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Autism Alliance of Michigan: Helping Families with Autism Succeed

One of the thing that excites me as an autism mom is meeting those who are making an effort to make life better for autism families. This month the Autism Alliance of Michigan (AAOM) partnered with various Michigan attractions to help them offer Sensory Friendly Saturdays. I met some of the ladies when I attended two events. They were all extremely friendly and happy to chat. I decided to learn a little more about AAOM. Thanks to Tammy and Emma for helping me with this interview!

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9 Simple Things to Do When You Can’t Relax

Are you like me? Two or three years ago I realized I am rarely relaxed. I happened to notice my hands were somewhat clenched and I wasn’t in the middle of an argument or anything. They were just down by my side in a partial fist. Special needs parents are “on” almost all of the time. You may not be a special needs parent, but you’re dealing with financial challenges, health issues, job stress, or many other stressors or a combination of them. You may think, “Relax? You’ve got to be kidding me!”

No, I’m not. There are some ways that we can get our bodies to at least unwind a little, if not fully relax. Here are nine things I’ve done that have helped my body calm down. (more…)

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The Pros & Cons of Educational Videos

Have you ever been knocked down by germs for more than a couple of days? Five years ago my boys were down for two weeks. My five year-old with Aspergers wasn’t into regular cartoons. I found NEST Entertainment Animated Heroes DVDs (updated to Inspiring Animated Heroes) at my local library. We all fell in love with these high-quality videos.

After over two weeks of extensive viewing and the aftermath, I compiled a list of pros and cons of watching educational videos with my boys. (more…)

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30 Ways to Help a Special Needs Family

April is Autism Awareness Month. While I am thankful for the awareness and understanding such a month can bring, I know autism is not the only special need around.

Five years ago I hosted a month-long series for Autism Awareness Month. One feature was a daily idea of how to help special needs families. Some of these ideas were comments left by others when I posed the question. I tried to keep this list simple and affordable. Use these ideas to brighten someone’s day.


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Autism Help Around the Internet: 9 Great Blogs & Resources

April is coming at the end of this week, and with it Autism Awareness Month. In preparation for that, I wanted to share with you some great blogs and resources  for autism help. Some of them may have special focuses in April, so be sure to visit them more than once! In fact, why don’t you sign up for their newsletters?!

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  1. Coping Skills for Families Living with Autism – This is a series I get to participate in! Fellow autism mom Wendy Woerner invited a bunch of bloggers to share their coping tips for all sorts of things. Learn more here.
  2. Our Crazy Adventures in Autismland – I’m excited to announce I’m going to be part of the blogging team over at Penny’s site. Each month I’ll have an article over there. In April she’s going to have a series “Affording Autism”. If you are looking for an inspiring story, you should read Penny’s story of when her son met Dave Ramsey recently.
  3. Sandra Peoples – I don’t remember how I met her–somehow on social media. I just adore Sandra even though we’ve never met in person. She’s very down-to-earth. The other day she wrote a fabulous post about special needs siblings.
  4. Not the Former Things – I found Shawna via my work for All About Learning Press. She comes up with some fabulous learning activities for her son! I was poking around one day and discovered she’s a big deal in the autism world.
  5. Autism Parenting Magazine –  Their resource list is HUGE! You need to check it out if you need help with something. You can also get a free copy of their magazine.
  6. Not Alone – Frankly, the title of this site speaks volumes, doesn’t it? You’ll find lots of encouragement over here if you’re a special needs parent. I enjoyed their recent article about “joy in the mundane”.
  7. Jennifer A. Janes – My friend Jennifer shares some great information about homeschooling with special needs and dealing with special needs life in general. She’s got a thoughtful post about things never to say to a special needs homeschooler.
  8. Homeschoolers on the Spectrum – This Facebook page and Twitter profile shares lots of helpful articles. I’m honored to be on their blog roll.
  9. Future Horizons – I’m privileged to be a reviewer for Future Horizons. They have a lot of wonderful resources available. My favorites are My Friend with Autism and What I Wish I’d Known About Raising a Child with Autism. However, you’ll find lots of great things on their site. You can use my referall code HATS for 15% off anything except the Temple Grandin conferences (They’re already reduced.). If you live in the 48 contiguous states, you also get FREE SHIPPING! (If you choose to purchase, I make a small commission at no cost to you. Thank you for your support.)

There you have it, dear readers. Nine of my favorite places around the internet to find great articles for autism help. My question for you is, do YOU have a favorite blog, site, Facebook page? I’d love for you to leave your favorites in a comment!

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