25  Best Gifts that Autistic and Disabled Teenagers and Adults Actually Want | 2022

25 Best Gifts that Autistic and Disabled Teenagers and Adults Actually Want | 2022

Gift for Disabled Teenager and Adults Teens and adults with autism and disabilities can be so hard to buy for! This post was crowd sourced from my friends and from members of our Facebook Group and what I could pull from Twitter. If you are buying a gift for autistic adults or a gift for…

Atlantic City Airshow Viewing: 10 Tips for Watching, including Practice Day

Atlantic City Airshow Viewing: 10 Tips for Watching, including Practice Day

Should you go the Atlantic City Airshow? In a word, absolutely! We just got back from our 3rd or 4th time attending the Atlantic City Airshow and I am already counting down the days until next year. This year, we did something different. We attended the Atlantic City Airshow practice instead of the airshow. More…

Not All Hand Flapping is Autism | The Case for Stimming

Not All Hand Flapping is Autism | The Case for Stimming

Hand Flapping when Excited That is not Autism Let’s just get this out there–everybody, and I mean EVERYBODY stims. Yes, we all do it. But what it looks like for each person is different. Hand flapping is just one type of stim behavior. But since everybody stims, not every stim behavior is autism or sensory…

10 Best Fidget Toys | Where to Buy Cheap Fidget Toys for School 2022

10 Best Fidget Toys | Where to Buy Cheap Fidget Toys for School 2022

Best Fidget Toys I recently participated in a local consignment sale. My youngest son had quite the collection of fidget spinners. That was a short-lived trend, wasn’t it? I’m kinda glad it’s over. For him, anyway. But, for some kids with ADHD, Fidget Spinners and Fidget Toys are therapeutic. I just hope that the trend…

20 Best Kid-Friendly, Fun, Family Farms | PA | Philadelphia | DE | MD

20 Best Kid-Friendly, Fun, Family Farms | PA | Philadelphia | DE | MD

Farms Near Me for Kids to Visit We just love visiting farms. Both of my kids love animals, Kevin in particular. There are many local farms and animal farms to visit with children in Pennsylvania. I think I have taken my kids to visit every farm on this list! With the pandemic, make sure you…

How to Get Your Autistic Child to Try New Foods (written by an autistic person!)

How to Get Your Autistic Child to Try New Foods (written by an autistic person!)

A dangerous, yet common, misconception in regard to autistic kids is that they will eat if they’re hungry enough. The reality is that hunger, appetite and sensory input all battle each other. Autistic individuals often have interoception that is quite different from what their parents or the adults in their lives are experiencing. Interoception is…

Do you have an IEP Emergency Plan? School Shootings | Weather | Evacuation

Do you have an IEP Emergency Plan? School Shootings | Weather | Evacuation

Evacuation Plan on your IEP When I was in school, we regularly had nuclear drills. We either hid under our desks or ran to a shelter in the school’s basement. We’re fortunate. We laugh about it now. We can laugh about it because first, nuclear war never happened. And second, the idea that being under…

5 Games to Improve Executive Functioning Skills | ADHD | Autism

5 Games to Improve Executive Functioning Skills | ADHD | Autism

Game to Improve Executive Functioning Neurodivergent individuals often struggle with executive functioning, because their path to the same destination looks different from the path neurotypical individuals may go through. Instead of trying to get from Point A to Point C, they’re trying to get from Point A to Point Z in alphabet soup. They know…

Free Summer Bucket List for Kids and Teens  | Printable | 2022

Free Summer Bucket List for Kids and Teens | Printable | 2022

Summer Bucket List Ideas for Kids I’m so glad you clicked! I am so tired of seeing summer bucket lists with things like “take the kids to Singapore” or “Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro.” Hey, good for you if that’s your thing. I don’t think for my kids, that will be on their summer bucket list for…

25 Disability Awareness Activities for Kids of all Ages.

25 Disability Awareness Activities for Kids of all Ages.

Teaching Your Child about Peers with Disabilities. What better day than today to publish this post. Today is the first day of Developmental Disabilities Awareness month. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that…

Is Your 3rd Grader Struggling? It’s Probably the Matthew Effect in Reading.

Is Your 3rd Grader Struggling? It’s Probably the Matthew Effect in Reading.

Matthew Effect | Matthew Principle Ask any Special Education Advocate, and I bet they all will tell you that they have a huge chunk of clients that are in 2nd, 3rd or 4th grade. I can remember periods of time when all my clients fit into that category. Coincidence? Unfortunately, no. It’s the Matthew Effect….

5 Popular Stim Toys for Autism or ADHD | Cheap | DIY | Chew

5 Popular Stim Toys for Autism or ADHD | Cheap | DIY | Chew

Stim Toys Quality stim toys can be hard to find, since fidget toys and chewy jewelry, or chewelry, is trendy. Even the higher priced ones don’t always promise quality, or the ones with great reviews just aren’t within your budget. Several popular stim toys can be made at home from everyday household objects, or using…

How to Redirect Self Injurious Behavior | Autism

How to Redirect Self Injurious Behavior | Autism

Self Injurious Behavior and Autism Self-injurious autistic behaviors do not illustrate why stimming, or self-regulatory behaviors, are bad. Stimming is harmless by default and crucial to autistic individuals’ ability to self-regulate and cope with everything in their life and the world. Instead of seeking to stop autistic stims altogether, self-injurious behaviors can be redirected to…

Autistic Shutdowns

Autistic Shutdowns

You might have heard about autistic meltdowns, but what about autistic shutdowns? The two terms are often used interchangeably by non-autistic autism professionals, but autism meltdowns and autism shutdowns are two completely different things. Difference between Autistic Meltdowns and Autistic Shutdowns Autistic shutdowns are NOT meltdowns, and recovering from them is not the same either….

What is Summer School? What Do you Do in Summer School Programs?

What is Summer School? What Do you Do in Summer School Programs?

