Seeing People Wearing Masks

I had a couple of requests for a story about seeing other people wear masks out in public. I had been thinking about writing one because I live in Wisconsin and while many people are wearing masks in stores, not everyone is. Even as an adult, it felt kind of strange and startling to s
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What Will They Call This?

Since all of this COVID-19 stuff has started, I have been wondering what “all this” will be called in the history books.  Even as I am experiencing it, I am thinking about how this unprecedented time will be remembered, about how future generations will learn about the Coronaviru
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Consistency During a Lockdown

These times are unprecedented. Many of us are just going day-to-day making sure we brush our teeth. That’s okay. One day at a time has never had more meaning. I’ve heard from a few parents whose children receive speech or occupational therapy. They are distraught because they know how
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How to Cope with Disrupted Family Routines During COVID-19

Autism Speaks shares some helpful advice for dealing with the sudden and drastic change in routines that our households are currently experiencing. These changes are especially challenging for children who have autism. Visual daily schedules, increased physical activity, organized fam
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My New Year’s Resolution This Year is Simple

This article was featured on the Autism Speaks blog in January 2019. It’s only the first week of January, and I’m already wavering on my “reduce chocolate” resolution. Maybe some things are for the best. Generally I am a person who takes New Year’s Resolutions seriously. The holiday r
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To Parents of Children With Autism Who Worry About the Future

Dear Parents of Children with Autism, You are true warriors. You’re the most determined individuals on Earth. You’re tired. You’re probably in need of a shower because you haven’t been able to leave your child’s side for even a few minutes. You may be running around trying to balance
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The Three Month Rule

Today I was interviewed by a graduate student who was doing research on autism, parenting, and all that jazz. One of his last questions was, “What would you tell a new to autism family or just any family that maybe just needed some inspiration?” So I told him the secret of
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How I Successfully and Happily Fly With My Son

I travel fairly regularly and my son goes just about everywhere I do. I have learned several things along the way that help make everyone’s day (especially mine) significantly better! First, contact TSA Passenger Support according to their website. “TSA Cares is a helpline that
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An Open Letter To My Child’s Speech Therapist

Dear Speech Therapist, You met my daughter, a little pixie of a girl, almost four years ago. She had round cheeks and two tiny, wispy pigtails that you tell me you remember like it was yesterday. Although my little girl had recently turned three years old, she had less than 25 words i
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Gift Guide for Children Who Struggle

  Thank you to Connecting for Kids for creating and sharing this wonderful resource! Many families whose children struggle face difficulties in suggesting or choosing gifts for their child. To help out this year, we asked Connecting for Kids families for their favorite gift ideas
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