Happy Mother’s Day from Understood.org

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Since Brady’s diagnosis I’ve done more than my fair share to raise awareness of learning issues, autism, and other special needs. 1 in 5 children struggle with some kind of learning or attention issue and as much as it impacts our children, it also impacts us, the mothers as well. So this weekend I wanted […]

Everything You Ever Wanted, A Memoir by Jillian Lauren

Everything You Ever Wanted, Jillian Lauren

Being in the blogging world, there are some names that jump out at you, whether they are bloggers or authors. One of those names that stood out for me was Jillian Lauren. I didn’t know much about her other than she was close with some of the blogging community that attends the same or similar events, […]

World Autism Day – April 2, 2015

Light It Up Blue AutismSpeaks.org April 2

Every year since Brady’s diagnosis, we encourage people to wear blue, change their porch light to a blue one, donate to worthy autism awareness organizations, etc for World Autism Day on April 2nd. I feel like I’ve talked about this internationally recognized day so much, there can’t possibly be anything new to tell you.  So […]

Robert Smigel Has the Perfect Response to a Fan Questioning the Support of Autism Speaks #NightOfTooManyStars

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Yesterday on the popular site Reddit, Robert Smigel (writer, actor, producer most famous for his work on SNL, Conan as well as the creator/voice/puppeteer of Triumph the Insult Dog) held what’s known as an AMA (ask me anything). He was promoting tonight’s Comedy Central event The Night of Too Many Stars, a fundraiser for Autism.  […]

5 Reasons to Visit History Colorado

5 Reasons to Visit History Colorado

History Colorado is a vibrant museum located in Denver’s Golden Triangle Museum District. They moved to a new location downtown in 2012 and have been growing ever since!  About History Colorado: “History Colorado has cared for the historic treasures of the state for more than 130 years and has directed over a quarter of a billion […]

National Autism Resources Holiday Gift Guide #AutismResources #GiftIdeas

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I’m always looking for new products for Brady and ideas to give family members for holidays and birthdays. So many products that are geared towards typical kids are great for autistic kids as well. I’ve written multiple gift guides showcasing various products, toys and even apps over the years. This year, the National Autism Resource […]

The New #LeapTV is Great for Special Needs Kids!

LeapTV Great for Autism Special Needs

We are huge LeapFrog fans in this house. I love the educational qualities, but also love how easy they are for Brady to use. With his autism and other disabilities, video games are usually challenging. He struggles with hand eye coordination and understanding the concept of a lot of the games out there. He also […]

LeapBand by LeapFrog is Great for Kids with Special Needs

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After getting to interview Mia Hamm about getting kids active and learn about the LeapFrog LeapBand, I thought I would post my own review of the product. (Don’t forget we have a giveaway going as well!!!) When LeapFrog sent me the LeapBand, I was a little nervous as to how Brady would receive it. He […]

LeapFrog LeapBand Giveaway & Exclusive Interview w/Mia Hamm #FitMadeFun

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I recently got a chance to interview soccer and Olympic legend, Mia Hamm while she was working on the LeapFrog LeapBand campaign to get kids outdoors and active. I asked her questions about her work with special needs kids specifically (‘natch). I was so touched she took the time to answer my questions so thoughtfully! […]

My Boys… Throwback Thursday #autism

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Before Brady was born, I knew he’d be special. He had to be with all of the craziness that surrounded my pregnancy. Hyperemesis gravidarum, Premature ventricular contractions (PVCs), back spasms, nerve issues in my arms and sciatica, contractions from 15 weeks on, preterm labor starting at 6 months and going until he was finally born at […]

Special Needs Resource Guide for Parents Coming Soon!

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I’ve had such a long journey, even though Brady is only 6 years old. It’s been a lot of doctor appointments, googling, advocacy classes and parent groups. Lots of facebook questions, meetings with local resources, magazine reading and books orders. Lots of tears, smiles and triumphant dances in my office when I finally get through […]

5 Remarkable Women with Autism

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Autism may now affect 1 in 68*, but that number is drastically lower when comparing autistic boys and girls. Often studies and articles cite a ratio of 4:1, meaning for every 4 autistic boys, there is 1 autistic girl. The characteristics can differ greatly as well. The Simon Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) recently published an […]

Autism and Wandering – Six Tips to Help Prevent the Unthinkable

Autism and Wandering - Six Tips to Help Prevent the Unthinkable

Having a child wander off is scary for any parent or caregiver, adding in the complexities of a child with autism makes it even harder. Will the child be able to communicate to someone to let them know they are lost, or where their home is? Will they be startled by a new sound or […]

Autism Awareness #FashionFriday

Autism Awareness Fashion Friday

There are many ways you can support Autism Awareness, even beyond the month of April. I’ve put together a few outfits to show different ways you can support Autism and still look fashionable doing so! All items are from CafePress where they love to shine a light on Autism. (This post contains affiliate links. All proceeds […]

How I got my Autistic Son to Brush His Teeth

How I got my Autistic Son to Brush His Teeth

This paid post is brought to you by the new free Oral-B Disney Timer App as part of a Type-A Parent Community Sponsored Post. I don’t know about your kids, but having 3 boys here means when it’s time to brush teeth before school and before bed, lots of protesting and whining ensues. Having a […]

13 Celebrities with Autistic Children

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Autism is all around us. In the last few years, experts said 1 in 88 kids were diagnosed. Now some say that number has climbed dramatically to 1 in 50. As you know if you read this blog, my 5 year-old son, Brady, was diagnosed at age 2 with Autism. It’s been a crazy ride […]

A Year in #Autism

A Year in Autism

A Year in Autism I’ve dusted off my neglected blog. Bought the domain two years ago with the idea to post every day, to show people what it is like raising a child on the spectrum.  But then life happens, work happens and things get ignored.  Well, since this is a new year and I’ve […]