What is Summer School? Summer school has a terrible stigma in this country. And, wrongfully so in my opinion. First, the whole concept of children having summers off is rooted in farm work. In today’s society, children are rarely needed in the summer months to help on the family farm. With the exception of maybe…

10 Outdoors Activities for Autism | How to Get Autistic Kids and Adults Outside More Often

10 Outdoors Activities for Autism | How to Get Autistic Kids and Adults Outside More Often

Outdoor Activities for Autistics Today really reiterated to me that I need to get back to the outdoors and get my kids outside. I had my son at the eye doctor and she is an expert in her field (at a local children’s hospital). She said that they are seeing an increase of young kids…

3 Best Adaptive Bikes for Autistic Teens | Adults with Disabilities

3 Best Adaptive Bikes for Autistic Teens | Adults with Disabilities

Autism and Riding a Bike I get a surprising number of inquiries about this. Ever since I posted a photo of my son riding our adaptive bike, people ask me what it is and where we got it. First, let’s start by saying, just because a child has autism, does not mean that they cannot…

Sensory Friendly Philadelphia | 50 Fun Places and Activities for Kids on the Spectrum

Sensory Friendly Philadelphia | 50 Fun Places and Activities for Kids on the Spectrum

Sensory Friendly Philadelphia If you’re the parent of a child with sensory sensitivities, you know that it can be challenging to find activities and attractions that both you and your little one can enjoy. I live near Philadelphia and we just love it here. There are so many autism friendly places and activities. You will…

19 Sports Programs for Kids with Disabilities | Inclusive Sports

19 Sports Programs for Kids with Disabilities | Inclusive Sports

Special Needs Sports Programs An often overlooked area of our kids’ lives is their recreation time. As parents, we spend so much time worrying about their health, worrying about IEPs and education, that there isn’t much time or energy left for recreation time. The sentiment is starting to change on this topic. Many schools and…

Knoebels Amusement Park: Secrets to Know Before you Go!

Knoebels Amusement Park: Secrets to Know Before you Go!

Knoebels Amusement Park One of my favorite places to visit is Knoebels in Elysburg, PA. I have been going there ever since I was a toddler, and my (now deceased) grandmother even went there as a child. It’s that kind of place. Even though it’s a 2+ hour trek for us now, we make sure…

ARFID | A Family Guide to Overcoming ARFID

ARFID | A Family Guide to Overcoming ARFID

ARFID “Mom, I don’t want another ham and cheese sandwich for lunch.” “Well, you don’t eat anything else for lunch. Give me something else to put in your lunchbox, and I’ll do it.” And so began our journey with ARFID. A few quick facts about ARFID. Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder Was renamed in DSM…

5 Free Google Organization Apps that help Manage the Disability Household

5 Free Google Organization Apps that help Manage the Disability Household

Google Organization Apps Let’s face it, when you have a disabled child, Moms and Dads become caseworkers. I’ve never seen one person, let alone a child, generate so much paperwork. Then you add in annual IEP dates, annual and biennial medical appointments, biannual evaluation dates, MA renewal, Rx renewals….it’s exhausting and overwhelming at times. But,…

Fairmount Water Works | 5 Reasons You Need to Visit this Amazing Little Gem in Philadelphia

Fairmount Water Works | 5 Reasons You Need to Visit this Amazing Little Gem in Philadelphia

Fairmount Water Works I recently had the opportunity to visit the Fairmount Water Works. And I can’t believe I’ve never gone before! It has so many amazing things to offer. We put it on our list of things to do every summer. It’s a great day trip if you want to visit the Philadelphia art…

Seizure Disorder | 6 Things I Wish I had been told about my Son’s Seizure Disorder

Seizure Disorder | 6 Things I Wish I had been told about my Son’s Seizure Disorder

Seizure Disorder I’ve been having some real “beat myself up” moments about Kevin and his risk for seizures. Things I should have known. Or could have known. Or wish I had known about seizures and seizure risk. Do you use the Timehop app? I do and I love it. If you are not familiar, what…

Cellulitis from a Bug Bite? Yes! Here’s What to Look For.

Cellulitis from a Bug Bite? Yes! Here’s What to Look For.

Cellulitis from a Bug Bite Can you get cellulitis from a mosquito bite? Cellulitis from an insect bite? In a word, yes! It’s happened to us. Twice! Despite our snow squalls here in PA yesterday, I have seen mosquitoes already this year. My son has always had the worst time with bug bites, fly bites,…

Tuckerton Seaport Museum | 5 Reasons You Should Go!

Tuckerton Seaport Museum | 5 Reasons You Should Go!

Tuckerton Seaport Museum This past Saturday, we were invited to a blogger event at the Tuckerton Seaport Museum. I knew my 4-year-old would love the Pirate Festival, and he did. I didn’t tell him we were going until about 48 hours beforehand and it was all he talked about. He talked about finding treasure and…

Rocking Horse Ranch Resort | Highland, NY | Is it worth the money?

Rocking Horse Ranch Resort | Highland, NY | Is it worth the money?

Rocking Horse Ranch Over Labor Day weekend, my parents invited us to join them at the Rocking Horse Ranch in Highland, NY. Rocking Horse Ranch Resort is an all-inclusive resort. You pay one rate for all the food, lodging and activities. I love having the opportunity to try new places and review them from our…

Hopewell Furnace | 7 Essential Tips to know before you go with kids

Hopewell Furnace | 7 Essential Tips to know before you go with kids

Hopewell Furnace Recently I took both of my boys up to Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site. It is located in Berks County, in Elverson. It was a cool and cloudy afternoon for July so it was not a pool day. Since we were fresh off the heels of our trip out west to some National…

Disability Moms | 9 Habits of Happy, Strong, and Successful Disability Moms

Disability Moms | 9 Habits of Happy, Strong, and Successful Disability Moms

Disability Moms Yesterday I had a lovely phone conversation with someone whose child was recently diagnosed with a disability. We have mutual friends who referred her to me. She’s been having a bit of a struggle just finding a group that she feels comfortable with as far as our different parenting. I think we all…

Liar

Liar

When your Child Lies As I often begin many articles, I state “this has been coming up in the Facebook group a lot lately.” And, it has. I’m going to try to present this issue (lying and ADHD or other disabilities) as succinctly and unbiased as possible. But, to me honest, it’s very triggering for…

5 Best Things to do in Orlando with Kids, that are not Disney!

5 Best Things to do in Orlando with Kids, that are not Disney!

Things to do with Kids in Orlando Right around Easter, my husband found out that his company was going to send him to Orlando for a week. Taking the kids to Orlando has always been on our to-do list, but not a super high priority. We were able to put together a nice trip in…

Easy Fundraisers for Schools | 8 Non-Cash Ways to Donate to Schools

Easy Fundraisers for Schools | 8 Non-Cash Ways to Donate to Schools

Easy Fundraisers for Schools It’s back to school time, and I swear, every time I turn around, I’m writing another check for this or that. I only have 2 kids, I don’t know how larger families do it, or those with less income. You want to help, right? But we cannot support every fundraiser that…

Disabled Child Grandparenting | Including Extended Family in your Disability Household

Disabled Child Grandparenting | Including Extended Family in your Disability Household

Disabled Child Grandparenting Disabled Child Grandparenting? That’s a phrase you never heard even 20 years ago. Now, grandparents want to know. It’s their nature to want to help. So how do you involve your extended family in disability parenting? Paying attention to grandparents and other extended family members, as it pertains to having a disabled…

Buying a Home While Disabled | 11 programs that help People with Disabilities buy Homes.

