People who don’t have firsthand experience with children on the spectrum often mean well, but their actions and words may come across as insensitive.
Parents have enough on their plate taking care of their special needs children, the last thing they need is to get hurt or upset by someone who misspoke.
If you know a parent affected by autism and want to offer support, here are ways you should and shouldn’t ask about their child.
Well over half of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder, including children, have trouble sleeping. This can be very frustrating for both the parents and children.
People often have only one specific idea of what they think autism looks like and it’s usually the severe kind. They think it’s having little to no social or communication skills. Or it could be an inability to make eye contact, and a hypersensitivity to sounds and change.
To these people, having autism automatically means you can never live a full life and you will always need someone else to care for you.
Raising a child with autism spectrum disorder is without a doubt a challenge. Parents try anything from therapy to classes and toys to help their child live better, fuller lives.
Reading to our kids at bedtime is the stuff memories are made of.
We love it. They love it. And the benefits are bar none.
Why is this beloved bedtime tradition so meaningful?
Social skills – this is a tough subject to tackle.
Even for parents of neurotypical kids.
So…..it looks like schools around the country are going virtual this fall. At least, most of them.
What does that mean for you?
Well, many parents are opting to homeschool instead. And, the rest (with the exception of those who have the option of in-person school) are going to do virtual school at home.
We’re in the middle of a global pandemic. That’s kind of a big deal.
But, if you’ve got a child with special needs, those needs don’t just stop even though the world seems to have shut down.
For a time, it made sense to press pause on things until we could get a handle on the virus and figure out how to flatten the curve. Now, several months later, we’ve got to figure out how to resume living in the midst of a very contagious illness that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon.
People consider homeschooling their children for a myriad of reasons.
Something that used to be considered “off the beaten path” has become more mainstream in recent years and is a viable option for many – especially those with diverse learning needs.
With the question of whether schools will reopen in the fall (and if so, what will that look like?), many parents are considering homeschooling their children for the very first time. Read more
“Mommy! Mommy! Mommy! Read me a story!”
Do those words sound familiar? If you’ve got little ones at home, they probably do.
Kids enjoy being read to – and for good reason! Reading to kids creates special memories and offers them a chance to explore new worlds all while cozied up on the couch with the grown-ups they love.