Issue 49 – Understanding the People We Love
Advice on Understanding and Calming Sensory Overload in Children
A pediatric occupational therapist and mother explains sensory overload and provides excellent ways to calm.
Kimberly Zissler Syers OTR/L
The Benefits of Teaching Your Child with ASD the Value of Money
A communication expert provides great tips on how to teach someone with autism the value of money through working, saving, and spending wisely.
Karen Kabaki-Sisto, M.S. CCC-SLP
Powerful Insights on Parenting from a Mother on the Spectrum
An autism specialist interviews author Laura Nadine, who shares what it’s like be on the spectrum and be a parent to both an ASD child and a neurotypical child.
Stephanie C. Holmes
Ways Growing Up in a Spectrum Home Helped Me Learn to Effectively Communicate
An insightful interview with Laura Nadine’s neurotypical daughter on how she connects with her family.
Stephanie C. Holmes & Allana Loraine
Top 5 Successful Ways to Travel with a Child with Autism
Learn great strategies for alleviating some of the stress of traveling this summer.
Couple Develops Unique Video Series to Combat Sleep Issues
Q&A with the founders of Quiet Time Entertainment, developer of the Everyone Sleeps video series, which soothes children into a tranquil slumber.
Amy KD Tobik
Top 5 Social Skills Tips for Teens with Special Needs
Excellent advice for teens with autism to help them succeed in school, work, and daily life.
5 Tips to Finding a New Love When You Have Children with Autism
A mom with three children shares her advice for finding the ‘right’ relationship match to complement a family affected by autism.
Making Popular Video Games Good for Kids Affected by Autism
The founder and president of LearningWorks for Kids provides his advice on how to help a child with autism utilize technology; includes best games for improving executive function, problem-solving, and social emotional learning skills.
Randy Kulman, Ph.D.
Simple Family Activities to Share with your Child with Autism
The father of a young boy with autism shares a list of family activities that bring his family together.
Mark D. Peterson
Not Right Now, But Later – Words to Live By
A mom of a young man with autism lovingly shares the importance of patience with a child’s development.
Natural Healing: How to Heal the Gut to Heal the Behavior
Learn easy ways to heal the gut lining and the brain through diet and supplements.
What is Autism, Really?
An advocate and father of a child on the spectrum shares the often overlooked abilities and talents of people with autism.
Learning to Be Fun Again – Easy Ways to Engage Preschoolers with Autism
A preschool teacher of students with autism shares simple strategies to engage students and have a great time at little or no cost.
Kelly Pilkie B.A, B.Ed
Gaining Important Life Skills – A Cautionary Culinary Tale
A special education teacher describes her remarkable cooking journey with her son with Asperger’s syndrome.
Polly Godwin Emmons
Touching New Memoir Explores Life with High-functioning Autism
Gain a better understanding of what life is like with Asperger’s syndrome from Michelle Vines, author of the moving book, Asperger’s on the Inside.
New Book Provides Advice on How to Become Your Child’s Strongest Advocate
Be sure to read Cathy Love’s book Becoming Chief – How to Lead Your Child’s Special Needs Tribe, as she guides parents on how to act as a child’s strongest advocate and fiercest protector.
5 Simple Ways to Help Your Child with ASD Cope with Crowded Events
Expert advice on ways you can help your child manage crowded events, specifically July 4th celebrations.
Jamie E. Carter, Ph.D. and Ahna I. O’Shaughnessy, M.A.
Hot Off the Press!
High School Kids with Autism Make Terrific Computer Coders
Learn about how Curtin University Autism Academy for Software Quality Assurance helps teens further develop skills that ultimately link them to employers in business and industry.
HELP: I Need Simple Ways to Teach My Child Self Control
Simple tips on how to use a token system to encourage self-control.
Angelina M, MS, BCBA, MFTI
Valuable Ways to Help a Child with ASD Deal with the Unexpected
Professional advice on ways to help a child with autism learn much-needed executive functioning skills.
Sarah Kupferschmidt, MA, BCBA
Ways to Fund Your Child’s Lifetime Support Needs
Expert advice on ways to utilize life insurance to help fund a Special Needs Trust for a lifetime of support.
Ryan F. Platt, MBA, ChFC, ChSNC
Yummy Passion Fruit Panna Cotta
This smooth and refreshing treat is simple to make and provides many health benefits.
Autism Food Club
When I attended an autism-centered conference in the Carolinas a couple of years ago, I met a woman who made quite an impression on me — Laura Nadine. This vivacious woman from Georgia defined herself as a mother, author, public speaker, music teacher, and filmmaker, as well as an individual with autism.
Laura, who had her two children in tow during her presentation, described her diagnosis as a gift. You see, Laura spent most of her life struggling in school and with relationships; she couldn’t read until she was 9 years old and couldn’t tie her shoes until age 14. It wasn’t until Laura’s own son was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome several years ago that Laura learned she, too, was on the spectrum. Finally, Laura felt understood.
Feeling understood is extremely important for both people diagnosed on the spectrum as well as their neurotypical counterparts when dealing with autism. So is perspective. That’s why we are so excited to share an exclusive interview with Laura Nadine on what it’s like to be on the spectrum while parenting both a child with autism and a neurotypical child. We invite you to take a look at the piece Powerful Insights on Parenting from a Mother on the Spectrum, provided by Certified Autism Specialist Stephanie C. Holmes, as her interview reveals both the struggles of parenting as well as the joy.
Since sharing perspectives is vital to understanding, we are thrilled to share insight from a neurotypical young woman who has both a mother and a brother diagnosed with autism. Please read Stephanie’s corresponding interview with Laura’s college-aged daughter, Allana Loraine, in the piece called Ways Growing Up in a Spectrum Home Helped Me Learn to Effectively Communicate. Allana’s viewpoint is both poignant and inspirational.
We all know a strong sense of family is so important to children. As we head into the summer months, let’s make our extended time together quality time. We are happy to share some family activities you can easily do together provided by Mark D. Peterson, who is dad to Cory, a young, nonverbal boy. Please take a look at Simple Family Activities to Share with your Child with Autism as Mark shares a list of simple activities that have brought his family together.
We also have a piece written by Kelly Pilkie B.A, B.Ed , a special needs preschool teacher, called Learning to Be Fun Again – Easy Ways to Engage Preschoolers with Autism. Kelly believes kids on the spectrum don’t need expensive, top-of-the-line toys to be engaged. In fact, she says these kinds of toys can have the opposite effect for some children. Instead, Kelly offers low-cost play strategies, from simple hula-hoop activities to incorporating sensory activities into play.
Finding activities to help calm a child with autism is equally important during the summer, especially if he/she is prone to sensory overload and meltdowns. Please read the piece Advice on Understanding and Calming Sensory Overload in Children by Kimberly Zissler Syers OTR/L, as the pediatric occupational therapist and mother explains sensory overload and provides excellent options for calming.
Summer break also provides a valuable opportunity to work on certain skills with your child. Please take a look at Kirt Manecke’s piece called Top 5 Social Skills Tips for Teens with Special Needs for advice on helping high-functioning teens succeed in school, work, and daily life. And while you have some extra time, work on another important skill: understanding the value of money. For great tips on how to educate a child with autism the value of money through working, saving, and spending wisely, take a look at communication expert Karen Kabaki-Sisto’s piece, The Benefits of Teaching Your Child with ASD the Value of Money.
Wishing our readers a safe and relaxing summer.
Amy KD Tobik