Buying a Home While Disabled | 11 programs that help People with Disabilities buy Homes.

Buying a Home While Disabled Buying a home while disabled may feel impossible but here are 11 programs available to help you. I’ve compiled a list of various state and federal resources that may help you buy a home if you are disabled. I was recently asked this question. “Are there any programs that can…

Chester County Special Education | Best School Districts

Chester County Special Education | Best School Districts

Chester County Special Education Omigosh, if I had a nickel for every time I was asked this! Ok, this is not the answer you want to hear. But I cannot in good conscience make a recommendation for you. I’m sorry. I’ve thought this over for a few days and even consulted with some good friends….

Wraparound Services | What are they? | How do I apply?

Wraparound Services | What are they? | How do I apply?

Wraparound Services As I’ve navigated my way through the disability community over the past fifteen years, I’ve noticed a trend. That is, NO ONE TELLS YOU ANYTHING! Don’t get me wrong, if you ask, you usually are helped. At least that has been my experience. But how do you even know what to ask for?…

Ridin Hy Ranch | 5 Things to Know Before you Go!

Ridin Hy Ranch | 5 Things to Know Before you Go!

Ridin’ Hy Ranch Is Ridin’ Hy Ranch disability-friendly? Ridin’ Hy Ranch is an all-inclusive resort nestled in the mountainside of Adirondack State Park, in New York. I’ll share my review and what it is like to stay at this resort with a child with disabilities. I thought I’d share a few things I learned while…

Pets in the Classroom Grant | How to Get a Free Pet

Pets in the Classroom Grant | How to Get a Free Pet

Pets in the Classroom Pets in the classroom are now easy for every teacher to get. The benefits students receive just by having a pet in their own classroom are life-changing. I’m going to share with you how to get one for free. “Nothing else that blinks!” That used to be my household rule. Nothing…

Trunki Suitcase | Everything You Need to Know

Trunki Suitcase | Everything You Need to Know

Trunki Suitcase The Trunki Suitcase is so much more than a carry-on suitcase. The Trunki Suitcase transforms ordinary luggage into an adventure for children. This suitcase is a must-have if you are traveling with little ones. They can sit on the suitcase. They can easily pack it. It’s small enough for them to pull the…

23 Free Easter Egg Coloring Pages | Mandala | Preschool to Older Kids

23 Free Easter Egg Coloring Pages | Mandala | Preschool to Older Kids

Easter Egg Coloring Pages I recently shared another set of Easter coloring pages. Specifically, those free downloadable printable coloring pages were mostly Easter Bunny Coloring Pages. And, I got some requests to share coloring pages for older kids. Kids who might find the Easter Bunny to be a little too babyish for them. One reader…

6 Free Coloring Pages for Easter | Easter Bunny | Printable | PDF

6 Free Coloring Pages for Easter | Easter Bunny | Printable | PDF

Easter Coloring Pages When holidays come near, any parent or teacher will tell you, kids get antsy! Especially if a holiday like Easter is associated with time off from school and work. Like Spring Break. At home or at school, it can be hard to keep kids focused on school work. Especially if they know…

Free Visual Schedule Templates for Autism | Picture Schedules for Home Activities | PDF

Free Visual Schedule Templates for Autism | Picture Schedules for Home Activities | PDF

Visual Schedules and Autism How stressed out are you by daily routines? What about your kids? I mean, it’s something that we do, as a household, every.single.day. Why does it have to be so stressful? Most of us do not use visual schedules at home though many kids use them at school. These free printable…

How to Get Your Free Lifetime National Parks Pass | Disabilities | 4th Grade | List of Activities

How to Get Your Free Lifetime National Parks Pass | Disabilities | 4th Grade | List of Activities

National Park Pass Did you know that individuals with disabilities are entitled to a free lifetime pass to our visit our National Parks? Well, they are. So get one! I love our national parks, and some surprising places are national parks. When we went to the White House Easter Egg Roll, I learned that the…

The White House Easter Egg Roll | 2022 | What to Know Before You Go

The White House Easter Egg Roll | 2022 | What to Know Before You Go

White House Easter Egg Roll One really fun and memorable activity for families is the White House Easter Egg Roll. The 2022 White House Easter Egg Roll is always the Monday after Easter. This year, that is April 18. To get tickets to the White House Easter Egg Roll, you must literally win the lottery….

Bumble Bee Preschool Activities 🐝 Free 🐝 Printable

Bumble Bee Preschool Activities 🐝 Free 🐝 Printable

Bumble Bee Activities I think everyone has a love/hate relationship with bees, right? I mean, they’re essential to the planet, but many are afraid of them. But, we can’t appreciate and save what we don’t know–so it’s important to teach bee appreciation early. And, contrary to popular belief, bumble bees rarely sting people! If you…

A Weighted Blanket Causing Pain or Back Pain? Yes, yes it is.

A Weighted Blanket Causing Pain or Back Pain? Yes, yes it is.

Weighted Blanket Causing Pain Weighted blankets. They seem harmless enough, right? So we started using them. I purchased two for our household. In less than 6 months, they caused me so much hip and back pain, I’m tossing them. We are no longer using weighted blankets in our home. So I thought I’d explain why….

πŸ€ 10 Easy St. Patrick’s Day Crafts, Activities and Worksheets πŸ€

πŸ€ 10 Easy St. Patrick’s Day Crafts, Activities and Worksheets πŸ€

St. Patrick’s Day Easy Crafts So, you all know that I’m not normally a fan of labeling things with a chronological age. When you’re working with disabled students or adults, skill sets can vary widely. And, to label a teenager who has a lot of needs and limited skill sets as a ‘preschooler’ is infantilizing,…

Colors in ASL | Learn Colors in Sign Language | ASL Colors Printable

Colors in ASL | Learn Colors in Sign Language | ASL Colors Printable

ASL Color Signs If you are trying to learn sign language, learning clusters or groups of words is a great way to start. Many people start with numbers in ASL, or fingerspelling. But learning common ASL words and practicing them throughout the day is a great way to build up your ASL vocabulary. The great…

Free Guide to ASL Fingerspelling | Printable | Sign Language Alphabet PDF

Free Guide to ASL Fingerspelling | Printable | Sign Language Alphabet PDF

ASL Fingerspelling Learning the alphabet in sign language is a really fun and useful skill to have. While finger spelling out words can take longer than if you know the ASL words, it enables you to communicate with someone. It should be noted that while learning the ASL alphabet is a beginner skill, the child…

