I’m Not a Supermom

by Tulika Prasad I’m not a supermom but I get that a lot. Having a child with Autism does not make me one. Please let me be weak and let me cry, let me make mistakes, let my guard down, and let me just be a mom, a wife ,a woman, not a “super-someone”. The day Vedant was diagnosed with Autism, life handed me a cape and said “now you fight and never stop doing so”. […]

How to Bully Proof Our Schools

By Marcia Hinds  How many of us still remember bullying incidents that occurred when we were in school? These incidents probably only happened once or twice in our lives, but the pain and those incidents are still etched in our minds as though they happened yesterday. We put the bullying behind us, and may be stronger as a result. But what if the bullying occurred on a weekly basis or even daily? Would it be […]

How One’s Voice can be used along with Assistive Technology

by Kippie Martin This is an article about how hearing one’s voice can possibly be used as a method of motivating, focusing, and healing. As an assistive technology consultant who has worked with individuals with disabilities for over twenty years, I have utilized software, hardware, and adaptive devices to meet the goals of students with disabilities. Acknowledging that new discoveries are made each day if we as educators are able to observe, research, make connections, and […]

Forgetting Milestones and Learning to Measure Progress…a New Way of Thinking! #RunningandAutism

by Mary Ellen Bogucki As I sit down to write this, I still find it all hard to believe. You see, my daughter, Bree, walks at a pace equal to that of a turtle.  Okay, I exaggerate, but only to prove the point that she prefers to walk slowly.  As I often say, hurry means nothing to her and the more I tell her to hurry, the slower she goes.  So, as I have written […]

We Don’t Treat a Diagnosis

by Nicole Kolenda As a parent of a child with special needs, you will ALWAYS remember the day you received your child’s diagnosis. You will always think back to THAT conversation, with that specialist, who sat you down and discussed with you their “findings”. Many of you, in this precise moment, wanted so badly to be fully present and listen that you made yourself nauseous trying. Others just blanked out—asking your significant other a litany of […]

Special Needs Mom Discovers Priceless Art Collection in Her Own Home

by Colleen Berlingieri Everyone has their favorite traditions. One of mine is decorating the house for Christmas. I love putting on some holiday music, grabbing a cup of coffee and going through the boxes that my boys have brought up from the basement. Then I spend the next couple of hours putting away my everyday decorations and putting up my Christmas ones. This year, as I was going about my usual routine, I began to notice […]

Boston Inspired

by Ann Allen  ~The everyday kindness of the back roads, more than makes up for the agony of the headlines By Charles Kuralt Life is beautiful. Ah, such a cliché, but sometimes it feels like that when people are put in your life at the right time, in the right place, and wearing running shoes. This is the story of how my family joined the running community. On Sunday, April 14, 2013, a woman approached […]

Forgetting Milestones and Learning to Measure Progress…a New Way of Thinking! #Interests/Talents

By Mary Ellen Bogucki When my daughter was diagnosed with Autism, I immediately started researching and learning all I could on the subject. One of the first people I learned about was Temple Grandin and I immediately became a big fan of hers. Temple provided insight into what my daughter was experiencing, long before Bree could communicate with me. There are so many things I learned from Temple, but one important lesson was to focus […]

Did you hear the big news?!

I have been debating on whether or not to share the awesome news that we recently received. Like, big news. I couldn’t wait to tell everyone. The truth is, the news was so exciting to me, that I wanted to stop random people to tell them…but I’m going to venture a guess that Bob, the cashier at Wawa, wouldn’t have reciprocated my enthusiasm. Thanks a lot for the buzz kill, Bob; the coffee was good though! I’m […]

How to make meetings with school staff work.

by Lynne Pearson If you are the parent of an autistic child the chances are high that you’ll have plenty of meetings with school staff. It’s always a good idea to go into meetings prepared and with an attitude that is the most likely to bring about a favourable outcome for your child, you and the school. Basically you are going to have to become a skilled negotiator. Recently  I read a famous book about […]