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Family Hope Center Therapy: A Year Later

I know I haven’t written here in months, and I know this will be a fast post. However, some people have wondered what’s happened with Dr. J’s therapy since I went to training at the Family Hope Center last summer. See my son's results a year after my Family Hope Center training! via manyhatsmommy.com I just completed a re-evaluation to see where he falls. At first I was very depressed because he came out as an infant. HUH?

After trying not to cry, I figured I did something wrong in the calculating. I tore through my notes, and lo! I had! Now, here’s reality.

The only thing I’ve done since the training is the therapy laps (creeping and crawling) and a few nutrition tweaks. I did not do any of the sensory therapy. I didn’t even reach the full number of laps. I was trying to have both boys do laps and some days it’s really frustrating to keep on top of that in a one-bedroom apartment with squirrely boys!

So, imagine my surprise when…

Dr. J has gained 17% brain function. He gained 13.5 months in neurological age ABOVE the 12 that he aged! (He gained 25.5 months total.) I am very excited.

So, if you’re curious about Family Hope Center, all I can say is look at his numbers on the partial program. That’s all, folks!

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10 Steps to Cleaning a Child’s Room without Losing your Mind

One of parenting’s great problems: (cue scary music) Clean kid rooms

More than likely you’ve had those days when stepping into your child’s room takes great courage and agility. You see stuffed animals and toys strewn around the floor, dirty clothes that didn’t make it to the basket, papers on the floor, and Legos waiting to stab your feet. You sigh and walk away, too weary to argue.

I’ve been there! I’m by no means the Dali Llama of clean kids rooms, but I do have some steps that have helped us make the cleaning experience less traumatic for all. I pass these to you to make your life less stressful.

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The Power of One Friend

Five years ago I was one very overwhelmed autism mom. I didn’t have a diagnosis yet, but that didn’t matter. Asperger’s syndrome. Sensory Processing Disorder. PDD-NOS. Meltdowns. Allergies. All of these things loomed large and intimidating. As is my nature, I researched. I did a lot of reading. However, what helped me most was one friend. Continue reading


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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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12 Ways to Create Calm in 2014

Life is Stressful

Let’s face it. Life has a knack for being stressful, hectic, and chaotic. We face demands from our spouses, kids, extended family, friends, bank accounts, jobs, outside interests, and more. If you’re one of my special needs readers, that adds another layer of stress.

I can’t wave a magic wand and make your life calmer. I can, however, pass on things that help me deal with stress.

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Autism, Parenting, and Chocolate: My Top 5 Posts from 2013

Thanks again to all my readers for visiting my corner of the world. I didn’t write as much in 2013, but I still had popular posts. Wondering which ones were read the most? Think you missed one? Here are my top 5: Continue reading