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Top 10 Places to Practice Social Skills


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Top 10 Places to Practice Social Skills

Autism parents who choose to homeschool their children often get extra questions. After all, why would we choose to homeschool a child who has social delays? Don’t they need to be in school to practice their social skills?

Last week I wrote my answer to that question on HEDUA’s blog. Continue reading

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The Power of One Discouragement

Some of you have probably been wondering, “All that Power of One stuff is great, Many Hats Mommy, but don’t you ever get discouraged?”

Um, yes.

That’s the whole reason the Power of One came to be–to help me fight discouragement!

But, let’s be honest. Even the most self-controlled minds (and I don’t claim to be one) get tired and lose the battle sometimes. That happened to me last Thursday. Continue reading


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Visual Techniques for Developing Social Skills

As an autism parent, have you ever felt at a loss for words when you try to explain a social skill to your child? For example, how in the world do you explain personal space to your child, especially if (s)he currently doesn’t care about people? Rebecca Moyes, MEd, wrote just the book to help: Visual Techniques for Developing Social Skills.

Since kids on the autism spectrum usually need assistance in determining how to act in many social situations, and since they also need visual prompts, Rebecca Moyes created activities using everyday items to help them understand why a social skill is needed, and then how to perform it. She also gives parents and educators just the right words for explanation, without being overly verbose so that you lose the child. Continue reading


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Temple Grandin’s New Book: Different, Not Less

I know I just posted a review the other day, but I couldn’t wait to get this in your hands once I finished reading Dr. Temple Grandin’s new book that isn’t even on shelves yet!

I don’t know if I can explain how it felt to sit at my computer and see Temple Grandin’s book on my screen BEFORE it went to print! I still get goosebumps thinking about it! I must start my review by thanking Future Horizons for such an amazing opportunity! Thank you to my readers, too, for giving me an audience! I wouldn’t have reviews and posts to write if it weren’t for you. Please read all the way to the end, Future Horizons has a really special treat for you!

Different, Not Less is Temple Grandin’s newest book–not even on store shelves yet! Dr. Grandin collected stories from adults on the spectrum. They share stories from growing up–from young childhood to college. These folks tell what their challenges and triumphs were. They boldly and bravely let us peek into their personal lives. Continue reading


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Giveaway for Aspergers Teen Book!

I am SO excited! I reviewed A 5 is Against the Law by Kari Dunn Buron on the Home Educating Family review site. But that’s not why I am excited. Here’s why: five, yes FIVE people will win a copy, and everyone can take advantage of a discount!

Head on over to see what I think of this book, and enter to win your own copy. I’ll tell you this much, if you have someone that’s going to be 13 or up with high-functioning autism or Asperger’s, you want this book. It is fabulous for helping teens learn about social skills. Now, go try to win a copy!


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The Child with Autism at Home & in the Community–Review

Take a good look at this cover. Memorize the title–The Child with Autism at Home & in the Community. If you are still new to autism, you need this book! I am not joking. No one is paying me to say that. There are over 600 easy and practical tips that autism caregivers can use NOW! They will make your life easier and help make your child’s life happier. Yet another resource from Future Horizons that I wish I had two years ago when Dr. J’s reality was still new to us.

Kathy Labosh shares her best tips from trial-and-error parenting of two children with autism. LaNita Miller uses her expertise in teaching spectrum children to help caregivers succeed. Truly The Child with Autism at Home & in the Community deserves a place on shelves across the world in libraries, schools, and homes! Continue reading


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A People-Pleasing Pig?

The other day when I took the boys to the library, Meatball found the book Piggy’s Pancake Parlor by David McPhail. I had never read it before, and I figured it was just a silly little book that would make my guys laugh. Little did I know a parable on how to treat others was tucked inside! Continue reading