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Baby Steps: Beginning our Family Hope Center Special Needs Program

This post contains an affiliate link to Well Planned Day planners. That means if you purchase a planner via the link, I make a small commission. I am not an affiliate for the Family Hope Center. I received a scholarship to their seminar so I could review their program(s) on behalf of special needs parents. All opinions expressed are my own.

Well, it took longer than I wanted because we had to wait for a few things, but we are starting Dr. J’s Family Hope Center program this week. The mats arrived, the scents are on their way, and I am excited. I sat down Sunday night and sketched out in my Well Planned Day homeschool/family planner what I hope to accomplish. The Newells told us multiple times to be patient and start slowly so we don’t burnout or burnout our kiddos. I am taking them at their word.

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My Guest Post: Autism is Strong

My life was so crazy after getting back from 2:1 Conference last Sunday that I never got a chance to tell you I wrote a guest post for my friend Jennifer Janes. She is running an interesting series, “Autism is…”. Each guest finishes the sentence. Many of my friends are writing for her. It’s a very insightful series if you do not live around autism, and encouraging if you do.

My way of filling in the blank was …strong.

These kids, teens, and adults on the autism spectrum face more than I will ever realize, and they keep going. For most of them, the world around them is on the highest volume and brightest screen possible in a foreign language. Well, I’m going to stop there.

When I wrote this post, I cried as I thought about their strength.

Follow me to Jennifer’s blog to see why autism is strong.




The Power of One Tweak

It has been almost two years since I last tried getting Dr. J’s hair cut at a public place. I’ve been cutting it at home, and once in a while Daddy takes a shot at it. I had a revelation last time I cut his hair–ask him to tell you something else that is as scary as getting his hair cut. Then you can understand his fear better. 

So I did. For my son, getting his hair cut is as scary as Continue reading


What Do YOU See?

I plan on writing a full post about this picture, but before I do, I’m curious. What do YOU see when you look at this playscape? What would your child see?

Take a moment. Look at all of the different elements–the slides, the bridge, the children, the wood chips, etc. Absorb it. Ponder it. Continue reading

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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


S’more Success!

This week gluten-free graham crackers were on sale. Yesterday I had an idea: why not introduce the boys to the childhood fun known as S’mores?

Now, if you aren’t familiar with a S’more, it’s usually made at campfires. You roast some marshmallows, and then grab two graham crackers. You make a sandwich out of the marshmallows, a chunk of chocolate, and the graham crackers.

We didn’t have a campfire. We used a microwave, mini chocolate chips from Enjoy Life, mini marshmallows, and our on-sale graham crackers. It became a practice in dexterity as the boys tried to get the mini chips and marshmallows to stay on top. Then the big question was, would Mommy explode the marshmallows in the microwave, instead of just melt them? (No!)

However, the ultimate question was, would Dr. J actually EAT them? Why, you may ask? Continue reading