Time-Out Strategies

Yesterday, I was chatting in the hall at school with a mom (of kid with autism) about discipline and guess what? She admitted that she only disciplines her typically developing children, not her child with autism. Since this was the third conversation about disciplining kids on the spectrum in the last three days, I thought this would be a good place to discuss the ins and outs of discipline strategies....more

Parenthood (the TV show), Is it Good or Bad for the Autism Community?

I love to junk-out on TV.  That doesn't mean I actually get to watch mainly due to the fact we don't own a television.  Like many other families with kids on the spectrum, we gave away our T.V. after we caught two year old, Tristan watching static.  I guess now not owning a tube doesn't stop you from watching shows online which I do a few times a week, but I do find myself having to schedule and prioritize.  ...more

Meet the Vermont Team that Won Autism Insurance Mandates

The Vermont dynamic duo of autism reform legislation brought different perspectives that launched Vermont into the group of states that mandate private insurance companies (along with Vermont Medicaid) to pay for autism services....more

Thanks for reading... looking for information about parenting a child on the autism spectrum, ...more

Three year evaluation... we just survived!

According to federal special education law IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) every child in special education needs to be re-evaluation at least every three years to determine eligibility for meeting the criteria for specialized education services (Special Education).  Each state has slightly different special education laws that adhere to the federal law.  I have to admit that I was nervous going into the final eligibility meeting because Tristan has made incredible gains academically. ...more

Last Day of Autism Awareness Month

From last month.  ...more

Emotional Regulation

Yesterday's blog post sparked a hot debate on the Parenting Autism Facebook page about tantrums and melt-downs and the fact I wrote about Liam (typical son), not Tristan (son with autism).  I would like to thank Missy, Angela, Jen, Jill, Iris, Rachel, Brenda, Kim, Libby, and Grace for a great debate, woo-hoo!  I love it....more

What to do with a public meltdown?

All the lunch-goers at Faneuil Hall in Boston probably expected a peaceful lunch while people watching from their cafe tables.  Instead they got Liam in total melt-down mode for about as long as it takes to order dr...more

That is all so true. Plus, remember that what works to calm down and refocus one child, doesn't ...more

How Temple Grandin Changed My Parenting

I posted a link to a TED talk that Temple Grandin gave in February on the ...more

Frustration, Anxiety and Dysregulation

I have to tell you that no matter when you think you have every issue solved or every issue under control, Satan’s’ legion rears its ugly head and takes you on a tailspin, whirlwind dive head first into the eddy of “crap not again.” No it’s not so much that it’s something new, even though we do deal with new issues all the time, but t’s the overarching issue of helping the boys deal with the emotional output and stimuli that assaults them every day....more

Unicorns, Butterflies and Daffodils

Spring has sprung. The air is warmer. The grass is green again. The birds are chirping. You can hear the crickets and the frogs at night. You can smell the fresh flowers and the trees as they bloom. The ancient Greeks celebrated spring as the return of Persephone to the world of her mother Demeter. For as Persephone lived for six months out of every year in the underworld with Hades, Demeter in her despair left the Earth fallow and without any growth, warmth or nurture....more