ASL for Thank You + 25 Common Words | Free PDF Worksheets

ASL for Thank You + 25 Common Words | Free PDF Worksheets

ASL for Thank You Many people don’t know this, but ASL or American Sign Language, is the 4th most common language used here in the USA. It’s also becoming more and more common for parents to use sign language with babies and toddlers before they have verbal words. We used sign language with Kevin as…

Recycling Worksheets for Kids | PDF | Printable

Recycling Worksheets for Kids | PDF | Printable

Recycling Worksheets All right, so before you download and print these recycling worksheets for your preschool or classroom…let me address the irony. Yes, it seems hypocritical to offer a school activity that has a theme of ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ or recycling, and said activity is on paper. But, hang with me…what better time to present…

🌎 Earth Day Color by Number Pages | Free | PDF

🌎 Earth Day Color by Number Pages | Free | PDF

Earth Day Color by Number I am a huge fan of multi sensory learning, and surrounding kids with language and content. Numerous studies indicate that it helps kids learn. And, it can be applied to any content. Like Earth Day! Adding in a kids’ activity like color by number activity can also reinforce the concept…

Daily Affirmations for Kids | Free PDF

Daily Affirmations for Kids | Free PDF

Daily Affirmations for Kids Honestly, the first and only time I really followed anything about daily affirmations was a satire account for Philadelphia. It just listed nuisances we find in daily life around here, it’s a pretty funny Instagram account. Then, I have this friend. He’s contributed to this site before, as he is a…

PΔ…czki Day 2022 | When is it? What is PΔ…czki Day?

PΔ…czki Day 2022 | When is it? What is PΔ…czki Day?

PΔ…czki Day I just love PΔ…czki Day. It truly is one of my favorite holidays. And, you get to celebrate it, twice! What’s not to love about two entire days dedicated to eating donuts? What is PΔ…czki Day? When is PΔ…czki Day 2022? And what do I mean by celebrating it twice? How do you…

Mardi Gras Coloring Pages | Mardi Gras Masks | PDF | Free
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Mardi Gras Coloring Pages | Mardi Gras Masks | PDF | Free

Mardi Gras Coloring Pages I honestly just love Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday, even though I’ve never even been to New Orleans or Rio. It’s a fun little holiday that usually happens right at a time when you’re really sick of winter and need a lift. Mardi Gras is so colorful and can be a…

12 Inspirational Family Movies | Gratitude | Making a Difference | Giving Back

12 Inspirational Family Movies | Gratitude | Making a Difference | Giving Back

Movies: Making a Difference and Giving Back I hate when I have to rework posts due to creeps. With all of the buzz out there about the misogynist creeps in Hollywood, I am updating this post. I certainly do not want to promote anyone’s career who acts like that. And certainly, they don’t deserve to…

Spot the Difference | Printable Worksheets for Kids | Free PDF

Spot the Difference | Printable Worksheets for Kids | Free PDF

Spot The Difference We love spot the difference worksheets. My whole extended family is really into worksheets and puzzles. They’re great when you need to take a screen break but want to work on some skills Visual clutter is something many kids with learning disabilities struggle with. Spot the Difference worksheets can help with that….

20 Free Bird Coloring Pages | Bird Word Search | Bird Watching for Kids

20 Free Bird Coloring Pages | Bird Word Search | Bird Watching for Kids

Bird Watching Coloring Pages and Activities Calling all bird nerds! Here is a huge list of Backyard Bird feeders and bird watching activities for kids. A great way to get your kids to appreciate and conserve nature is to engage them in bird watching, have them build a bird feeder or other fun activities. We…

Sesame Place PA | Review | Best Insider Tips | Crowds and Calendar

Sesame Place PA | Review | Best Insider Tips | Crowds and Calendar

Sesame Place Travel Tips Let’s be honest. Sesame Place is an expensive outing and chances are, a special occasion trip for your family. So you want to make the most of it, right? I’ve been to other parks and our trip was a disaster because we wasted our day waiting in lines, we didn’t know…

Basketball Word Search πŸ€ Worksheets πŸ€ NCAA πŸ€ FREE PDF πŸ€

Basketball Word Search πŸ€ Worksheets πŸ€ NCAA πŸ€ FREE PDF πŸ€

Basketball Word Search We are just all about the basketball around here! My younger son loves it and plays in two different leagues. We love watching March Madness and the NBA games. Of course, since we spend so much time talking about basketball, I wanted to involve Kevin, beyond taking him to his brother’s games….

10 St. Patrick’s Day Activities for Kids ☘️ Free ☘️ Printable 🌈
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10 St. Patrick’s Day Activities for Kids ☘️ Free ☘️ Printable 🌈

St. Patrick’s Day Activities Growing up, I don’t have great memories of St. Patrick’s Day. My dad would play record albums of Irish Folk Music like the Clancy Brothers and drink too much. Yep, the stereotype. It never occurred to me until I had kids that St. Patrick’s Day Activities for kids existed. I had…

St. Patrick’s Day Color by Number | Free | Printable
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St. Patrick’s Day Color by Number | Free | Printable

Color by Number St. Patrick’s Day I have posted several other St. Patrick’s Day coloring pages, but kept this one separate. That is because the color pages are color by number, but still with a St. Patrick’s Day theme. Color by number can not only be fun for the kids, but can also practice and…

St. Patrick’s Day Preschool Arts and Crafts 🌈 Easy 🌈  Pop Up Card
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St. Patrick’s Day Preschool Arts and Crafts 🌈 Easy 🌈 Pop Up Card

St. Patrick’s Day Arts and Crafts If you’ve been to a card store lately, you know how expensive they can be. So why spend $5 or $7 on a pop up card, when this St. Patrick’s Day craft is so easy to make? I’ve included photos and step by step instructions. It really can be…

St. Patrick’s Day Word Search ☘️ Word Scramble ☘️ Free PDF
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St. Patrick’s Day Word Search ☘️ Word Scramble ☘️ Free PDF

St. Patrick’s Day Word Search Here we go with another fun activity to incorporate all kinds of skills with a fun holiday. This time, I’m sharing two free PDFs-a St. Patrick’s Day word search and a St. Patrick’s Day word scramble. Since my site largely focuses on kids with various learning disabilities, please be mindful…

Free Printable St. Patrick’s Day Bingo Cards ☘️
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Free Printable St. Patrick’s Day Bingo Cards ☘️

St. Patrick’s Day Bingo Bingo is one of my family’s favorite things to do. Mind you, I’m a middle aged adult, and I’ve only recently discovered the joy of bingo. Mostly due to my youngest son. For whatever reason, he loved playing any kind of bingo at a very young age. Then, one time we…

