My Boys… Throwback Thursday #autism

Meeting Brady

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 […]

7 Reasons to Head to Disneyland for Your Next Family Vacation

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It’s no secret that I’m a Disney fanatic. Right now, as I type this, my youngest is watching Finding Nemo while wearing a Lightning McQueen shirt with a Jessie doll nearby and coloring in a Cars coloring book.  We just got back from Disneyland where I attended the Type-A Parent Bootcamp. Amazing as always and we […]

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 […]

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

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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

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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

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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 […]