• 3 Simple Steps to Manage Anxious Thoughts

    As I got ready for that first flight as an adult, my first solo flight ever and the first flight I’d been on in ten years, I was an anxious ball of worst-case-scenario thoughts. What if I got lost in the airport? What if I didn’t make my connection? What if I missed my flight […]

  • Is Your Child’s Goal Autistic-Led?

    When you have an autistic child, goals are often thrown at you from all sides. Their OT is setting goals about creating a sensory diet, their SLP might be setting goals about communicating wants and needs, their school might be setting goals about “reducing negative behaviors”. It can feel super overwhelming, and you can easily […]

  • 7 Tips to Survive the Lack of Routine During the Holidays

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year… Except when it’s not. I have always been obnoxiously holiday-obsessed. My family even has a make-believe holiday called Cookie Day and Santa even comes… When I had kids I was SO excited for the holiday season. We’d bake cookies and watch Christmas movies and drive around looking […]

  • The Right and Wrong Way to Use First/Then Charts for Autistic Children

    First/Then Charts… I’m sure that you’ve seen them… In classrooms and in therapy offices, maybe even at your house. And there’s a lot to unpack with First/Then Charts… Because here’s the thing: They can be extremely helpful or they can also be extremely harmful. See, there is a definite ‘wrong way’ to use First/Then Charts… […]

  • 3 Effective Strategies to Become a Better Parent Advocate

    When your child is diagnosed with autism, there are really two routes you can go. First, the most popular route is the “autism mom™” route. You think autism is a tragedy that steals your child from you, but you are a superhero that has overcome. Thankfully, there’s another option! Instead of donning the puzzle-piece laden […]