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Five Ways to Engage Fathers in Parent-Teacher Conferences, the Evaluation Process, and in I.E.P. Meetings

submitted by Craig

In the years that I've worked in the education/special education field, I can estimate that approximately 30% of fathers made themselves available for their children’s IEP initial/annual IEP meetings. Granted, some fathers were simply not involved in their child's life at all, which, in some ways, would account for their absence. Others may have been working or traveling for the jobs, while some simply entrusted their wives/significant others to take care of their child's educational needs. But what about the 30% of fathers who were actually present?

Vday and Language Fun

submitted by kidspeak

Candy hearts are not only a fun, yummy and cute way to celebrate Valentine's Day. Their sweet phrases and clever sayings are also great inspiration for a Valentine's game that's sure to make you want to rhyme... all the time!
Candy Heart Memory
-Pink construction paper or cardstock
-Lamination sheets
-Dry erase markers

It's Time to Hang...

submitted by Craig

...so join us!
Event Name:
Dad's Panel with Kent Potter
St. Andrew United Methodist Church
East Building Festival Hall
1401 Mira Vista
Plano, TX 75093
Check TV Monitors for Assigned Room
Approx. 0.7 mile East of North Dallas Tollway @ Plano Parkway
We hope to see you there!
Sponsored by National Autism Assoc. of North Texas and AutismSpot
-AutismSpot Team

Welcoming Our Newest Feature Blogger - Ms. Shari Cissel!

submitted by Craig

We are very pleased and excited to announce the latest addition to the ProjectLD network of companies - Ms. Shari Cissel! Ms. Cissel comes to us with a wealth of personal and professional knowledge and experience, which she will share with us in the coming weeks and months. To learn more about Ms. Cissel, please read her biography below. And look for her very first blog entry, which will be posted in the coming week!
Now, without further ado, please help me in welcoming AutismSpot.com's newest feature blogger - Ms. Shari Cissel!

How to Teach Protesting

submitted by kidspeak

Protesting “no” is a skill that sometimes can be difficult for children with language disorders. Instead of using their words they may:
1. Push objects or people away
2. Throw objects
3. Cry/scream
Here are a few steps you can follow to help your child protest “no”:
Step one: You will need a visual of “no”.

To Give Is To Receive

submitted by juliehornok

As I might have mentioned once or twice (or possibly ten thousand times), autism takes its toll on the mind and body. The lack of sleep alone can kill any desire to do anything fun and leaves us feeling as if we have nothing left to give. As parents, we just want to get through another day, so that we can lie on the couch and watch a TV show that will take our minds off our troubles – even if it is only for an hour.
When Lizzie was almost 3-years old, life was really hard. We were in the middle of a 30 hour-a-week behavioral home program. I had a very active and challenging 4 1/2 year old who was bored at home, and we were trying to sell our house so that we could move to a better school district for Lizzie. Oh yeah…did I mention I was 8 months pregnant?
I literally ate my way through that pregnancy. If there were a contest in stress eating, I would definitely have won! Anxious from decisions with Lizzie and the stress of having a child with so many problems weighed heavy on my mind all day long. I went to bed with the same knot in my stomach that I woke up with, and my sleep was restless at best. Chocolate was my medication, but unfortunately, I had a bit of a tendency to over-medicate! Fudge and brownies were a normal breakfast for me during that time, and so as you can imagine, 8 months into the pregnancy, right around the time my 31st birthday was a approaching, I had already gained 50 pounds (all baby, of course!).

Facilitating Family Discussions with a Communication Jar

submitted by Craig

Okay, so let’s say you have a trip planned. No, let’s say you have a LONG trip planned! You are traveling from Philadelphia, PA to Boston, MA – by car! That’s 311 miles – almost 6 full hours (and possibly longer depending on the traffic)! Sure, you and your spouse can entertain yourselves, but what about your kids? What are they going to do?

Ten Ways to Totally Rock Autism

submitted by juliehornok

The therapy every day, the tutoring, the doctors’ office visits, the living and eating in your car, the hours spent preparing special diet food, the hundreds of hours spent researching on the Internet, the time spent dispensing and taking pills, the hostile stares from other people, the whispers behind your back, the old friends that have stopped calling, and new friends that don’t quite get it….
Couple all of that with holidays, and sometimes it is just too much! Sometimes we may want to throw our hands up in the air and scream, “Forget it! Life is too short!!!!”
Unfortunately, autism doesn’t go away when we get overwhelmed, but there are some ways to reduce the stress and make it a little more fun. Here a few suggestions on how to throw caution to the wind and totally rock autism:

Stay Tuned For the New Year

submitted by kidspeak

KidSpeak is taking a break from blogging to spend the holidays with our families, to wrap up the rest of the year and prepare for the spring semester. We will be back in January with lots of new ideas and specific ways to work on social communication with your child.

Keeping Our Kids Safe and Medication Free

submitted by dramberbrooks

It always startles me to see children being overly prescribed antibiotics this time of year. When you have a child with autism or some other special need sometimes it is hard to tell if they even have an infection because they do not tell you or cannot tell you. Their doctors choose to give a medication “just in case there is an infection” but nobody stops to think what this is doing to their body long-term. Many children, whether diagnosed on the spectrum or not have horrible immune systems.