Back To School: 6 Tips For Your Sensory Child

I know I’m not alone. I get smiles in solidarity, hear the groans at the local Starbucks, and share the frazzled Mom look of yoga pants, messy hair and tired eyes.  It’s called back to school shock. While some Moms are dancing in their driveways, Mom’s like me are charting lists, emailing teachers, staying up late to prep and rising early, just to guzzle down some coffee before the stressful start of the school morning begins....more

Balloons

On the night before the night before preschool we asked Josie what she wanted to do on her last day of summer vacation.She sat and thought really hard until she finally said, "Balloons. I think, yellow for my first, and for my second one...purple."Josie continued with requests for cupcakes and something "fabulous." Excitedly, she went on about the balloons and how she wanted to let them go, and watch them fly to the clouds until they popped....more

Big news on ADHD meds!

Did you see this article?July 8, 2013 Wall Street Journal’s “ADHD Drugs Don’t Boost Kids’ Grades”A new long-term study of nearly 4,000 students found that ADHD drugs like Ritalin and Adderall don’t help achievement scores or grade-point averages. In fact, according to the research, boys who took medications for ADHD actually performed worse in school than boys with similar symptoms who took no stimulant medications. Likewise, girls who took ADHD drugs reported more emotional problems....more

A Wheelchair Accessible Disneyland: The Happiest Place on Earth

A Wheelchair Accessible DisneylandThe Happiest Place on EarthI'm just going to come out and say it....more
Hello there, Momma_Candy! Just happened on this post and so glad I did. What heartwarming news ...more

New test for ADHD uses EEGs

The FDA has approved the use of the NEBA System (named for NEBA Health, which makes the system) for docs to accurately determine if ADHD is the cause of behavior problems.The NEBA System supports, not replaces, traditional diagnosis protocols, like physical exams, behavior quetionnaires and testing, IQ testing and criteria from the DSM-IV-TR.The test is noninvasive and takes 15-20 minutes. It works by calculating the radio of theta and beta waves in the brain. In the past, kids with ADHD have been shown to have higher theta/beta ratios.Here's the story I read:...more

Drugging Einstein

I haven't written in a while but last night I was telling Luke that Albert Einstein was dyslexic and yet he was one of the smartest people known and he came up with brilliant ideas. And then today I ran across this article and it seemed so fitting. So I wanted to share.... it definitely makes you wonder....more

Four Years Later.

Because this day is so important to us.(Cross posted from Christian's Journey.)...more

He asked for seconds!!!!!

He asked for seconds!!!!!      I am sure that many, if not all of you special needs parents can relate to this. Our children are so hard to feed. Liam only eats about 10 things, and just like his obsessions with certain toys or movies, his food list will change like that....more

Le Sigh...

Life.  Life is never easy.  That is extremely true.  When you are given some challenges it's up to you to decide how you will handle these challenges.  To you tackle them head on? Do you crumble and cry? Do you run? I tend to do all the above....more

Autism - what if we’re doing it wrong?

We are wrapping up a spectacular holiday in the Snowy Mountains. It’s 6 or so hours drive from home, stunningly beautiful and the home of Australia’s highest peak, Mt Kosciuszko.Billy, contrary to autism related expectations, is a stellar traveler. He loves an adventure, the newer the better. The one caveat is that he is with us. This time, we got to bring the dog, which made it extra perfect....more