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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.

Social Skills With Holiday Collages

submitted by kidspeak

Blow Frog: A Product Review

submitted by Craig

Product Name: Blow Frog
Price: $4.95
Recommended Age: WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD – Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
Company Name: Achievement Products
Company Website: www.achievement-products.com
Company Phone: Number: 1-800-373-4699

From Appreciation to Conversation

submitted by DrNaseef

On November 3, 2012, the Lancaster County Autism Mommies, The Tommy Foundation, and Autism Spectrum Connections sponsored a parent workshop which I facilitated about taking care of your marriage while raising a child on the autism spectrum. Everyone present, myself included, learned how appreciating your partner can lead to necessary conversations that have been difficult to impossible to have.

Hairy Tangle: A Product Review

submitted by Craig

Product Name: Hairy Tangle
Price: $7.95
Recommended Age: Not for children under 3 years of age
Company Name: Achievement Products
Company Website: www.achievement-products.com.
Company Phone Number: 1-800-373-4699
Product Overview:
WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD – Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Spin into Thanksgiving

submitted by kidspeak

Thanksgiving is a time for family, food and fun! A great way to enjoy the holidays while working on social communication is by playing games. Give your tummy a break from turkey overload and fill your plate playing this enjoyable holiday themed activity.


April Showers Bring May Flowers

submitted by juliehornok

Today was the big day. It was Baptism Day at church.
I could hardly believe that the little girl standing in the water, publicly professing her love for Jesus, was the same little girl who just a few years ago had no language and would only tolerate church because they had a really cool fake fish tank. God had spoken to her heart, made her one of His own, and we were once again humbled by His mercy and love.
Baptism Day didn't come easy though. Just as it takes a long period of rain showers each April to finally produce the beautiful, delightful flowers in May, it took some serious “April showers” to get Lizzie to her baptism.

Just Appreciate Me

submitted by DrNaseef

They've been standing on the brink of divorce. For seven years, they had devoted themselves tirelessly to their son with autism. They were worn out; all the joy had left their lives despite their son having made dramatic progress. Their boy was included in a regular class with supports; something they never dreamed of.