Valentine’s Day Word Search πŸ’— Free πŸ’— Printable πŸ’— PDF πŸ’—
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Valentine’s Day Word Search πŸ’— Free πŸ’— Printable πŸ’— PDF πŸ’—

Valentine’s Day Word Search Hi there and Happy Valentine’s Day! Sure, it’s a corny holiday. But, a holiday dedicated to celebrating love and friendship? Count me in! This Valentine’s Day Word Search is a free printable in PDF format. Just download it and there you go! If this word search puzzle is either too easy…

☘️ St. Patrick’s Day Coloring Pages ☘️ Free ☘️
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☘️ St. Patrick’s Day Coloring Pages ☘️ Free ☘️

Free St. Patrick’s Day Coloring Pages Happy St. Patrick’s Day! These free St. Patrick’s Day coloring pages will keep kids happy and occupied for an afternoon or even longer. Coloring is a great fine motor skill, so why not incorporate some holiday fun? The St. Patrick’s Day coloring pages are all free for you to…

ASL ☘️ St. Patrick’s Day Words ☘️ Worksheets
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ASL ☘️ St. Patrick’s Day Words ☘️ Worksheets

ASL Signs for St. Patrick’s Day Depending on which set of statistics you look at, ASL or American Sign Language, is the 3rd or 4th most popular used language in this country. Many people are unaware of this. Pretty amazing, huh? While it is predominantly used by the Deaf community, teaching sign language to babies…

Teaching Music to Students with Learning Disabilities | Free Music Note Worksheets

Teaching Music to Students with Learning Disabilities | Free Music Note Worksheets

Teaching Music to Students with Learning Disabilities We all know that music has tremendous health and wellness benefits that extend far beyond just enjoying music. There are countless studies out there that students who study music often perform better than their peers in other areas too. If your child has an IEP or disability of…

Free Story Map Graphic Organizer | Worksheet | Examples | PDF

Free Story Map Graphic Organizer | Worksheet | Examples | PDF

Story Map Graphic Organizer Most people have read a book, and then went to see the movie. Or, saw the movie and then went back and read the book, right? Chances are, that is a book that you can recall with more detail that other books you have read. Because it was a multisensory approach…

πŸ’˜ Valentine’s Lunch Box Jokes πŸ’˜ Printable πŸ’˜ Free

πŸ’˜ Valentine’s Lunch Box Jokes πŸ’˜ Printable πŸ’˜ Free

Valentine’s Lunch Box Jokes Hey, here’s a fun little freebie for you–printable valentine’s day lunch box jokes. Print them, clip them….and put them wherever you want to insert a smile in someone’s day. In the lunch box of course, but also on the bathroom mirror, on a car dashboard, in a briefcase or backpack. Enjoy!

How to Have an Inclusive Valentine’s Day | Special Education Valentine’s Day Activities

How to Have an Inclusive Valentine’s Day | Special Education Valentine’s Day Activities

Inclusive Valentine’s Day Soon, all across the country, children will exchange Valentines with their classmates. Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is here and I don’t see it disappearing anytime soon. Sure, it kind of is a holiday that was made more important by the marketing machine. But I see nothing wrong with a…

{I Have a Dream} Martin Luther King Jr. Activities and Projects for Kids

{I Have a Dream} Martin Luther King Jr. Activities and Projects for Kids

Martin Luther King, Jr: I Have a Dream. MLK Day can be fun, serious, educational and thoughtful. Here are activities and projects for kids to make the day memorable, including “I have a dream speech” activities. I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I…

Valentine’s Day Directed Drawing Activities | Free | Printable PDF

Valentine’s Day Directed Drawing Activities | Free | Printable PDF

Valentine’s Day Directed Drawing I like Valentine’s Day for a lot of reasons. Sure, I can concede that it’s partly a made-up holiday fueled by the American marketing machine and consumerism. But, I can’t hate on a day dedicated to celebrating love and friendship. Plus, it’s a bright spot in a dreary part of the…

180 Printable Lunch Box Jokes | Free | Tween | Holidays | Summer

180 Printable Lunch Box Jokes | Free | Tween | Holidays | Summer

Lunch Box Jokes If you asked my son, he’ll tell you that he’s too old for me to be putting things in his lunch box, like printable lunch box jokes. He’s 12. He rolls his eyes at dad jokes, which are plentiful around here. And, he dutifully packs his own lunch every evening. It’s part…

How to Create Calming Classroom Decor | Decrease Visual Clutter | Increase Focus

How to Create Calming Classroom Decor | Decrease Visual Clutter | Increase Focus

Calming Classroom Decor Look, I love teachers. They are totally underappreciated and the whipping boy for “all things bad” with society and schools. But classroom decor? Yikes! Lots of room for improvement based on some of the classrooms I’ve been in. And, attending IEP meetings all over the Philadelphia region, I’m in a lot of…

Snowman β˜ƒοΈ and Snowflake ❄️ Coloring Pages | Free | Worksheets | Preschool + Toddler

Snowman β˜ƒοΈ and Snowflake ❄️ Coloring Pages | Free | Worksheets | Preschool + Toddler

Snowman Snowflake Coloring Pages Once the holidays are over, it’s time to start thinking about snowflakes and snowmen. I find them just as festive as the holidays and I keep many snow themed decorations up until about Presidents’ Weekend. Since I try to make everything multi sensory for Kevin, it’s only natural that I would…

Free Groundhog Day Activities for Kids | How Accurate is Groundhog Day?

Free Groundhog Day Activities for Kids | How Accurate is Groundhog Day?

Groundhog Day Activities I’m born and raised in Pennsylvania, so maybe I have a skewed vision of Groundhog Day. I mean the day, not the movie. Groundhog Day is a big deal here, as the whole world looks to the little town of Punxsutawney PA every February 2. Punxsutawney Phil has been predicting the weather…

Dine with Astronauts at Kennedy Space Center | Is it worth it? Review.

Dine with Astronauts at Kennedy Space Center | Is it worth it? Review.

Kennedy Space Center Reviews The last full day of our Florida trip was spent visiting the Kennedy Space Center. This wasn’t on our original agenda, but I picked up a brochure at the Nickelodeon Resort lobby and the more I read the brochure, the more I wanted to go. I was particularly interested in the…

7 Virtual Playdate Ideas | Hospital and Homebound | Preschool

7 Virtual Playdate Ideas | Hospital and Homebound | Preschool

Virtual PlayDates The Covid pandemic has made some permanent changes in how we live. Doing everything from school to family dinners virtually started out as a survival mechanism, but is probably here to stay. Many companies are not bringing employees back to an office to work, opting to keep them at home. The same goes…

11 Healthy Marriage Tips when you have an IEP

11 Healthy Marriage Tips when you have an IEP

Healthy Marriage Tips My visiting mother-in-law walked away uncomfortably as my husband yelled at me. “WHY are you doing this?” What was I doing? A county coordinator from the 0-3 program had just left our house. She came to take our initial information and explain how the evaluation process worked. She explained the different people…

Fun + Free New Year’s Resolution Activity for Kids

Fun + Free New Year’s Resolution Activity for Kids

New Year’s Activities for Kids It can seem like such a drag to suggest that you print and do worksheets with your kids over holiday break. I get it! Sometimes the last thing we want to do is more ‘homework.’ But sometimes these activities can not only break up boredom but have tremendous value too….

