• 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 […]

  • How to De-Escalate Your Child’s Meltdown When You’re Triggered

    Staying calm during your autistic child’s meltdown isn’t an easy task for anyone… But it’s particularly difficult if you are triggered yourself. Whether you’re autistic, you have trauma in your past, you struggle with your mental health or you just can’t stay calm during the chaos, this is the post for you! I’m going to […]

  • When Will My Autistic Child Talk is the Wrong Question

    I have a lot of readers who find my blog when their autistic child was diagnosed recently, or even while they’re waiting for their child’s official diagnosis. And oftentimes, their child is non-speaking or really struggles to communicate verbally. The first question I’m asked is often, “when will my autistic child talk?” And I get […]