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From Frustration to Organization – Using T.A.C.T. to Parent ADHD
ADHD is not a “new” condition, nor unique to life and times in the 21st century. But our understanding of this condition and how to parent ADHD children is actually quite new – and growing. We know..
Multisensory Monday: Conquer the Clock
Single vowels have short and long sounds, slowing readers down because they think about which sound works with the words they read. When two vowels are together in a word, it is called a vowel..
Film Review: Don’t Look Up – A Masterclass in Autistic Ableism
Spoilers ahead for the Netflix original film Don’t Look Up. by Allison Wall What’s that in the sky? Is it a bird? A plane?...
8 Tips for Parenting Kids with ADHD
Words to Live by When Parenting Complex Kids Much of what I've needed to know as a parent I learned teaching childbirth classes. No joke. It turns out that the best tips for expectant parents facing..
Low Stress ADHD
Chronic stress can cause physical and mental harm, especially for those with ADHD. Here are strategies to help de-stress your life.The post Low Stress ADHD appeared first on Edge Foundation
Safe Room, Premiering on Lifetime, Features Actually Autistic Actor, Nik Sanchez
This Saturday, on the 15th, Lifetime will be premiering Safe Room, a thriller that centers on recently widowed Lila Jackson (Nicole Ari Parker) and her 14-year-old autistic son Ian (Nik Sanchez). ..
Autism Checklist of DOOM
Vulnerability and Me
I’m a vulnerable adult.I’ve been thinking a lot recently about what this means.Maybe it’s because of the pandemic and how often the word ‘vulnerable’ is used: it’s gone viral. In this context..
I Need More Time With You
My son, Your birthday is in 8 days. You have been counting down since mid December. You love your birthday. And you love being older. So much so that you are already telling people you are 9 years..
To the People Who Live Outside Our World
To people who live outside of our world: I have a favor to ask you. When you see that child screaming uncontrollably on the floor of the supermarket. Stop. Pause. And… Before you blame the parents,..
Waiting To Work
Tomorrow is Christmas Eve. I’ve got this week off, but I can’t relax quite yet because there’s a load of disability-related admin I need to complete. This includes doing the monitoring for my..
Part II: Helping Your Struggling Reader & Dyslexic Child at Home
In last week’s post we started the discussion of how to help struggling children at home, many of whom are dyslexic (Helping Child at Home: Part I ) The case of Ruth helps further set the stage. Ruth,..
Choose the Light
The comment read, ‘for some autism families, there is no light at the end of the tunnel.’ I thought about that comment all last night. And when my toddler woke up at midnight for a hug, and when I..
You Can Persevere in a Life Unplanned
Once upon a time, over seven years ago, I conceived a little boy. I had an IUD. This was not the plan. That little boy was born, let’s call him Pickle. He was born quickly and without any assistance..
My Autism Confession: I Love Being Quarantined
My name is Angel, and this is my autism confession. By Angel Nikki Mann I loved being quarantined. Now before you get upset, please...
I Will Forever be Grateful for the Ways my Children have Changed Me
When I think of our son Nixon, who is five, and our daughter, Nora who is almost three, I think of them as who they are as a whole and the qualities each carries. I think of them first as my children,..
Raising Complex Kids With No Clear Diagnosis
The first ten years of my life as a parent really sucked. No, they didn’t really suck. It’s more like, they sucked up every ounce of energy I had, and then wanted more. Raising a complex kid with no..
The “Too Much” Kid
See that little one on the right? He is 3 years old and he’s my ‘too much’ kid. Too much energy. Too much noise. Too much joy. Too much love. I call him spirited. Some say feral. He goes a mile a..
A School Psychologist’s Guide to Tourette Syndrome and Co-Occurring Conditions
School psychologists, join us for an informative live presentation! This webinar will provide an overview of Tourette Syndrome (TS). In addition, participants will learn how to recognize vocal and..
Common Relationship Issues after Having a Baby
Having kids changes a lot of things, including your relationship. With all of that extra responsibility, your focus naturally shifts…The post Common Relationship Issues after Having a Baby appeared..
Multisensory Monday: Skill Intensive for w & wh
Here’s a fun, crafty, multisensory way to help students who need additional practice distinguishing between the “w” and “wh” /hw/ sounds and spelling (lessons 1-28 and 1-32.) It can be tailored to..
Sometimes I will be sitting in my living room, or taking a shower, or driving in my car, and all of a sudden feel a crippling fear. It will come out of nowhere almost consuming my thoughts...
A New Look at Finding What Works
When I was a kid I taught my mom to yell and scream at me. “This room is a pig sty, clean it up right now!” Feeling bad, I'd pick up a sweater, fold it and put it in the drawer and look around for..
You Happily Went to School
My son, This morning you happily went to school. That sentence right there. I felt the tears pooling in my eyes as I typed it just seconds ago. Happily. Went. School. At 6 AM you used your words to..
We Pour Love Into Them
This morning I was sitting on the couch drinking my coffee, soaking up some quiet time before my two littles woke up when my 3 year old came wandering in. He was dragging his blue blanket, the..
The Forever Dads
I imagine it’s different for the dads. The dads like my husband. Last night I sat in the bleachers of a cold hockey rink watching my middle son play hockey. I glanced back behind me and took note of..
Near but Far
This morning we were running around getting three kids ready to leave the house. Back to school day! Cooper was the most excited. Up and dressed and ready to go and saying…’SSS-OOO- LLL’ every time I ..
We’re Not Broken: An Interview with Bestselling Autism Author Eric Garcia
By Ron Sandison When I was diagnosed with autism in 1982 only one in every 10,000 children in the United States had an autism...
ADHD and Chronic Fatigue
Chronic fatigue can be a problem for those with ADHD. Here are steps you can take to have more energy and a better quality of life.The post ADHD and Chronic Fatigue appeared first on Edge Foundation
7 Tips to Avoid Post Holiday Blues
There are some people with ADHD who don’t like the holidays and can’t wait to get back to normal. There are other ADHDers who find the holidays exciting and enjoy every moment; but then, when they..
Helping Your Struggling Reader at Home – Part I
Imagine you are a child about to ride a bicycle, with a group of other children led by a teacher. You are anxious because you kept a big secret from the teacher and your friends. You don’t know how..
The Fight for a Special Needs Child
The silent battle in raising a child with special needs. The fuel that makes our stomachs churn and our hearts break. We know our babies more than anyone else. We know how they smelled as a newborn;..
Come Back to Me
“Come back to me…come back to me…” I mutter as I hold my daughter who is once again slipping into the unknown. The only words that come to my mind as I rock my beautiful little angel in my arms. You..
He Taught Me How to Truly Listen
A few days ago I was driving myself and my three sons home from my mom’s house in Wisconsin. We had just celebrated Christmas and my SUV was packed to the brim with toys, leftovers, and love. The sky ..
Stress: How I Increase My Capacity or “Spoons”
I feel tired, numb and tense. My head hurts and everything seems too much. By now I recognise these symptoms: I have stress! But...
When You Hear Autism for the First Time
Did you fear the word autism the first time you heard it in relation to your child? This morning, I was asked why I feared the word autism in the beginning. The question came from an autistic..
A Story of Hope-Pre-order Forever Boy Today
An excerpt from chapter 9 of Forever Boy: When the professionals first told me about autism, they described it to me as a spectrum. I immediately thought of a spectrum of light, like a rainbow..
Communication can be so Beautiful
A beautiful moment to share with you… This morning, when I came out of my bedroom, far earlier than I would have liked, I knew my Cooper was waiting on the stairs for me. For one I could hear train..
Have Faith In Your Children With Intellectual Disabilities