I spend all winter looking forward to Spring and Summer. I thrive in the sun, the warmth and the renewal promise that Spring brings. But I'm a special needs mom and May brings with it some unexpected and unwanted challenges. And those challenges ALWAYS serve as a lesson for growth but damn, growth hurts sometimes. What could possibly make May more difficult than the rest of the … [Read more...] about May is Hard for Special Needs Families. Six Ways to Make it Easier.
Today I gave my son a haircut. And by normal standards, it was uneventful. And the fact that it was uneventful means by Autism standards – IT WAS AMAZING! My son is 15 years old and has always had sensory issues and nervous system challenges with haircuts. I’ve spent a huge amount of money on different tools over the years. I’ve spent a huge amount of mental energy on figuring out how to make … [Read more...] about Slow and Steady Wins the Race
Having a child with Neuro-Developmental challenges means that practically EVERYTHING is harder. It also means that sometimes you have to do things they are NOT going to understand but are necessary for understanding and monitoring their medical status. Blood draws are one of those events. I have never met a parent who had zero anxiety about taking their child in for a blood draw. And often, the … [Read more...] about Survival Strategies for a Successful Blood Draw
In my office we see a lot of practice members who initially come in with what I call a “secondary condition” (symptom) that they would like help getting rid of. The tools I use in my office are very specific and gentle but have taken many years of study and experience over the last decade. Daily I get the question…but doc, can I do something at home to help? The answer of course is yes! While … [Read more...] about Better Brain Building for Babies
Did you know there is one system in your body that is the master control system of the rest of your body? Yes, that’s right - a system that controls what your body does with all those expensive supplements you take and reacts and adapts to all the therapies your kiddo is receiving. This is the very often forgotten system that really needs to be first in line when we are talking about health … [Read more...] about Master Control System – Hello? Are You Working?!
In 2014, Amy Y. wrote a guest blog for The Thinking Mom’s Revolution under the pseudonym Raven. You can find the original post here. I’m kind of a communication nerd. I love to watch and listen to people, decipher their intent based on word choice, style of communication, body language etc. You can tell a lot about a person by what they don’t say or by the questions they ask. It’s ironic (or … [Read more...] about Autism Recovery: Thinking Outside of “the Window”