LeapFrog’s LeapPad Platinum is a Big Hit For Kids with Special Needs and Autism!


We have been long time fans of LeapFrog products. For the past 15+ years my boys have been playing with them. We’ve had every handheld and tablet they’ve made and still have the original Leapster! To say we are fans is an understatement. My youngest son is 7 and autistic and he has been using […]

Happy Mother’s Day from Understood.org


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

Night of Too Many Stars Jon Stewart

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

autism gift guide

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


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

Mia Hamm ColoradoMoms

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

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!


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


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 […]

Local Business Spotlight: Everyday Yogis with Jammie Speyer


Yoga is one of my very favorite activities. It has so many benefits to the mind and body, and it is a great compliment to any fitness routine. But you don’t have to be a gym rat to enjoy it, in fact you don’t even have to be in great shape! Jammie Speyer of Everyday […]

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 […]

What Disney Has Taught Me About Autism

what disney has taught me about autism

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 […]