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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...

Selecting a school

by Jessy | Aug 06, 2012 | AHSS, BCBA, blog, questions, school |

Selecting a school or residential program for your child is a big decision and finding the right fit can be stressful. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be. The important thing to remember is to be prepared. Sit down and talk about the things that...

Back to reality

by Jessy | Jul 31, 2012 | blog, progress, school, sleep disorder, tips |

Yep, it’s almost time to rush off to the nearest Office Max and catch the early bird specials on back-to-school supplies. It seems either August is approaching faster than I can grip my mind around or the fact that my son is still staying up until...

Mixing fireworks with autism

by Jessy | Jul 02, 2012 | blog, family, holidays, tips |

When I was a kid, the fireworks were my favorite event of the summer. Every year we all hopped happily into the car and drove to the waterside in my Virginia hometown to celebrate our country's independence. There was nothing better than navigating...

How to run "The Magnificent Milestone Mile" and win

by Jessy | Jun 28, 2012 | blog, learning, patience, progress |

For the last several months, I have been asking my seven-year-old special needs son if he’s ready to learn how to tie his shoes yet. I know that motor skill disorder is a serious roadblock for him and pushing him to learn a new motor skill only...

What I really do and why I love it! - why we do what we do

by Jessy | Jun 15, 2012 | AHSS, blog, determination, inspiration, progress |

Today as I was driving to work, I started thinking about all the reasons why I love what I do and why I choose to do it. When people see me with what I call “love marks” (i.e. bruises, scratches, etc.) and ask me what I do, the initial response is...

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