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10 Ways to Empower your Child with Aspergers Syndrome

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Life can be overwhelming for children with Aspergers syndrome.

As a special needs parent, I’m willing to bet you’d love to make life easier for your child. You watch his struggles and wonder how you can help. Since Dr. J just turned eight, I’ve been contemplating how far he has come in the last five years. By no means do I know everything, but these ten things have helped my son navigate life’s choppy waters, and they can help your child, too. Most of these will help other special needs children as well.

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The Power of One Kindness

I’m lying flat on my back in bed, typing this on my phone. Won’t be very fancy, but I wanted to encourage you, parents.

Yesterday was a tough day for me. Dr. J had virtually no ability to focus and just about as much capability for self-control. I cried.

Today I hurt my back exercising. I cried. Made it to the bed and asked Dr. J to get me the ice pack. Not only did he bring it, he wrapped it in a dish towel for me. He brought in my laptop and turned on Piano Guys. With my instruction, he was able to heat up the heat pack in the microwave. He would not have been able to do that yesterday. He made me a get well letter from his fish.

Meatball cried with me, brought me my water glass, and drew me a picture.

Don’t give up, parents. Today my boys are showing me kindness. Keep modeling behavior and persevering!



Fabulous Field Trips & Well Planned Day Giveaway

UPDATE: Congratulations to Christina, the winner of the Well Planned Day planner!

Today is the last installment of Home Educating Family’s review team’s Not-Back-to-School blog hop! The team has enjoyed it, and we hope you have, too. Remember to read all the way to the end to discover how to enter our final giveaway. One of my readers will win a Well Planned Day planner!

Three years ago I read one of the best tips ever for a family with a child on the autism spectrum–since spectrum kids can be so unpredictable when it comes to presents, ask for money towards a membership to a museum/zoo/attraction instead of presents. This is fabulous advice! Continue reading

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Please Pray for Jackson

As you know, my blog has been really neglected, and I’ve been missing from autism discussions on Twitter. Life just happens, personal things get in the way, and I try to remind myself I’m advocating for special needs families on a larger scale when I work my job at Home Educating Family and bring special needs to public knowledge.

Having said that, my friend Gina and her family are facing some pretty heavy stuff lately. I want to invite you to visit Jackson’s Journey and get to know him a bit. He’s facing brain surgery, and he’s a brave little man! Please take a moment to pray for God’s watch care over him, and then visit his page and leave him an encouraging word.



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Instrumental Dreamland–Music for the Soul

I had the pleasure of taking Instrumental Dreamland for a test drive. Here’s part of my review:

Have you ever had a crazy night right before bedtime? A night when the kids are wound up, and hoping they’ll go to sleep seems futile? Ok, you don’t have to raise your hand. I know you’re out there. Instrumental Dreamland is here to help!

With eleven songs in an acoustical style, Instrumental Dreamland will calm your children for sleep. It would also be great for an afternoon break time or background music at dinner. As I was writing this, both my sons were running and stomping around. I asked my six-year-old to put the CD on so we could time it. They both calmed down before the first song was over! That, my friends, is magic that is worth more than $14.98!

You can find the rest of the review over at Home Educating Family Reviews. There’s a giveaway, too, so click over to see how many stars I gave the CD, and enter to win it! (The giveaway widget is on the top right of the review.)

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What I Wish I’d Had Two Years Ago

I’m very excited. Today, my review of Bobbi Sheahan’s book What I Wish I’d Known about Raising a Child with Autism is going live on the Home Educating Family review site.  I wish I had this book two years ago! Here’s an excerpt from my review:

Homeschooling mom Bobbi Sheahan is funny. She’s down-to-earth. She has four children, and two of them have special needs. One of her daughters has autism. I’d say these things make her the perfect choice for writing What I Wish I’d Known about Raising a Child with Autism. Frankly, I wish I’d had this book over two years ago!

Bobbi teamed up with her daughter’s psychologist, Dr. Kathy DeOrnellas, to write this book that gives “heartfelt guidance for the first five years.” These ladies wrote What I Wish I’d Known for those who wonder if their child might be on the spectrum and for those who know their child is on the spectrum. If you are an autism parent, you will laugh, cry, nod your head, and learn some things. You will feel as if you have met people who understand. You will feel like you are not alone.

To read the entire review and see if I think her book is really worth $14.95, head on over to Home Educating Family reviews. What are you waiting for? Don’t you want to see what I think of Bobbi’s book? THERE’S A GIVEAWAY! Go!


An Aspie Fable

Once upon a time there was a little boy with Aspergers syndrome. Sometimes he had a hard time calming his body, especially when he started to get upset. His mommy loved him very much, and she tried to find ways to help him learn to calm himself.

One day the mommy had an idea. “I could get my son a rainmaker toy. He would enjoy watching the beads fall down, down, down through the holes. The rain-like sound they make as they cascade down will distract him from his anger, and be soothing to his spirit.” The mommy searched, and eventually found a rainmaker toy.

The mommy, as many Aspie mommies do, made a big deal of this toy. She created a great sales pitch, and explained to her little man how it was an Aspie tool. She showed him the beads falling and pointed out the calming sound they made. The mommy told her Aspie that when he started to get angry, he could get his rainmaker toy, sit on her bed, and calm himself by watching it.

She had high hopes.

The Aspie son decided to check out his new rainmaker toy. He took it to his favorite corner of the couch, curled up his legs, and tipped it over. The mommy went to the kitchen to start dinner, smiling as she thought of how this was going to help her son.

A few minutes later, in the midst of chopping vegetables, the mommy heard a different sound. It was not pleasant like rain drops. It was banging. And more banging. AND MORE BANGING. Her Aspie was banging on the top of the rainmaker toy. He was not calm. He was becoming frustrated. Quite frustrated, in fact.

You see, this little man was frustrated. Some of the beads were stuck at the top, and were not going down the little holes. Like they were supposed to. They were not following the rules. 

And so, what was intended to be a calming toy became of source of consternation and now lays discarded on the bedroom floor.

Moral: Things are not always as they seem.


Now it’s your turn! Have you ever had a time when you bought something for your child, and things went horribly wrong, or it got used in a much different way than you anticipated? Share your story in the comments!


The Tweeps and the Mommas

Saturday was a very exciting day for me. I’ve been working on the Home Educating Family blog, and one thing I wanted to do was incorporate a weekly special needs post. I know there are a lot of homeschooling special needs families out there, and I want our magazine to reach out to them. I also know a lot of special needs families that are not homeschooling could benefit from these posts.

So, I went to work. I started gathering posts from special guests. Saturday was the first post. Holly Nelson was gracious enough to share about being a single parent, special needs homeschooler. Saturday morning I started spreading the word. It sounded something like this: Continue reading