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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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Top Tips: New Adventures

(My train loving girl) Arizona has a high level of interest in transportation of all kinds. She spends countless hours reading about and watching videos of trains, especially. In Los Angeles, she’s excited to ride on the Metro whenever she can. Every time she takes a ride though, she chooses the same exact route to get […]

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A Morning Routine

(Walking to School) Exercise has always been therapeutic to me. The benefits to my physical health have always been welcome, but the mood-boosting effects motivate me to keep a consistent routine. Mostly I take a barre class, but sometimes I swim or find myself in a hip hop class at a nearby dance studio. When […]

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ADHD : A Daily Routine

(My Energetic Girl during Jogathon last Spring) Because attention and focus issues are usually fun “side dishes” to children with Autism, it wasn’t too surprising when Arizona received a formal ADHD diagnosis a few years ago at the age of 6. It can be a misnomer, though, this ADHD label. Many people assume my child […]

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Spotlight : Swim Instructor Brianna Rhodes

(Lessons with Brianna) I first met Brianna years ago; before either of us were mothers. We became fast friends and continue to enjoy life together, now mostly with our kids in tow! Brianna has been a private swim instructor for over 20 years. She is also a trained behaviorist and has worked in various public […]

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Spotlight : High Five Basketball

(Arizona, Summer 2014) Participating in team sports can help children with autism work on gross motor skills and practice their social skills with other kids. I always thought it would be a great experience for Arizona to be part of a team, but felt nervous about what would happen if she was having a rough […]

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