Teaching Children Inclusion

Last week my son had a horrible time in school. He’s been extremely frustrated because other children don’t include him in basketball and soccer during recess. My son is highly functioning autistic, and for many years he didn’t care if other children wanted to play with him. Most of the time, he wandered around by himself in his own world. Now, he’s reached a point where he wants to be included, … [Read more...]

Autism Awareness Month Book Review: Stewie Boom! and Princess Penelope

It is autism awareness month and many of us with children on the spectrum are being intentional about teaching others and creating opportunities for our little ones to share their stories. That’s why when the opportunity to review a new book helping children to understand autism, I jumped at the chance, and I was not disappointed. Stewie Boom! and Princess Penelope: Handprints, Snowflakes and … [Read more...]

If You Suspect Your Child Has Autism

I just had a touching conversation with a woman who suspects her three-year old nephews might be autistic. However, she doesn’t know how to suggest it to her sister. This reminded me of when I first noticed that my son was different from other babies. Even as a baby younger than 12 months, I knew he was different. He had major sensory issues. He couldn’t feed himself. He was nonverbal for about a … [Read more...]