Five years ago I was one very overwhelmed autism mom. I didn’t have a diagnosis yet, but that didn’t matter. Asperger’s syndrome. Sensory Processing Disorder. PDD-NOS. Meltdowns. Allergies. All of these things loomed large and intimidating. As is my nature, I researched. I did a lot of reading. However, what helped me most was one friend. Continue reading
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Life can be overwhelming for children with Aspergers syndrome.
As a special needs parent, I’m willing to bet you’d love to make life easier for your child. You watch his struggles and wonder how you can help. Since Dr. J just turned eight, I’ve been contemplating how far he has come in the last five years. By no means do I know everything, but these ten things have helped my son navigate life’s choppy waters, and they can help your child, too. Most of these will help other special needs children as well.
Winter provides a different type of parenting problem
I live in the Midwest. Winters get cold. I have two boys. Add in extra need for movement, developmental delay that causes lack of control, being a one-car family, apartment living, and you’ve got a potentially perfect parenting storm.
A few weeks ago I wrote a post “12 Ways to Grab your Child’s Attention without Yelling“. Sometimes you just need more than ways to talk to your kids. You need things for them to DO! After my day today, I’ve decided I must not be the only parent who needs a list of things to do when the kids are going stir crazy. I know not everyone can do each of these, but hopefully this list gives you some choices. Grab a pen–here we go!
Life is Stressful
Let’s face it. Life has a knack for being stressful, hectic, and chaotic. We face demands from our spouses, kids, extended family, friends, bank accounts, jobs, outside interests, and more. If you’re one of my special needs readers, that adds another layer of stress.
I can’t wave a magic wand and make your life calmer. I can, however, pass on things that help me deal with stress.
Survive special needs life by taking breaks
Parenting is busy and tiring. Special needs parenting wears one out even faster. Many special needs parents handle the bulk of the day-to-day life while the other spouse is at work. Days upon days of meltdowns and therapy drag a body down. Trying to think ahead all of the time to prevent problems wears on you. More than likely, you’ve hit a breaking point before. You lose your temper, say something you regret, or just break down crying in front of your kids.
I’m pretty sure most special needs parents have been there. What if you could reduce the number of times you’re there? It’s possible with the Power of One Break! Continue reading
Thanks again to all my readers for visiting my corner of the world. I didn’t write as much in 2013, but I still had popular posts. Wondering which ones were read the most? Think you missed one? Here are my top 5: Continue reading
As an autism spectrum parent, I’ve had to get creative to find ways to break through my son’s ability to block out the world. Actually, don’t all parents deal with that at some point? I’ve got twelve tricks for you to try. Continue reading