Autism Parenting: “Clean Our Village”

They are all over my house right now. Little clumps of garbage taped to my walls. Last weekend while out on a walk, my six-year-old daughter Finley found some trash. It kind of freaked her out because she was worried that if left there other people could be poisoned by it. She decided we had to do something. "Mom, we have to go clean our village." But she became anxious. What if we touch the litter, get germs, and die? If it can hurt the earth and others by being left out, how do we pick it up without being harmed? She has always … [Read more...]

Autimism: Autism Teaches

Scroll down for our giveaway for iPad Mini, Nexus 7 tablet, gift cards and goodies. Transitions, even simple ones like going downstairs, can be a real challenge. It is possible to get completely stuck in a moment, especially when your brain’s signals are crossed. It’s like a traffic jam of information. It might require making repetitive clicking noises with your tongue. Or flopping around on the floor until someone can help you calm your body with a big bear hug. Your brain tells you that there are strong needs that HAVE to be met to go … [Read more...]

Shayla Hearn, Mighty League Mom

Shayla Hearn, My Shaynanigans Oregon, USA Facebook Column Don't ever let anyone make you doubt yourself for being different. You are incredible just the way you are. I marvel at how you see the world around you. I believe in you. I accept and honor who you are. I will meet you where you are. But most importantly, never forget this: Wise beyond your years at four years old, you spoke the only truth you need to know - these are your words: 'Mommy, I am who I am and that is enough.'   … [Read more...]