: My Top 10!

submitted by Craig

While there are a lot of great quotes out there that inspire me, the following - undoubtedly - are at the top of my list:
10. “Disability is a matter of perception. If you can do just one thing well, you're needed by someone.” -Martina Navratilova
9. "I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. I will not refuse to do something I can do." -Helen Keller
8. "I choose not to place "DIS," in my ability." -Robert M. Hensel

Revisiting Masculinity: The father’s journey with autism by Robert Naseef, Ph.D.

submitted by DrNaseef

When my son was born in November 1979, I jumped for joy. When he was diagnosed with autism 4 years later, I thought my head was going to explode. I couldn’t get the word autism out of my mouth for months.

Where does all the time go...

submitted by KentPotter

I am looking out from the 10th floor office that we occupy and I see the green trees, buildings off in the distance, airport control towers, and cars...hundreds and hundreds of cars. Sam used to love lining up our matchbox cars in color coordinated groupings. I would try and make vroom-vroom noises and get him to laugh. He would patiently wait for me to stop acting like a child and put the cars back in their place. I would do this again and it would make him frustrated. Each car had a specific place.