Dealing with Sensory Overload During the Holidays

Tips for parents of kids with Sensory Processing Disorders or other special needs like Autism who are overwhelmed during the holidays.

Please welcome my friend, Kyndra, back to the blog. She always shares amazing advice for parents dealing with children who have sensory issues. Thank you, Kyndra, for helping people like me.  We went to Target the other day. The holiday decorations were up, and the children were so mesmerized by the the blinking and moving […]

Love, Marriage, and Attention Deficit Disorder

Very practical tips for spouses of those with an attention deficit disorder. Gives a "he said, she said" perspective into their marriage.

Over a quiet meal, I asked my husband what he would have told me ten years ago that would have helped me to understand how he thinks as a person with an attention deficit disorder. I wanted specific tips that I could share to help others avoid the mistakes we have made. As we discussed […]

Essential Oils of Attention Deficit Disorder

Essential oils for attention deficit problems like ADD/ADHD

The first time I suggested that my husband try essential oils for his ADD, he looked at me with that “please don’t make me smell like a girl” look. Poor guy! He didn’t realize that most essential oils smell natural, and you do not walk away from the bathroom smelling like the fragrance section in […]

4 Free Apps to Increase Attention and Task Management

4 free apps for attention and time management - perfect for adults with adhd

One of the greatest benefits I have found in buying my husband an iPad is the abundance of apps that can actually help him manage his Attention Deficit Disorder symptoms. Simple apps like Reminders and Camera, as well as games like Chess and Solitaire, equip him to pay more attention and stay on task. The purpose of using […]

The Difference Between ADD and ADHD

The difference between add and adhd

This week is ADD/ADHD Awareness Week and I am giving you a rare glimpse into my marriage. I think many people misunderstand Attention Deficit Disorder and for a very long time, you could add my name to that list. My husband, Bill, was diagnosed about two years ago with Attention Deficit Disorder because I finally […]

Essential Oils for Autism

A mother using essential oils for her children with Autism, ADD, and ADHD

We have never been able to give Lira oral medication. The stress we have endured on the nights we tried were so tremendously painful for her and for us that for a long time, we just resorted to shots if antibiotics were needed. Those trips to the doctor’s office were not pretty either. When we […]

Practical Guides for Teaching Skills to Children with Autism

Autism books for teaching life skills

For a long time, I expected our daughter to learn basic life skills just by watching us. Then, I realized that children with Autism and Aspergers have to taught deliberately. I had to give her simple, step-by-step instructions for everything from how to wash her hair to how to hold a pencil. These are two […]

Peace in a House Where Autism Lives ~ Product Recommendation

3 product recommendations for treating behavioral problems and stress in children with Autism ADD ADHD

If you have a child with Autism, then you know that those intense tantrums are going to happen. In moments of stress, I am wanting to change the momentum of our day. These three products have helped our family bring more peace to meltdowns. All of these items are available from Amazon: In-Sync Activity Cards: […]

Autism Every Day ~ A Book for Parents

Autism Every Day ~ A book for parents of kids with Autism by a specialist and mother who has 3 boys with ASD.

I don’t know if I can count the number of times I have wanted a handbook to explain to me how to deal with Autism and the unique perspective it brings to life’s ordinary and not-so-ordinary moments. When a friend handed me Autism Every Day: Over 150 Strategies Lived and Learned by a Professional Autism […]

Books for Children with Autism

Books for children with Autism

If you have a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and have been looking for books that might help you explain their condition or help you with specific problems, here are a few from my personal collection that I recommend: Sensitive Sam by Marla Roth-Fisch Sam has Sensory Processing Disorder. Through this book of delightful […]

The Hardest Post to Write ~ World Autism Awareness Day

Autism Awareness 2013 at

Of all the posts I write each year, this one is always the hardest. I stare at the screen and memories flood back. The emotion rolls up my spine and across my heart as a lump forms in my throat. It doesn’t take long for the familiar questions to rush past my lips. Why her? […]

The Ultimate Guide to Autism Home Therapy

home occupational therapy ideas for children with autism

When our insurance refused to pay for Lira’s occupational and speech therapy, I fought the system for three years. In the end, I had to give up and pay the bill, realizing that we would not be able to pay for professional services again. Letting Lira suffer through her developmental delays and social inadequacies, was […]

10 in 10: Ten Reasons My Child with Autism Loves Homeschool

why homeschool a child with ASD

Lira, our eight-year-old with Autism, loves homeschool. Making the decision to homeschool Lira was extremely personal and I know that homeschooling may not be right for every child on the Spectrum, although it works well for us. I love that I can give her the individual, personalized attention she needs and that… we don’t have […]

Our Favorite Board Games

favorite board games

Do you have games in your house that your children can play over and over again and never grow tired? We do too! I love board games. I love how educational they are. I love the giggles they create too. Qwirkle Board Game ~ Our go-to game on rainy days. I love that you can follow […]

Encouragement for the Mother Dealing with Autism

encouragement for the mother dealing with autism

I can still feel the pain in my fists. Bill had taken Lira outside to play and left me folding clothes in the floor of the living room. The week had been stressful. The diagnosis positive. Lira had an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Suddenly, the pressure was more than I could take. I twisted to my knees and […]

Homeschooling Our Child with Autism (PDD-NOS)

how to homeschool a child with aspergers

Making the decision to homeschool our daughter was difficult, and for a long time, each day was a struggle. When I first started homeschooling my daughter, I thought I had to teach her in a particular way, based on our public schools. I would get her up and try to start school promptly at 9 […]

How We Taught Our Child with Autism to Write

tips for teaching an autistic child to write

I was thinking about how we taught our daughter to use a pencil and honestly, I cannot take the credit. This was primarily done with the help of an occupational therapist but I do remember some things that might be helpful to you. Please note that I am not a therapist and have no official […]

How We Taught Our Child with Autism to Speak

how to teach an autistic to speak

Please remember that Autism Spectrum Disorders are very diverse and no two children are alike. I am not a therapist or a doctor. All I can share is what has worked for us but our techniques are not guaranteed to work for you. Lira was non-verbal until about 3 years old. All I wanted was […]

Autism: 1 in 88 Means Someone Special to Me

Autism Awareness

Statistics are really just numbers until you experience it first hand… until the number becomes a person. Looking back, I think I always knew that one day I would have a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. I know that sounds strange, but I always was amazed by the people who had ASD. I felt […]

Teaching Your Child to Multiply on Their Fingers

multiplication with skip counting

If the multiplication worksheets and fact cards with visual cues have not helped… If using the graphics organizers and cups have not helped… If you are still struggling with a way to teach your child how to multiply, teach them to use their fingers. A video is embeded. Please click through to view. Linked with love […]


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