Category Archives: special needs

No clear dividing line

“No Clear Dividing Line” is the title of the Shrinks on Third Podcast in which I talk about families living with and loving someone on the autism spectrum and what we can learn about our shared humanity. Topics include the … Continue reading

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Beyond Borders: Our Human Family

No matter the color of your skin, how you dress, how or if you pray, the language you speak, we are one human family. Now more than ever we need bridges not walls for our children and our families. Click … Continue reading

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Mindful Parenting: Moments of Joy

His 5-year-old boy was not interested in playing catch with his father. Instead, he kept placing a marble at the top of his marble run and watching it go round and round to the bottom for an hour straight. His … Continue reading

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Tips for Gift Giving

Holidays and birthdays are times to enjoy our children. No matter which tradition you celebrate, holiday shopping can extract much of the joy and excitement for many people. Parents of children with autism struggle with what gifts to buy and … Continue reading

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Siblings Need Attention Too!

Recently, I spoke at a conference about how to take of everyone’s needs in a family raising a child with special needs. Paying special attention to the unique needs of every child was a key point when discussing typically developing … Continue reading

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Journaling Your Way Through Stress

“Support groups don’t seem to work for me.  I do get something out of them when I’m there, but day in and day out, sometimes it feels like more than I can bear.  Is there anything else that I can … Continue reading

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The Grandparents’ Connection with Autism in the Family

Grandparents are a vital part of a supportive extended family.  Grandparents can have as hard a time accepting autism as parents do, or even harder since they have less contact with their grandchild, and their acceptance can take longer.  Grandparents … Continue reading

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