My child's psychiatrist prescribed ME Ativan!

About 6 months ago I couldn't understand why I hadn't been coping well with my daughter's TS, OCD or ADD. I was always comparing myself to other moms, and wondering why I found motherhood so difficult. My brain told me that I may have more issues to deal with, but my mind told me I was inadequate regardless....more

2012: Profiles of Inspiring Moms

2012 Best of Look@Her: Profiles of Inspiring Moms Most Wednesdays in 2012, I had the honor and privilege of featuring  a special needs mom, military spouse, military spouse small business owner or inspiring single mom  on Look@Her.   These are very special, inspiring and hard-working women. I am honored to be able to recognize them for being wonderful mothers, wives and role models.Without further hesitation, the Best of Look@HER 2012...more

Reflections on 2012

 Reflections on 2012 by Ms. MommyHH6Wow! I can't believe 2012 is over in a few hours. This year has contained so many ups and downs, challenges and surprises and new paths.   2012 has changed my life and my families in so many ways.    2013 is bound to be quite a year just trying to follow-up 2012.     I wanted to share a few of my own reflections of 2012 and share the the ONE word in 2013 theme for Ms. MommyHH6!Reflections on 2012:...more

Welcome to the Short Bus: No Jerks Allowed

I've been thinking a lot lately about people, and how they think, and what they think about others.I've also been thinking about the short bus.Over the past couple of weeks, I've been reminded that being told you "ride the short bus" is an insult.  It means you are stupid or crazy.  But my daughter rides the short bus, and my sister always rode the short bus, and neither one of them is stupid or crazy....more

Holiday Home Run Gifts: iPad Minis, Apps, and More

If you and your kids are dreaming of a tech-filled holiday season, you probably have questions about tablets, iDevices, and the like. Should you get the brand-new iPad Mini? What makes it a better choice than the larger iPad or the smaller iPod Touch? Do you need accessories, like cases and styluses? Which ones? And what are the best apps for kids of all abilities?...more

Can lithium restore brain function in people with Down Syndrome?

I'd consider this pretty big news: Researchers in Italy used lithium to restore new neurons in the hippocampus (the part of the brain that controls learning and memory). They were also able to "significantly improve" cognitive skills in mice with Down syndrome, especially spatial memory, object discrimination and contextual learning. Apparently, mice are very similar to humans in many ways, so this might prove to work on humans too!Here's the article I read:

Asperger's removed from DSM-V manual

The American Psychiatric Association has said that it's dropping Asperger's from the latest edition of the Diganostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).Instead, it will fall under autism spectrum disorder. The APA said that will help children with autism get diagnosed more consistently and more accurately. This could be a good thing for parents who are trying to get insurance to pay for things. It could also help teachers, schools and parents in determining special ed (and funding)....more

Applying Floortime to Technology: How My Child with Autism Learned to Use the iPad

In this post, I will share how our daughter Beth learned to work the iPad (i.e. learned to poke and drag, the key to using all apps).  I will narrate our process during videos of my daughter demonstrating the apps, and then generalize the lessons I learned at the end of this post. Since we are using Floortime (1) for play therapy, I took a play-based child-centered approach to helping Beth use the iPad. ...more

Waving at Trees

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Austim Speaks contest: Get a star to record a message on your voicemail!

Have Derek Jeter record a voicemail for your brother.Have William Shatner or Patrick Stewart or Leonard Nimoy record a message for that Star Trek-lover in your family.Have Will Ferrell say something hysterical on your home machine.All of these are possible if you donate $299 t Autism Speaks between Dec. 3 and Dec. 9 - on a first-come, first-served basis.The messages can be up to 20 seconds and they'll be MP3 messages so you can do whatever you want with them. PG only, folks!...more