Summer Tip #3: Be Prepared

by Jessy | May 02, 2013 | blog, preparation, summer tips, wandering |

When heading out this summer, be sure you have everything you need before you leave.

Summer Tip #2: Get Out and Try New Things

by Jessy | Apr 23, 2013 | blog, outings, summer tips |

Get out and learn something new! Yes, I know! Getting out with a special needs child is a lot of work. Add siblings to the mix and getting out can easily turn into a nightmare. Here’s the secret: learning can take place ANYWHERE! That’s right, even...

Summer Tip #1: Create a Schedule and Stick to It

by Jessy | Apr 16, 2013 | blog, schedule, school, summer tips |

The days of summer are almost here. After a cold winter here in the Chicago area and 10 feet of snow in March, I am so ready for the warm breeze, cook out invites and endless days of summer to quickly arrive. Summertime also welcomes more free time...

Panasonic's Electric Horse

by Jessy | Apr 09, 2013 | blog |

Panasonic developed a "Core Muscle Trainer" to serve as a no impact, strength training device in the home. They already have received endorsement From the American Diabetic Society as a way for elderly (and usually overweight and sedentary) diabetic...

Prompt Hierarchy Education

by Jessy | Apr 03, 2013 | blog |

There are many prompting strategies int he world today, but the approach you will hear about most often in ABA therapy is the use of prompting hierarchies: most-to-least and least-to-most.

A most-to-least prompting strategy is used when the...

Increasing Independence in the Home Setting

by Jessy | Mar 26, 2013 | ABA, blog, Independence, PECS, tips |

Early on, parents of a child with Autism take on many challenging roles. We instantly become not only a parent, but a 24-hour on-call doctor, on-site therapist, “behavior explainer” to the public, personal communication device, mind reader ......

Social Stories

by Jessy | Dec 01, 2012 | AHSS, blog, tips, travel |

Social stories help children learn the skills they need to make good choices that will increase their social acceptance and life skills. They work because they relate to the child's life experiences, are visual and are written in a language a child...

Holiday Survival for the Special Needs Family

by Jessy | Nov 19, 2012 | autism, blog, diagnosis, family, holidays, tips |

"The holidays are coming."

Halloween Tips for Children on the Autism Spectrum

by Jessy | Oct 10, 2012 | blog, holidays, tips |

Tip 1 - Expose your child to Halloween, no matter how early it is or how young he or she is.

Sweet Dreams, iPad

by Jessy | Sep 26, 2012 | blog, iPad, progress, technology |

My son is just crazy about his iPad. And when I say crazy, I mean it goes everywhere with us. Yes, especially the bathroom! The poor gadget hasn't seen 100% battery life since back in January when we became proud owners of our 5th addition to the...

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