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We Are Brave Together

  I am honored and excited to be an official support group facilitator for We Are Brave Together, a supportive community of moms with special needs children. Months ago, pre-COVID, I had the honor of meeting Jessica Patay, founder of We Are Brave Together and fellow special needs mom. She shared with me the mission […]

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New Partnership: Poppy Life Care

(Pictured: Susanna Peace Lovell)   By Catherine DiFonso Newport Beach, CA, May 4, 2020: A new partnership has been developed between Poppy Life Care and SPL Life Coaching for families with special needs children. The partnership will bring both free and paid services to Poppy Life Care customers. Susanna Peace Lovell, SPL Life Coaching principal […]

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My Recommendations: Books for Autism Families

(Some of my all time faves!)   Well, hey y’all. I haven’t posted anything in a month because I have been HOME SCHOOLING MY CHILD (not by choice) and adjusting to yet another NEW NORMAL for us, as a family living with Autism during COVID-19 + quarantine + safer at home mandates. By the way, […]

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The Powder Room Show on Mom Talk Network

      What a beautiful conversation w/ Mom Talk Network and The Powder Room SHOW: sharing with intention — raising a child with special needs. https://youtu.be/dO-aGS1RidM Join us for a very transparent and real conversation about my experience in raising a daughter on the spectrum: the good, the bad, the uncomfortable moments and ultimately, […]

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Happy New School Year!

  (The first day of Middle School for my GIRL) Arizona started middle school this fall and her responsibilities have increased drastically from her days in elementary school. Because there are more things to organize and remember (read: executive functioning and recall practice in full effect), we have put together a few tools / habits […]

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Birthday Season: Let’s Eat Cake!

(Birthday cake for celebration #1) Arizona doesn’t officially turn 13 until tomorrow (June 18) but we’ve already had a few birthday celebrations for her. Because cake is obviously an important aspect of birthday FUN, I am so grateful for companies like Cherrybrook Kitchen who make my life so much easier during times like this! I […]

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Autism Awareness for Jack & Jill

(Telling our story) To close out this year’s Autism Awareness Month, Arizona and I did our very first tandem presentation + interactive discussion this past Saturday for Jack & Jill families (Los Angeles Chapter). A girlfriend of mine, who is chapter chair, started talking to me over a year ago about how amazing it would […]

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Self-Regulation & Movement

(Our make-shift obstacle course on the way to school!) In life in general but especially in the autism world, self-regulation is an important practice for adjusting and controlling emotions, behaviors and attention as it relates to change, transition, sensory overload and new and / or unexpected situations. I have learned so much by watching my […]

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2019: A New Beginning

(Me and my girl wishing you an abundance of JOY and PURPOSE in 2019 and beyond!) I have been a long-time fan of a fresh start (and any opportunity to start anew, really). It could be moving into a new home, a different school experience for my child and even opening the pages of a […]

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Giving Back: A Cheerful Helpers Event

  (Cheerful Helpers Alumni Association Presents: A Read-a-Long / Sing-A-Long!) I know I talk about Cheerful Helpers Child & Family Study Center, A LOT. Perhaps it’s because we are still super involved with the school even though Arizona graduated 4 years ago. Maybe it’s because I still feel so supported by the community, and that […]

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