7 Positive Ways to Do Autism Awareness

When will the need for autism awareness end? Never! Even as the public moves towards acceptance and inclusion for those on the spectrum...we will need to continue awareness education. Yes, what we will talk about will change because people will evolve in their understanding. But it's important that we keep the conversations going so we can demystify autism. No, our work as a community is not done. In fact, we are just beginning. Here are 7 positive ways that self-advocates, parents, and educators are spreading autism awareness: Give … [Read more...]

Autism Superheroes: The Amazing “J’s”

Meet the amazing J's: Jaiden, Johonna and John! Jaiden loves to play sports and is a natural football player. His mom says that he's been through a lot in his 6 years of life on the spectrum and with epilepsy. Johonna is the family's drama queen. She has overcome a speech delay and is talking up a storm and dancing and singing too! John is a math wiz at only 4 years old. Even his teacher marvels at what he can do with numbers. Mom is very proud of what all 3 have accomplished...no challenges will stop them from achieving! Jaiden, Johonna and … [Read more...]

Autism Superhero: Hunter

"Hunter was diagnosed November 1st of this year. This amazing little human is meant to be a rock star! He is always drumming or singing. Hunter doesn't speak well, unless he is singing. Fast music soothes his soul and mind. He is truly our family's hero. No matter how bad things get he smiles. Autism has been a stressful diagnosis and our roller-coaster, but we are making good out of every situation." Hunter, we agree with your mom...you are a rock star! Welcome to the Mighty League: Would you like us to feature your autism superheroes … [Read more...]

The Galactic Power of a Horrible Hug!

How can you help your child overcome the fear of the unknown? This was the question I asked myself when Jonathan was going to start his next school year at a brand new school. Why did we change schools? Well, his first school just wasn’t a good fit for him academically or socially. We didn’t know it at the time, but he was on the autism spectrum and the school just wasn’t geared for those who learned differently. And the students weren’t very accepting of kids who were different. So we found a wonderful school our unique boy—a safe haven … [Read more...]

Autism Superhero: Petit Chat

Kendra is my hero. In May 2015 for a dress up party, she didn't want to be dressed up so I drew a cat's mustache on her face. She didn't appreciate it very much and scrubbed her face all day. Afterwards, she liked to draw cat mustaches on her mum (me) or herself for fun. Last Sunday, she wanted to have her whole face painted as a lion. This is an extraordinary event and success. I'm super proud of her! Would you like us to feature your autism superheroes and send them a certificate? … [Read more...]

Autism Superhero: Kiki Puff!

I have this amazing son name Andrew who will be 3 next month. He has autism and sensory processing disorder. He has a lot of therapies and early interventions, but this kid does amazing things on his own. Everyday he does something new and he never gives up, always trying his very best. Andrew doesn't talk, but the look and smile on his face say what words can't. I want the world to know that a diagnosis doesn't define him...Although he has autism, he also has an adorable smile, an adorable giggle, an incredible hug and he has a family who … [Read more...]

Autism Superhero: Alex the Super Guy!

Alex is our shining star. His super hero powers are memory and hugs. He remembers all kinds of things and once he trusts you, he gives the bestest hugs! No matter what kind of day we are having, his smile always lights up a room! He is definitely our Super Guy! That's super Alex! We're so proud to have you join us on the Mighty League of autism superheroes!  Would you like us to feature your autism superhero and send them a certificate? … [Read more...]

Autism Superhero: Addy aka “The Red Queen”

Addy aka "The Red Queen" is 12, has autism and is mostly non-verbal. According to dad, she has the unique power of being able to tell when someone is a good or bad. She is the ultimate people barometer. She loves Elmo and is an amazing painter! So stay tuned, because Addy is just getting started with her awesomeness! Hey Addy, we're proud to have you join us on the Mighty League of autism superheroes!  Would you like us to feature your autism superhero and send them a certificate? … [Read more...]

Do Chewable Necklaces Help with Oral Sensory Input?

A SentioCHEWS Chewable Necklaces Product Review By Elizabeth O'Keeffe One big feature of life for many children on the autism spectrum, such as my six year old daughter Melon, is the need to gain oral sensory input through chewing. Chewing can help children with autism and/or sensory issues manage their anxiety and boredom and to better engage with the world around them. Chewing can cause problems though - damage to clothing, furniture, toys and school equipment has a financial cost, it can draw negative attention to the child in public … [Read more...]

Autism Superhero: McKade aka “The Dude”

Wow! It's Mckade aka "The Dude!" He is 11 years old and his dad says that he is an a-m-a-z-i-n-g Lego builder. The Dude can look at anything and make it out of Legos. He is awesome at math and coloring too! Well, dude we're proud to have you join us on the Mighty League of autism superheroes!  Would you like us to feature your autism superhero and send them a certificate? … [Read more...]