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Denial Versus Get Out of My Way: A Couples’ Struggle by Robert Naseef, Ph.D.

submitted by DrNaseef

On October 11, 2012, at the Autism New Jersey Annual Conference, Rodney Peete spoke candidly to 1000 of us present about how he was in denial after the diagnosis of his son RJ with autism. His wife, Holly Robinson Peete, quickly countered by saying "I was on Get Out of My Way Avenue!" She didn't have time to wait for him. Having a child is special needs clearly impacted them just like many other couples. It was inspiring to hear them talk about working through this and saving their marriage.


Licking Problem Eaters

submitted by juliehornok

In the first few years of autism, you jump in full force hitting all the therapies, supplements, and latest research out there hard. Then you start to realize that you are in this for the long haul, and you must slow down and pace yourself for the survival of your family. Never have we had to do this more than dealing with Lizzie’s eating issues.
Lizzie was a problem eater. A problem eater is a child that would rather starve than eat something that they don’t want to eat. The texture, consistency or smell is so offensive to them that hunger pains pale in comparison. I know this first-hand because when Lizzie was four-years old, I almost starved her.


Senso-Dot Ball - 7": A Product Review

submitted by Craig

Product Name: Senso-Dot Ball - 7"
Price: $14.95
Recommended Age: 6 and up
Company Name: Achievement ProductsCompany
Website: www.achievement-products.comCompany Phone Number: 1-800-373-4699
Product Description: Colorful nubby 7" ball is soft yet very stimulating to the touch.
•The contrasting color and rounded nubs provide an intriguing tactile sensation
•Easy to grasp


Martian Popping Thing: A Product Review

submitted by Craig

Product Name: Martian Popping Thing
Price: $8.49
Recommended Age: All Ages!
Company Name: Achievement Products
Company Website: www.achievement-products.com
Company Phone Number: 1-800-373-4699


Vinyl Porcupine Ball: A Product Review

submitted by Craig

Product Name: Vinyl Porcupine Ball
Price: $4.95
Recommended Age: All Ages!
Company Name: Achievement ProductsCompany
Website: www.achievement-products.com
Company Phone Number: 1-800-373-4699
Product Description: This popular tactile ball features special strands that tickle fingers and make it irresistible! These super durable balls are fun to throw, catch, squeeze and hide.


Orbit Ball: Set of 3 - A Product Review

submitted by Craig

What better way to kick of Fidget Week on SensorySpot.com than to talk a little about this awesome product – Orbit Ball: Set of 3 – sold by Achievement Products! Take a look and, if you like what you read, purchase yours today!
Product Name: Obit Ball -Set of 3
Price: $7.95
Recommended Age: All Ages!
Company Name: Achievement Products
Company Website: www.achievement-products.com


Easy Halloween Craft: Cookie Cutter Painting

submitted by kidspeak

Halloween will be here very soon! One of our favorite parts of Halloween is the fun art projects. Although kids love art, sometimes the activities can be a little overwhelming with a lot of steps, a lot of materials or just super complicated. Here is a fun and easy art project that you can do at home with friends, with family or alone to help get you and your little one in the Halloween mood!
Materials
-White paper
-Halloween cookie cutters
-Paper plate
-Tempera paint: white, yellow and/or orange
-Visuals


Guest Blog: See Me Beautiful…..A Grandmother’s Journey with Autism

submitted by juliehornok

I am blessed to have a wonderful mother that is not only supportive in words, but also in her actions. She has made autism more bearable by helping me in exactly the way I need it. When I need her, she comes running.....especially if it has to do with Lizzie. Mom, you really are the "wind beneath my wings".....even if you had to wait almost 38 years to hear it! Thanks Mom. I love you.

See Me Beautiful…..A Grandmother’s Journey with Autism
By Marilyn Statler
The piercing scream had heads turning in the McDonalds play area. The beautiful little girl with the huge brown eyes and brown curls was standing in the middle of the area screaming at the top of her lungs. She didn’t appear to be hurt or even unhappy—she was just screaming.
My heart stopped. I knew at that moment that something was terribly wrong with my precious granddaughter, Lizzie.


Social Success at Birthday Parties

submitted by kidspeak

With the new school year it is likely that your mailbox or your child’s backpack is being filled with birthday party invitations from their classmates. Fun, yes. But this doesn’t always mean smooth sailing for our children. Birthday parties can be challenging for our kids as they are held at all sorts of different locations, have different activities at each party, can be filled with loud unfamiliar sounds, unfamiliar routines, some of our not so favorite foods and have specific social expectations.