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Dealing with Death

January 27, 2015 11:35 am Published by Comments Off on Dealing with Death

No one wants to think about the loss of a grandparent, parent, friend or relative.  Finding comforting words or actions can be hard if not impossible.   The death of a loved one is an...


Feeding Issues

January 20, 2015 11:10 am Published by Comments Off on Feeding Issues

Many young children have feeding issues including being picky eaters and only eating certain foods prepared in certain ways.  Pediatric psychologist Jayne Bellando, Ph.D., Associate Professor Department of Pediatrics at University of Arkansas for Medical...


Successful Play dates

January 13, 2015 10:10 am Published by Comments Off on Successful Play dates

One of the best ways to learn social skills is to actually practice these skills.  For parents with children on the spectrum play dates can be somewhat a stressful time.  What is if bombs? What...


Preparing for Doctor Visits!

January 6, 2015 9:49 am Published by Comments Off on Preparing for Doctor Visits!

Doctor visits for anyone can be annoying and be a cause of high anxiety.  There are many things that can make the visit difficult: from the lengthy wait in the office, to the annoyance of...


Art Therapy and Autism

December 23, 2014 12:26 pm Published by Comments Off on Art Therapy and Autism

One of the hallmarks of autism spectrum disorders is difficulty with verbal and social communication. Finding ways practice those skills in a non-threatening manner is ultimate  goal of most specialists and therapists working with children...


Autism and Anxiety Disorders

December 16, 2014 11:43 am Published by Comments Off on Autism and Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety is a natural part of life that impacts everyone at some point in life.  Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) feel many of the same worries and fears as other children, teens and even...


Music Therapy for Autism

December 9, 2014 9:48 am Published by Comments Off on Music Therapy for Autism

Music is wonderful.  It can lift our moods.  It can keep us company when we are alone.  It can help us understand and cope with tough situations in life.  Everyone can benefit from music regardless...


Autism Friendly Birthday Party

December 2, 2014 6:24 pm Published by Comments Off on Autism Friendly Birthday Party

Birthdays are meant to be a time of excitement. . . presents, cake, friends and a party!  When dealing with a birthday child that is on the spectrum, these things may not be a joyous...


What is PECS?

November 20, 2014 9:11 am Published by Comments Off on What is PECS?

Communication is a skill that many of us take for granted.  For some people, (children and adults alike), with autism spectrum disorders communication can be beyond frustrating.  The PECS program can help.  The Picture Exchange...