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Baby Steps Can Lead to Giant Leaps

submitted by juliehornok

There he was for all to see in his flashy bright red Corvette convertible with a giant smile on his face! He looked to be about 80-years old and was slowly creeping along at about 20 miles per hour in the right lane. I couldn’t help but smile as I saw the joy on his face and imagined what events had taken place in his life that led him to be driving that Corvette on this bright and sunny day.
Maybe he had been a child of the Depression, scrounging for food and saving every dime. Or maybe he had been a young, bright-eyed, blue-collared worker, living paycheck-to-paycheck, whose dream was to save enough money to buy a Corvette. Or maybe he decided to blow his kids’ inheritance on a sports car. Regardless, he had accomplished his goal!
Kids with autism are a lot like the old man in the red Corvette. Our kids can do anything the average person can do, it just takes longer. Sometimes a lot longer....

Wake'em Up and Put'em To Sleep!

submitted by Craig

Are you a parent that's looking for a great way to keep your child awake and alert for that dreaded hour or two of homework each night? If so, try lighting a peppermint candle. The scent of this candle truly alerts - and awakens- the sense. Can't find a peppermint candle? Try winter pine - it has the same effect!

Natural Sound Machine: A Product Review

submitted by Craig

Product Name: Natural Sound Machine
Price: $36.95
Company Name: Achievement Products
Company Website: www.achievement-products.com
Company Phone Number: 1-800-373-4699

Sesame Street Extra Sensitive Bubble Bath: A Product Review

submitted by Craig

If you have little ones at home, and are looking for a really great bubble bath, I'd encourage you to check out the Sesame Street Extra Sensitive Bubble Bath. It's extra sensitive because it's easy on the eyes and skin, which equates to no tears (and we all know how important that is)!

Guest Blog: Three Things That Drive Me Crazy! - By Shari Angelico

submitted by Craig

Having ten-year-old triplets is both challenging and rewarding. When you add Autism to the mix, it adds a whole new dimension. I often reflect on the challenges my son with ASD faces frequently.
Yesterday, I decided to ask my neurotypical son what he finds most challenging about living with his brother. He quickly came up with a list of three behaviors he finds most frustrating:
1. "He asked the same questions over and over again."

GUEST BLOG: Top Ten Sensory Toys

submitted by juliehornok

Shopping for Christmas for kids with autism is tough. I remember hearing all of the moms talk about buying their little girls Barbies , baby dolls and all sorts of fun toys for Christmas. Meanwhile, my daughter, Lizzie, who had no ability to do pretend play, couldn’t even stand to look at toys that had eyes. If I handed her a doll or stuffed animal, she would scream and adamantly throw it to the ground. But still, the Christmas spirit in me wanted desperately to buy her something new that she would love. I had to believe that the Christmas magic was still possible with her, but I just didn’t know where to go and what to buy for her.
This year, I asked Stacy, from Stacy’s Sensory Solutions, if she would be willing to provide our families with a list of sensory items that our kids would love for Christmas. I hope this helps simplify your shopping this year!

Taking a Positive, Proactive Approach to Behavior: Strategies That Work!

submitted by Craig

In all the years I’ve worked in the field of education/special education, one thing is for certain: taking a positive approach to addressing inappropriate behaviors does work! While “time out,” and other forms of discipline most definitely has their place, taking a more positive, systematic approach to negative behaviors has proven, time and time again, to be much more effective in the long run.

Trick or Trick

submitted by juliehornok

Halloween is TOMORROW! I would like to give you some tips on how to survive trick or treating with your child with autism…except I have none.
Instead, I will share with you what trick or treating was like with Lizzie when she was younger. I am guessing you can relate.
As Halloween approached, picking a costume wasn’t easy. Lizzie had strict requirements:
-The costume couldn’t be too thick because she would get hot and she would…rip her clothes off.
-The costume couldn’t be itchy at all or she would…rip her clothes off.
-The costume could not have a hat or any type of head pieces or she would…rip her clothes off.
-The costume could not have any hanging parts or she would pull on it and then...you guessed it…rip her clothes off.
If there was a way to pull off the “naked girl” costume, believe me, we would have. My neighbors had already become all too familiar with Lizzie’s nakedness, so I could no longer justify it as a costume. I was left looking for a costume that was basically normal clothes. We decided on Bob The Builder. It was one of Lizzie’s favorite TV shows, and it seemed appropriate since we were constantly asking ourselves the show's tagline, “Can we fix it (her)?”

Meet the Halloween Fairy

submitted by kidspeak

Halloween is coming up quick which means there will be lots of CANDY in your house very soon! Some children can’t eat candy due to allergies and special diets and others can eat candy, but as parents, you may try to limit the amount they eat. If this is the case for your family, you just might find the “Halloween Fairy” to be your new BFF. Here are a few ideas on how to use the “Halloween Fairy”:
1. All of the Candy