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 […]

eBay Collections for a Cause Can Win You $5k! #imbornto

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When eBay asked if I’d help promote their collections for a cause, I jumped at the chance. When Brady was diagnosed with Autism, speech apraxia, dyspraxia, hypotonia and more, I struggled with the cost of therapy tools. $200 for a special swing. $80 for certain speech tools, $500 for a trampoline. I thought there had […]

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 […]

Disneyland: The Disability Access Card with a Child with Autism

Disney's Disability Access Card Review and Tips

We just got back from the happiest place on earth! The stars magically aligned and I was able to take my youngest, Brady – age 5, to Disneyland for a one-on-one trip with just him and I. Sure, my older boys were a bit green with envy, but considering we’ve been to Walt Disney World […]

3 Books to Get Before National Book Month is Over (Plus a Giveaway!)

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October is National Book Month and I’ve been trying to make the most of it! I’ve filled my Amazon cart a few times with books that make me smile, teach me something new and some that are just plain silly and fun. Here are three books you might want to snag before the month is […]

What Disney Has Taught Me About Autism

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There has been a lot of conversation over the new Disability Access Service Card (or DAS) at Walt Disney World and Disneyland. I wrote about the changes here - Guest Assistance Card at Disney is Undergoing Changes. What This Means for you. I’ve followed various blogs like Autism at the Parks to see just what the […]

Taking the Fear Out of School Lunches for Special Needs Kids

School Lunches Special Needs Kids

As a mom to a picky eater with food allergies and special needs kiddo, lunchtime at school can be scary for everyone. Melanie Potock, MA, CCC-SLP, is a Colorado based speech-language pathologist that has some great tips on how to prep your kids for lunchtime once they head back to school. The time to start prepping is […]

Speak Up for Kids’ Health Colorado April 23

Speak Up for Kids

Children’s Hospital Colorado and the Colorado Children’s Campaign are hosting the second annual Speak Up for Kids’ Health event on Tuesday, April 23. Last year’s event hosted 70 families and child advocates from around Colorado to, in most cases,meet with legislators to share their personal passion for improving access to health care for kids in our state. This […]

10 Tips for Families Coping with Autism

10 Tips for Families Coping with Autism

Yesterday, I was tweeting away when a few thoughts came to mind in regards to tips for autism. I was tweeting here and there and eventually had 10 tips that I feel really help a family of an autistic child. Here they are, in no particular order. Mabel’s Labels. They have these amazing allergy labels […]

Brady and World Autism Day April 2nd 2013

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Our journey with Autism has been a long one. Brady turns 5 on Thursday. He was first diagnosed on the spectrum at age 2. Before that, we had struggles with other conditions, hypotonia, motor coordination disorder and many more. We are thankful for the Autism community and all they have done for support, research and […]

4 Tips on Starting the IEP Process

4 Tips on Starting the IEP Process

  Did you know that March is National Reading Month? Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) are intended to help children reach educational goals, including success in reading, more easily – but they’re often a mystery to parents. A recent study found that schools nationwide could do more to explain the IEP process to families with less […]

AutisMate App for iPad

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I’m always looking for the latest and greatest in the tech world for Autism. With AAC devices costing thousands of dollars, most families are switching to an iPad and some really decent apps for their non-verbal autistic kids. AutisMate is one of those apps, but is more than decent. AutisMate combines an AAC (Augmentative and […]

5 Activities to Help Your Preschooler Succeed in School

5 Activities to Help Your Preschooler Succeed in School

With all of Brady’s delays, he often falls behind his peers in preschool. I’ve found these 5 websites that help him “catch up” and practice key skills at home. Whether your child is delayed or just needs a little extra help, these sites are sure to please. 1. Handwriting Practice Worksheet Generator – This page will […]

4 Gift Ideas for Special Needs Kids

Lego Duplo Read and Build

As seen on Colorado’s Best on Channel 2 here in Denver this morning! Yes, I was extremely nervous as this was only my 3rd news-style segment and dozenth time in front of the camera in general. Thankfully I had been to the studio before with Chris (@TheToyGuy) with Time to Play. Every time he’s in […]