Is AngelSense Legal in Schools? Can I add it to my IEP?

Is AngelSense Legal in Schools? Can I add it to my IEP?

AngelSense My friend and fellow advocate Susan loves to tell this story. One morning she woke up and her son was gone. He is autistic and has limited speaking ability. Before panic was able to set in, a neighbor called to say they had found him. He was sitting on their living room couch. It…

How to Find a Dentist for Kids with Autism | What to Ask | Dental Restraint Options

How to Find a Dentist for Kids with Autism | What to Ask | Dental Restraint Options

Taking your Disabled Child to the Dentist On a good day, with a non-disabled person with no communication issues and no dental issues, we still dread going to the dentist. Add in some communication issues, sensory issues, autism, feeding an, swallowing issues, noise and pain thresholds that are different, and it can be an absolute…

Free Christmas Thank You Notes | Kids | Printable | Fill-in-the-Blank

Free Christmas Thank You Notes | Kids | Printable | Fill-in-the-Blank

Christmas Thank You Notes First, how adorable are these Christmas thank you notes? And, hello! Free and printable! When I saw these, I thought “I have to share these with my readers.” I’m a stickler for thank you notes. Call me old-fashioned, but I think it’s something kids need to do–express gratitude and not take…

How to Talk to {Disabled} Children about Death | 10 Ideas for Parents

How to Talk to {Disabled} Children about Death | 10 Ideas for Parents

How to Talk to Children about Death “Mommy, can people die from surgery?” I’ve answered that question about 1000x in the past 2 months. Or one similar to it, just switch out that last word to something else. Lately, my non-disabled child is somewhat obsessed with death. It doesn’t appear to be affecting him in…

How and Why You Should Talk to Your Child about their Disability

6 Reasons Why You Should Tell Your Child About their Disability Over the years, I’ve had clients with all kinds of diagnoses. And yeah, some of them were pretty extreme and intense for a young child. I had this one mom and she was trying to protect her son. He was young, a tween, at…

Leapfrog Games you can Download for Free | Incl. LeapPad Ultra | Discounts

Leapfrog Games you can Download for Free | Incl. LeapPad Ultra | Discounts

LeapPads Games Everyone loves a good freebie and a free Leap app is a great freebie. The free LeapPad app codes are below but just wanted to let you know a few things. I update this post often with the latest and greatest deals on Leap Pads and LeapPad accessories. So make sure you read…

How to Create a Medical and IEP Binder for your Child | Free Printables

How to Create a Medical and IEP Binder for your Child | Free Printables

How to Create a Medical Care Binder I need to do a Care Binder. This is long overdue. I’m traveling across the country in 2 weeks to speak at a conference. I’ve never left Kevin alone since his epilepsy started. And guess what?!? Pretty much his entire plan and his medical records are in my…

17 Mindfulness Activities for Kids | Music | Books

17 Mindfulness Activities for Kids | Music | Books

Mindfulness Meditation for Kids Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment, through a gentle, nurturing lens. https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/topic/mindfulness/definition Is your brain on overload the way mine is? And your kids’ too? This is why I am looking into mindfulness. To help me with the mental clutter. I’m pretty…

The 5 Best Weighted Calming Toys your Child will Love | Under $10

The 5 Best Weighted Calming Toys your Child will Love | Under $10

Weighted Calming Plush Toys We tried the whole weighted blanket thing. And, I did an entire separate article on how my weighted blanket caused pain for me. Extreme pain. However, I still believe in and enjoy the concept of weighted items having a calming effect for anxiety, autism, etc. I really wanted to have something…

Cortical Visual Impairment | CVI | Characteristics | Treatment | IEP Goals and Accommodations

Cortical Visual Impairment | CVI | Characteristics | Treatment | IEP Goals and Accommodations

Cortical Visual Impairment I recently attended a conference so I could educate myself on Cortical Visual Impairment, one of the diagnoses my son has. It was so enlightening and revolutionary, and add in a big heap of mom guilt. When you have a child with multiple disabilities, it can be tough to decide which one…

Hanukkah Dreidel Game and Rules πŸ•Ž Activities | Free Printables

Hanukkah Dreidel Game and Rules πŸ•Ž Activities | Free Printables

The Dreidel Game + Hanukkah Activities Happy Hanukkah! I like to teach my kids about all the major holidays and customs, even if we are not that ethnicity or religion. My sons both started playing the dreidel game in preschool and now one still asks for it. Personally, I think it’s just for the chocolate….

Elkonin Boxes for Dyslexia |  Phonemic Awareness | Examples | PDF

Elkonin Boxes for Dyslexia | Phonemic Awareness | Examples | PDF

Elkonin Boxes for Phonemic Awareness Just the other day, an advocate friend of mine was in an IEP meeting with a young-ish School Psychologist. And, this person said during the meeting that “you can’t test for dyslexia until the child is in 3rd grade.” It amazes me that myths and misconceptions like this are still…

ASL Christmas Activities | Christmas Tree Worksheet | Free Printable

ASL Christmas Activities | Christmas Tree Worksheet | Free Printable

ASL Christmas Activities How super cute is this ASL Christmas Tree Worksheet?! This is the best free Christmas printable worksheet you are going to find. Ok, worksheets. Not worksheet. Because it is multiple pages. But what a great way to infuse holiday spirit and teach letter recognition and ASL. You can teach so many skills…

Santa Letter Template | Free Printable Fill in the Blank Santa Letter | 2022

Santa Letter Template | Free Printable Fill in the Blank Santa Letter | 2022

Santa Letter Template When your child has a learning disability, they don’t only have the disability from 8-3 on school days. Right? They have it all the time. Sometimes people just don’t understand how a disability can take even what is the most fun and festive of activities, and ruin it. Like writing a letter…

How to Get a Free Letter from Santa Claus by Mail | 2022 | Ideas | Sample

How to Get a Free Letter from Santa Claus by Mail | 2022 | Ideas | Sample

Free Letters from Santa Claus by Mail Would your child enjoy a free mailed letter from Santa? Who wouldn’t? A letter from Santa can be so fun to receive. And, here’s a secret. It can be a great way to set expectations for your child as far as what is going to be under the…

