Top Behavior Strategies

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With a four-year-old and a two-year-old, and not enough time to spread across my three children, along with dishes and laundry (Oh, how I despise them!  The chores, not the children!), behavior is always a challenge. I often have those days where we have back to back appointments from 8:00am to 5:00pm, which means the…

Scholarships

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Our special needs have required me to stay home, and us to pay for additional expenses.  Not a very economical combination.  I have now entered the world of scholarships. I never really applied for them in high school.  I was ignorant, without good guidance or much experience.  Now, I apply for each one I come…

Emotions

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It’s been an emotional weekend.  OK, not that emotional.  But we haven’t had an emotional moment in a long time, so this is novel. Early last week, my little big guy had the opportunity to participate in a study of evaluation tools used to diagnose Autism.  Some new experimental evaluations were used, and are being…

Lesson 1 – Happiness

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Boys, One of the “goals” I have with this letter is to pass on some things I’ve learned in my lifetime….  Partly in-case I am, for some reason, no longer here to do it myself, and partly just because I need to get it down in writing as they come to me or else I’ll…

Goals

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One of the most important things I’ve learned in my journey through services for special needs is to write goals.  It wouldn’t hurt to do this for all my kids. The hardest part of treatment, initially, was knowing what he needed.  I think the best place to start is the standard list of child developmental…

Saying Thank You

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About a year ago, I went in search of volunteer activities I can do with my toddlers.  One of few organizations who were receptive to my kiddos was March of Dimes.  They said they were getting ready for their Macy’s Shop for a Cause fundraiser and thought it would be fun if my kids colored…

Breastfeeding Success

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We’ve all heard that breastfeeding is best for Baby, but if you’ve never done it before, it can seem impossible.  Baby doesn’t always know how to do it well, and Mommy doesn’t always know how to fix it.  It is very easy to give up. I wish someone had told me breastfeeding is hard at…

Core Development

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I’ve learned a lot from my baby’s assessments.  My biggest concerns were his eye contact and vocalizations.  Not because they are greatly delayed.  Just because I want to make sure they don’t get behind.  They’re the most important areas of development to me. With my two-year-old, the prescribed treatment to improve these areas of development…

Brother Therapy

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I primarily attribute my little big guy’s miraculous progress to ABA.  But I’m sure it’s not the only thing that’s helped him.  In fact, I think there’s something else in his life that pushes him toward excellence.  It forces him to work every waking moment.  He has to think about new concepts, play new games,…