Yes, your child can play on the playground, too!

Playgrounds for Everyone

NPR.org’s new website features the ability to allow visitors to add new locations.

If you have a child with special needs, you know how difficult it can be to find a park where you can allow your child to have fun and release energy without having to endure a stress-induced aneurysm in your parental brain. (Be sure to read Kelli’s post on her playground anxieties – something she still struggles with a bit today!) Wide-open spaces without fences, tall under-maintained park toys, heavy swings that you know were built with the specific purpose to whack your child in the head — all bathing in a large sandbox that you know is used by the neighborhood animals as their personal toilet. (more…)

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Snow Days

Hoping for some snow fun...

Hoping for some snow fun…

Most kids LOVE snow days. That feeling of getting up in the morning, discovering a layer of white powder blanketing everything in sight. The first thing they (and their parents) do is check the school closings. I remember watching the TV as a child, watching with earnest hope that my school would be displayed among the names slowly scrolling along the bottom of the screen. Whenever my school district came on screen, it was a joyful feeling!

But when your child is so dependent on routine, school days can really throw a wrench into things. Michaela doesn’t sometimes understand school days. Why would you close school because of something so fun as snow? What’s the harm is innocent looking white “fun-stuff?”  (more…)

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What does autistic looks like?

A couple days ago a well known rapper, 50 Cent made a remark on his twitter page in a response to a tweet saying, “yeah just saw your picture fool you look autistic.”  Naturally this caused a lot of emotion within the autism community and upset many fans.

Holly Robinson Peete, an actress and respected autism advocate, immediately wrote a letter to 50 Cent urging him to realize the damage in using the word “autistic” by possibly turning it into a negative insult. (more…)

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Autism Positivity Day 2012 Flash Blog #IWishIDidn’tHaveAspergers

Autism Positive 2012 Flash Blog

A couple weeks ago within the autism community someone came up with the idea of creating a flash blog. Just like the flash mobs you see around the world. If you are not familiar to what is a flash mob here is the Autism Awareness Day Flash Mob that happened this year on April 2nd.

What started this idea is someone was desperate and was trying to find information on “I wish I didn’t have Aspergers.” So the creators for the Autism Positivity Day  flash blog wanted all bloggers to blog about the positive side of autism on April 30th and tweet the hash tag #IWishIDidn’tHaveAspergers with a positive message. This way all the blogs and tweets will flood the search engines for this individual and others searching to know, not to loose hope there is help and support out there! (more…)

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DisciplesNet Church: The Silent Needs

I was given the opportunity 2 weeks ago to write a devotional for autism awareness month on DisciplesNet Church which is an online church community for those who are unable to go to church. Most special needs families have a difficult time going to church and some do not even feel welcomed in church. Plus all the sensory difficulties that can happen with smells, noises, numerous church members, distracting decorations, and different surroundings is very overwhelming for children with autism. DisciplesNet Church is another resource special needs families can use to stay connect at home on their faith journey. They can go to DisciplesNet Church anytime of the day and it will always be their for additional support. (more…)

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