Mandi Mathis was introduced to the world of autism while running through the grocery store at a full sprint with her youngest son, Sawyer, tucked under her arm like a football while he was screaming at the top of his lungs. What she didn’t know then was that he was experiencing sensory overload. Mandi is a practicing attorney so research, planning, and advocating come natural to her. Soon after her son received a diagnosis of Aspergers Syndrome and Sensory Processing Disorder, Mandi became a … [Read more...]
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April is Autism Awareness Month and in an effort to promote awareness, acceptance and understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder, PBS KIDS will be airing special shows featuring autistic characters throughout the month. I love that they are introducing Julia, a new friend to Sesame Street fans! PBS also has great online resources for parents and teachers to learn more. The full list of Autism-focused episodes airing in April can be found below. The PBS Parents website has … [Read more...]
Trying to put into words what being a mom is - to me. It's hard. I can't explain it. It's like a combination of feelings, words, hope, happiness, sometimes sadness and/or grief, being scared or nervous, anticipation, wonderment and awe, as if every feeling I've ever experienced is multiplied times a thousand and it leaves me at a loss for words. It's not simple ... yet it is. When I look at my two kids I can instantly see them as if they were just placed into my arms. I can see them or … [Read more...]
Natasha Daniels was frustrated that parenting books about children were missing critical information and support for those who have anxiety. A child therapist for over 15 years and a mother of children who struggle with anxiety, she became a passionate advocate determined to fill in the missing gap. "Anxiety looks so different in young children – it is often misdiagnosed or missed completely. Writing How to Parent Your Anxious Toddler has fueled my passion to provide ongoing support and … [Read more...]
How Do I Know if I Have a Sleeping Disorder? Life can be so full of change and stress from a number of causes that (especially if you are a parent) just about anything can trigger sleep loss. We all know how important sleep is to our overall health and how miserable life can be when you go without it. Lots of people have trouble sleeping. But, how can you tell if your problem is just a temporary imbalance, or if you have a more serious sleep disorder? What is normal? Losing sleep because … [Read more...]