Sometimes I feel like I am writing into a black hole. I work hard on these blogs, trying to keep them diverse, practical and helpful in some way. But it can feel like I am doing this for myself, and I think about being done. I have actually been blogging since 2015! And then I… Continue reading Thank You Dear Readers!
This is a frequent question that I receive, and the answer depends partially on the reasons behind the refusal. If you have a typical child or a child with a disability who is seeking attention, this may be a strategy to get a reaction from you. This is common with young children or children who… Continue reading Dear Dr. Nancy: My Daughter Won’t Brush Her Teeth. What Do I Do?
Dan Aykroyd of Saturday Night Live and Ghostbusters fame went public in the last couple of years about his Tourette’s Syndrome diagnosis at age 12, and his Asperger’s diagnosis later in life. He revealed that he was obsessed with both ghosts and law enforcement, leading to the idea for Ghostbusters. Who you gonna call? … Continue reading In the News: Interesting Items on Autism and ADHD
It was a horrible, visceral feeling; as if I was being rent apart. I had cried but mostly I was numb. I couldn’t stay still so I paced and I cleaned. I couldn’t listen to the radio because the stories were too sad. I couldn’t watch TV. I had just sent my sixteen year old… Continue reading That Feeling in the Pit of Your Stomach
In the autism world, we talk about continuums all the time. The continuum of services, or the continuum of functioning level. Certainly, we know that autism spectrum disorders come in many shapes and sizes. We are all grateful for the insights of the self-advocates in our midst, young people and adults with autism spectrum disorders… Continue reading The Autism Continuum: Two Ends of the Spectrum
You know the all too familiar scenario. Your family is looking forward to a relaxed beach vacation, no commitments, no need to plan, right? Wrong! If you have a family member with an autism spectrum disorder, vacation means working around his need for sameness at every stop, finding his preferred foods, sticking to his dinner… Continue reading Family Member with Autism? Why Summer Vacation is NO Vacation
My (no longer in the house) kids are going to roll their eyes through this entire book review. “Mom,” they are saying, “We could have told you all this years ago. You spent all that time hating on our screen time, and now you want to learn about it? We told you so.” Ok guys. … Continue reading A Book for all of Us: “The New Childhood: Raising Kids to Thrive in a Connected World,” by Jordan Shapiro