I don’t need therapy. I have a dog!

autism therapy dog

If you're wondering about getting a dog for your child, if you think it will help, I can tell you in our family, it does. We were told by our psychologist when our son was in the 1st grade, to get a dog.  He said it would help everyone to get along better in the ...

Talking About the Diagnosis

How and when should you tell your child about his diagnosis? Situations vary for child, and family. Some children have a temperament and intellect, so you’re talking about it early and often. Some children have no interest, may not be old enough to understand, or with lower intellect, may not understand and benefit from detailed ...

Persistence

Wow! If I could add one skill to my son's toolkit, it would be persistence! His poor ability to distill the important message in the presented information, organise, plan, anticipate, break into do-able parts, synthesise information, problem-solve (all executive functioning) made my son's project for communications class SO HARD this week! And he found it ...

Free Book Giveaway

Would you like the opportunity to get a free signed copy of my new book? If you're a Facebook user, stop over at the Raising An Amazing Child with Autism Facebook page and comment there to be entered into the free drawing on December 15th. If you prefer not to use Facebook, you can still enter the ...

Aspergers Grown Up

My child with Aspergers has grown up into a man with Aspergers. The 20's is a time of change for all adults. Changes come as students graduate high school, or age out of programs at 22. Support systems, in the form of IEPs or 504s go away. Some students won't disclose autism in college, or ...

Name Changes – Autism & Aspergers What’s a Spectrum?

I recently connected with a couple of awesome FB groups for parents of kids with Asperger's. I began to wonder about why Asperger's was still being used in the online community (in 2017), since its removal from the DSM-5 in 2013? Here's what I've discovered. Many parents have heard the name "autism" before. But "spectrum" and ...

The Most Important Goals of Accent Neutralization

What are the most important goals for an accent neutralization program? You might think the sounds of English are the most important goals to work on. But what many don't realise is there are additional features of English that may be more helpful to focus on. These features include word stress and sentence stress, rhythm, intonation and linking ...