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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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Family Hope Center Progress Report

Back in June I went to Family Hope Center’s 3-day seminar for special needs families. We’ve been doing the creeping and crawling aspect of their therapy program. I have not added in any other new items. I was already careful with nutrition and had been working on better sleep right before I attended.  Continue reading

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Essential Oils for Family Hope Center Scent Therapy

One of my readers asked me the other day which oils I used for the scent therapy part of Family Hope Center’s program. I figured other people are wondering the same, so here you go. I ordered them from The Essential Oil Company on the recommendation of a friend. The point of purchasing there was you could get samples for a reasonable price. I also used the scent list she sent me that someone else going through the program recommended. Nothing original here. I may have picked up one or two others. I don’t remember. Continue reading

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Special Needs & Church: What My Church Did Right at VBS

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Many special needs families don’t get to church.

Some can’t make it–their child just can’t leave the house or handle being at church. For others, they tried, and it didn’t work. What makes me really sad is that there are many families who have been ostracized from their church due to outspoken actions and attitudes or subtle hints that they’re not welcome.

My church is not one of those churches. Over the last year I have watched how they reach out to the five families with kids on the autism spectrum. I excitedly ponder the potential as we grow and expand our ministries.

This summer was Community Bible Church’s first-ever Vacation Bible School (VBS). Prior to this, they did not have their own facility to host such an event. I didn’t volunteer to work during the week because I didn’t know what my husband’s schedule would be. I did get there four out of the five days, and it was very exciting. I watched through the eyes of a special needs mom, and this is what I saw that my church did right…. Continue reading

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The Family Hope Center: My Review Journey

NOTE: I received Your Thriving Child and a scholarship to Family Hope Center’s special needs seminar in exchange for my honest review. They are not paying me any advertisement fees or any compensation for my blog posts. All opinions in this review series are my own, and Family Hope Center knows that I am obligated to present both pros and cons to my readers.

One of the things I love most about my job with HEDUA is bringing special needs to a mainstream company. Because of that, I have been given a great opportunity. The Family Hope Center has asked me to attend their special needs seminar in two weeks. They’ve also sent me their home program Your Thriving Child. The Your Thriving Child program contains 7 DVDs with 16 hours of instruction and a large notebook containing accompanying notes and their special brain development chart. As with all HEDUA reviews, I will be sharing pros and cons.

The Family Hope Center’s programs can be used by any family for any child, challenged or not. However, since I’m a special needs mom, and many special needs parents come to them for help, I’ll be reviewing these programs from that perspective.

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The Power of One Victory

I almost cried in the library last Thursday. My seven-year-old son agreed with a happy willing spirit to try wearing the name tag on yarn around his neck at story time. He doesn’t like the feeling of the yarn on his neck. Frankly, he doesn’t like to wear anything around his neck. For three years he has not worn a name tag around his neck. In the beginning it caused great grief, tears, and anguish. Then we just found other ways to wear the name tag and our kind children’s librarian was ok with that. Continue reading


My Homeschool Story

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If you don’t know me, you may not know that I’m a former elementary classroom teacher. I started out teaching sixth grade in a local Christian school, then moved to third when that teacher got pregnant, and then over to fifth when another colleague became expecting. (In case you’re curious, fifth grade was my favorite!)

Even though I had a degree in education and acquired a graduate degree in children’s literature, I did not plan to homeschool my children. I expected they’d probably go to the Christian school where I formerly taught.

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Review: Learn to Have Fun with Your Senses

Many parents strive to teach their children independence. Parents of children on the autism spectrum desire independence for their children, too, but sometimes that is harder than it sounds. John Taylor, PhD, offers tweens and teens with sensory issues a chance to take charge of their sensory needs, and that is one of the reasons I love Learn to Have Fun with Your Senses: the Sensory Avoider’s Survival Guide. Continue reading


Back to School, Back to Blog

It’s that time of year. Moms purchase pencils, paper, notebooks, crayons, scissors, and many other back-to-school items. Some children bemoan the end of their summer, and some rejoice that they will return to their classmates. It’s time for a new year.

As you know, my little home on the internet is a bit dusty. I’ve not been posting regularly since both my husband and I got new jobs. Mine, working from home as the Social Media Coordinator for Home Educating Family. His, taking him farther down the road so he’s home less during the week which means I have less time for play.

I noticed that my writing buddy had started posting again on her blog. Just like me, she had lost time to work on her internet home, too. But she’s decided to dust off her keyboard and get back to it. She’s encouraged me to do the same, even if it’s not as elaborate as it used to be. For this season in our lives, we may need shorter posts and fewer frills.

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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