Healthy Nutrition, Happy Minds
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by Kathy McClelland
5d ago
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder that affects communication, behavior, and social interactions. While there is no cure for autism, various interventions can help manage symptoms and improve quality of life. One such intervention is healthy nutrition. Understanding the nutritional needs and challenges of individuals with autism can lead to significant improvements in their overall health and well-being, offering a beacon of hope for a better quality of life. This blog article explores the relationship between nutrition and autism, highlighting critical dietary approach ..read more
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Navigating the Screen Time Tightrope: Balancing Tech for Kids with Autism
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by Kathy McClelland
3w ago
Parent Perspective: The Pros and Cons of Screen Time for Children with Autism There is no escaping technology. The children we’re raising today live in a world vastly different from our childhoods. Gone are the days of endless outdoor play and hours of choreographing talent shows to mixed tapes (or, for those younger, burning CDs). The only interaction many of us had with video games as kids was playing the Oregon Trail on the classroom desktop computer. While we lament what our children may miss, there are undeniable benefits to living in a more technologically advanced society.  The deb ..read more
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Encouraging Communication Skills in Autistic Children
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by Kathy McClelland
1M ago
Strategies and activities to promote communication development in non-verbal or minimally verbal children with autism Communication challenges are a hallmark of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and present hurdles that can hinder social interactions, academic progress, and daily routines. However, within these challenges lie opportunities for growth, understanding, and empowerment. We will dive into what these challenges may look like, and effective strategies used to unlock the potential for communication in children with autism. Timeline of Communication in Typically Developing Children Commu ..read more
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Warning: Not Having a Summer Schedule May Create Extra Stress (but it’s not too late to make one!)
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by Kathy McClelland
2M ago
A Parent’s Perspective: 5 Lessons I Learned About Creating a Plan for the Summer Last summer, I hoped for chill vibes. I did very little scheduling of playdates, camps, or additional therapies. I thought we would take things as they came and try to be more easygoing and spontaneous. But instead of feeling more rested and relaxed, I realized we were WAY more stressed out. We are the type of family that actually thrives on routine. Not everyone likes to plan or is naturally inclined to do so. But I’m willing to bet that whatever your personality type—from free-spirited to a penciled-in planner—y ..read more
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Understanding IEPs and IEP Meetings
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by Kathy McClelland
2M ago
What is an IEP?  An IEP is an Individualized Education Plan that can be implemented in the school setting when/if a child qualifies for one. The IEP is individualized to each child and provides accommodations or modifications to their school day to help them succeed in the classroom setting.   The IDEA (individuals with disabilities education act) has listed 13 categories of disabilities that qualify a child for an IEP. Those categories are: autism,  deaf-blindness,  deafness,  emotional disturbance,  hearing impairment,  intellectual disabilities,&nbs ..read more
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Autism Awareness: 7 Awesome Things About Individuals with Autism
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by Kathy McClelland
3M ago
A Parent’s Perspective: Celebrating the Unique and Beautiful Things About Children with Autism April is Autism Awareness Month, a time dedicated to understanding and celebrating the incredible uniqueness of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Often, the conversation around autism focuses on the challenges. However, there’s an incredible array of strengths and awesome traits our children with autism possess that deserve the spotlight. Dedicating a whole month to Autism Awareness gives us, as parents, permission to freely acknowledge and appreciate our children for who they are. It ..read more
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Does my child have Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)?
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by Kathy McClelland
3M ago
Exploring Sensory Processing in Children with Autism Aisling Hagan, MA, and Clinical Resident at Bright Behavior Inc. Have you ever noticed your child gag when eating certain textures? Or prefer for the lights to be off in the room? Or even cover their ears outside, even though you didn’t hear anything?  Individuals impacted by Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) can rarely detect what sensory stimuli are affecting them and how. However, with a bit of information about SPD, you can be aware of what may be impacting their senses and how to help support them. What is Sensory Processing Disord ..read more
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How to Know if Your Child With Autism Is Ready for Summer Camp
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by Kathy McClelland
4M ago
A Parent’s Perspective: 10 Things to Help Prepare Your Child for Camp Now is the time of year when parents begin chatting about how they will keep their kids entertained this summer. It’ll be here before you know it, even though the ground has just begun to thaw. Popular camps fill up fast, so you must plan ahead. Those of us with differently abled children understand that so much more preparation is required for our kids to have positive summer experiences. Many children with autism — and their parents — struggle without the routine of the school calendar year. Camps can be an excellent optio ..read more
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Creating a Positive Haircut Experience for Kids with Autism
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by Kathy McClelland
5M ago
A Parent’s Perspective: Tips for Sensory-Friendly Haircuts I used to cut my son’s hair. I knew if I took him somewhere for a haircut, he would freak out from the overwhelming sensory experience. But if I cut it, I could set the stage for success — cut it dry (no spritzing him with water), give him toys to stim with, and provide access to an iPad for entertainment. It worked for years until I realized my skills were sorely lacking. And I want my son to look his very best. So we decided to venture out for a haircut in the wild.  Many kids with autism have a hard time getting a haircut. It i ..read more
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Creating a Home Environment For Your Child with Autism to Thrive
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by Kathy McClelland
5M ago
As parents of young children with autism, creating a supportive home environment is essential to promoting your child’s development, comfort, and well-being. A home that is tailored to meet the unique needs of your child can significantly and positively impact their daily routines and overall quality of life. In this blog post, we’ll explore tips and strategies to create an autism-friendly home environment based on evidence-based practices and recommendations from peer-reviewed journals. Establish a Structured Routine: Children with autism thrive on routine and predictability. Establishing a ..read more
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