Great Tips & Ideas for Special Needs Gift Giving

Great Tips & Ideas for Special Needs Gift Giving

Holiday gift giving is difficult, but finding gifts for those with special needs can be especially challenging. It is even harder if the recipient is nonverbal, like my 10-year old son Christopher. I wrote about special needs gift giving in my monthly newsletter, and...
I Am Thankful: Happy Thanksgiving, Autism-Style

I Am Thankful: Happy Thanksgiving, Autism-Style

Thanksgiving is a time of both gratitude and indulgence, just like every holiday. That’s American-style. While most Americans will celebrate by gathering with family, watching football and parades, and eating all the food, autism families might not have that...
Just Breathe! 8 Calming Techniques to Ease Anxiety

Just Breathe! 8 Calming Techniques to Ease Anxiety

The holidays are supposed to be fun and festive, but for many of us they induce stress and anxiety. Luckily just breathing can actually help to ease anxiety. Yoga (one of my favorite go-to stress reducers!) uses breathing techniques to calm anxiety, and I love finding...
Healthier Halloween Candy: Better Treats, No Tricks

Healthier Halloween Candy: Better Treats, No Tricks

Need some healthier Halloween candy options? Of course you want your kids to have a fun holiday. Of course you don’t want them to feel like weirdos. But, you don’t want them eating a bunch of crap either. You also don’t want to be that parent who gives out raisins....
Happy Siblings Day (To The Best Sibs In The World)!

Happy Siblings Day (To The Best Sibs In The World)!

Brothers and sisters share a unique bond and understand each other like no one else can. There is something to be said for growing up with the same weirdness and memories and history. And of course all of the inside jokes siblings have about their parents –...
Paleo Jambalaya: Spice Up Your Mardi Gras

Paleo Jambalaya: Spice Up Your Mardi Gras

Happy Fat Tuesday! In New Orleans, this is the culmination of the annual Mardi Gras celebration. Twenty years ago I was celebrating on Bourbon Street. Back then I thought traditional Mardi Gras fare consisted mainly of Hurricanes and Hand Grenades. Today, my life is...

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