100 Best and Funniest Fantasy Football Team Names | 2022

Best Fantasy Football Team Names If you play Fantasy Football, you know that one of the highlights is when your league competitors start to reveal their team names. You want your to be unique, clever…and reflect you! You also want a Fantasy Football Team Name that is hip and current, but has the staying power…

Direct Language | How to Correct your Communication with your Child

Direct Language | How to Correct your Communication with your Child

Direct Language We live in a sarcastic society. We also live in a society that uses clichΓ©s, innuendos, double entendre and other literary license. Even when it’s not in literature, these components have permeated our spoken language. But some kids need direct language, all the time. If you do not struggle with language processing, you…

Dysgraphia | Symptoms | Accommodations | IEP Goals | Interventions

Dysgraphia | Symptoms | Accommodations | IEP Goals | Interventions

IEP for Dysgraphia “Dysgraphia? What’s that? I’ve never heard of it!” This is a scenario that has been coming up more frequently lately. As parents become more informed, we are better able to advocate for our kids. If you go back even 10-20 years, not many parents had even heard of learning disabilities like dysgraphia….

Social Emotional Learning Activities | Middle School | High School

Social Emotional Learning Activities | Middle School | High School

Social Emotional Learning Activities “Ugh!” (and insert eye roll) “You want to talk about feelings again,” is what my 12-year-old recently groaned. I hope that as you read my site and participate in the Facebook group, that there is so much more to social skills besides exhibiting the actual traditional social skills. Social emotional learning,…

Football Bingo | Free Football Bingo Cards to Print | Rules

Football Bingo | Free Football Bingo Cards to Print | Rules

Football Bingo Are you planning a Super Bowl party or another football-themed event? Looking for some free football bingo cards to print? Well, welcome! This football bingo game is a great way to involve all ages and abilities on the day of the big game. Five months out of the year, football talk is everywhere….

Holidays with a Disabled Child | 10 Tips for a Stress Free Season

Holidays with a Disabled Child | 10 Tips for a Stress Free Season

Holidays with a Disabled Child “My heart just hurt for him last year when you wouldn’t meet us at Red Lobster for his big 75th birthday.” That was from my stepmother. A few weeks ago, my dad turned 76. We did the very Pennsylvania thing and went to Shady Maple for his birthday. But, of…

6 Common Medications that are Poisonous for Pets | What to Do

6 Common Medications that are Poisonous for Pets | What to Do

When Your Pet Eats Human Medicine My son takes several medications every day. We have a new dog in our house. He’s a border collie mix, so he’s quite agile and smart. And, a counter surfer. I crate him when I am preparing Kevin’s medications or feedings. Most parents know to keep medications out of…

8 Christmas Social Stories for Kids | Autism | Santa

8 Christmas Social Stories for Kids | Autism | Santa

Christmas Social Story This list of Christmas Social Stories was compiled by popular request. Every year, I dig up this post and go over a couple of them with my autistic son. Social stories about Christmas are so important. There are many free social stories here on this site. Think about some holiday traditions from…

How to Have a Waste Free Christmas | Zero Waste Gifts | Tree | 2022

How to Have a Waste Free Christmas | Zero Waste Gifts | Tree | 2022

Zero Waste Christmas Ideas I’m sad that we’re not going to see some family members this Christmas. But I have to admit, I’m a little excited at being able to break some bad habits. Some parts of our family exchange a lot of gifts…and so much of it gets tossed before January 1. I haven’t…

25 Elf on the Shelf Ideas for Autism | Disabled | Wheelchair | Hospital | Service Dog

25 Elf on the Shelf Ideas for Autism | Disabled | Wheelchair | Hospital | Service Dog

Wheelchair and Hospital Elf Ideas I’ll admit, when Elf first came out, I loved him. Then I hated him. Well, not him, but I hated how competitive it was on social media. Seemed like every mom was trying to outdo all her friends with crazy Elf ideas. Now we’re back to loving our Elf on…

50 Last Minute Elf on the Shelf Ideas | Easy | No Props | 2022

50 Last Minute Elf on the Shelf Ideas | Easy | No Props | 2022

Last Minute Elf Ideas My recent last minute elf on the shelf idea was also one of my best-ever elf on the shelf ideas. The other morning, when I walked out into our kitchen, my 7-year-old exclaimed, “Mom! Elf is playing Xbox! I bet they’re playing NBA2K.” It was one of the simplest yet most…

5 Social Stories for Thanksgiving | Thanksgiving Social Skills

5 Social Stories for Thanksgiving | Thanksgiving Social Skills

Social Stories for Thanksgiving Thanksgiving is almost here! For most of the world, families anticipate and look forward to this time with happiness. Some of us with special needs, maybe not. It can be challenging, to say the least. Sometimes I think that I could use printable social stories for Thanksgiving to help me prepare….

25 (free!) Evidence-Based Games and Activities to Learn Social Skills | Autism

25 (free!) Evidence-Based Games and Activities to Learn Social Skills | Autism

Evidence Based Games for Social Skills If you go out to bars frequently, or you’re in a phase of your life where you’re attending a lot of weddings, you get to practice those social skills. When you don’t, you struggle. “What do I wear to a wedding? Ack!” is a sentiment I know that I…

How the Grinch Stole Christmas Musical Review | Why you might want to skip it this year!

How the Grinch Stole Christmas Musical Review | Why you might want to skip it this year!

{Review} How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical. We had so much fun at the Grinch Musical last night! Honestly, I didn’t even think that we’d go. I got an invitation to attend on media night. And a zillion thoughts ran through my head. Should I invite my sister-in-law? My niece? She loves musicals. My…

Pet Therapy Programs for Children | Pet Therapy Training for Parents

Pet Therapy Programs for Children | Pet Therapy Training for Parents

Pet Therapy Programs “Is that a therapy dog?” The good news–more and more, we (society) are better understanding the human/animal bond, and using it to make progress or make things accessible. The bad news–there is more confusion than ever as far as what is a therapy pet, a service pet and so on. Before having…

The Bayberry Candle Tradition | Poem | Christmas | New Year’s Eve

The Bayberry Candle Tradition | Poem | Christmas | New Year’s Eve

Bayberry Candle Legend Have you ever heard the bayberry candle poem or tradition? Legend has it that a bayberry candle can bring you luck. I love bayberry candles and have always loved the scent. When I learned about the holiday tradition of sharing the prayer or poem with a friend, it became an annual thing…

8 Halloween Social Stories | Trick or Treat too!

8 Halloween Social Stories | Trick or Treat too!

Halloween and Trick or Treat Social Stories With Halloween not that far off, I thought I would gather some Halloween and Trick-or-Treat Social Stories for you. I know from friends and clients that Halloween can be a tough time for kids with autism because so many unexpected things happen. Does your child with autism use…

25 Best Free Christmas Apps for Kids | 2022

25 Best Free Christmas Apps for Kids | 2022

Free Christmas Apps Are you looking for Christmas apps that are both fun and educational? Well, I was and found it nearly impossible to get a good list. So I went digging and found my own. From Christmas social stories apps, picture identification, vocabulary building, sequencing and so much more. And we have Android devices,…

Best Toys for Autistic Kids | Non Verbal | Developmental Delay

Best Toys for Autistic Kids | Non Verbal | Developmental Delay

Best Toys for Autism I used to dread holiday shopping and buying birthday gifts. A phase where I loathed walking through the baby/toddler department of a store, looking for toys for my son who is neither a baby nor a toddler. But I got over it. Now, having this blog for almost 10 years, parents often…

10 OSEP Dear Colleague and Guidance Letters every IEP Parent should Read.

10 OSEP Dear Colleague and Guidance Letters every IEP Parent should Read.

OSEP Dear Colleague Letters Parents, here is another great tool for your advocacy toolkit. And yes, another issue that was brought to my attention in our Facebook group. Sometimes I forget what it is like to be an IEP newbie. So when a parent asked, “What’s an OSEP guidance letter?” I knew I had to…

25 Best Non-Scary Halloween Movies Streaming | Disney+ | 2022

25 Best Non-Scary Halloween Movies Streaming | Disney+ | 2022

Streaming Halloween Movies (that aren’t scary!) Do you like scary movies? I like the scary movies if there’s no possible way it could happen in real life. But if there is a real life theme to it, no way. Yeah, I’m a child of the 1970s, so I still get a little nervous swimming in…

8 Fun and Easy No-Carve Pumpkin Ideas | Decorations | Paint | Drilling

8 Fun and Easy No-Carve Pumpkin Ideas | Decorations | Paint | Drilling

No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Ideas True confession time. I don’t like carving pumpkins. I don’t. I’ve done the basic triangle eyes and pumpkin teeth carve, but after a few decades, that gets old. I tried the “buy a complicated pattern and battery operated carver” thing and they either never work. Or if we have a warm…

10 Fun Alternatives to Trick or Treating that Kids will Love

10 Fun Alternatives to Trick or Treating that Kids will Love

Trick or Treating Alternatives Many kids love to go trick or treating. But, maybe your disabled child does not enjoy it. Or, maybe we’re in the middle of a pandemic, so you don’t feel like you can trick or treat safely. Either way, you need alternative activities to trick or treating, and here is a…

Developing Matching Skills | Matching Pictures | Printable |  for Older Kids

Developing Matching Skills | Matching Pictures | Printable | for Older Kids

Matching Pictures Matching is a skill that many take for granted. And, I hear from parents who want IEP goal suggestions or printable matching pictures to use with their kids. And not just the preschool kids either! Many older kids struggle with matching pictures too. Matching is an essential skill for many reasons. First, a…

7 Best Noise Cancelling Headphones for Autism | ADHD | Anxiety

7 Best Noise Cancelling Headphones for Autism | ADHD | Anxiety

Best Noise Cancelling Headphones The world is a noisy place. Heck, sometimes I wish I had noise-cancelling headphones. But if your child has Autism, ADHD or anxiety disorder, being out in noise can be brutal. These various conditions can make it near impossible to process what someone is saying if there is a lot of…

Fantasy Football for Kids | Fun and Important Skills Learned

Fantasy Football for Kids | Fun and Important Skills Learned

Including Kids in Fantasy Football Leagues My husband has been in a family Fantasy Football league for several years. In recent years, he allowed our younger son (who loves football!) to help him make decisions on players and stuff. Then, I added a team. Another uncle left the league, we expanded the league size, so…

60+ Halloween Things to Do in Philadelphia | Halloween Activities for Kids
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60+ Halloween Things to Do in Philadelphia | Halloween Activities for Kids

Halloween Activities for Kids Pennhurst is one of the Halloween things to do near me. I hate it. For those of you who do not know what I am talking about, Pennhurst is an asylum that was open for decades in suburban Philadelphia. It was closed in the 1980s. Today you can find former residents…

8 Fun Things to Do in South Philly | Philadelphia

8 Fun Things to Do in South Philly | Philadelphia

South Philly I’ve lived near Philadelphia most of my life. As a kid, we had obligatory field trips to the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and the Franklin Institute. (not all at the same time) As an adult, I still enjoy going there. When the kids were little, we did ‘little kid’ stuff like the Please…

Deep Creek Lake MD | Why You Should Avoid this Shockingly Inaccessible Bucket-List Bust.

Deep Creek Lake MD | Why You Should Avoid this Shockingly Inaccessible Bucket-List Bust.

Deep Creek Lake I live west of Philadelphia. My family enjoys almost all outdoors activities-fishing, hiking, kayaking, paddleboarding and more. Because of where we live, we’ve heard about Deep Creek Lake from many friends and acquaintances over the years. So, yeah. It was kind of a bucket list item for me. Not in a “well…

Sequencing Pictures | Toys | Developing Sequencing Skills

Sequencing Pictures | Toys | Developing Sequencing Skills

Sequencing Pictures Sequencing is an important executive function. It is a foundation skill that children must develop before they can move on to more complex functions. More on that in a bit. Sequencing is how we put our thoughts and our world in order. We have to sequence not only the tasks we do every…

How to Teach Empathy and Kindness | 25 Resources for Parents and Teachers

How to Teach Empathy and Kindness | 25 Resources for Parents and Teachers

How to Teach Kindness and Empathy Research shows that teens today are 40% less empathetic than they were thirty years ago (Dr. Michele Borba), and 62% of Americans say kids are less kind than they were in the past (NBC News State of Kindness Poll, 2015). And, for us special needs moms, that scares the…

Kindness Challenge for Kids | 30 Ideas for Home or the Classroom

Kindness Challenge for Kids | 30 Ideas for Home or the Classroom

Kindness Challenge I was inspired by a friend who was doing some volunteering. When someone asked her what prompted her to do it, she said, “Well, I figured I could be mad and shout at my TV. Or I could do something.” A family kindness challenge with my kids–I can do that! I’m feeling very…

Allergy Free Candy Options | Halloween | Teal Pumpkin Ideas

Allergy Free Candy Options | Halloween | Teal Pumpkin Ideas

Allergy Free Candy for Halloween Have you heard of the Teal Pumpkin Project? Fantastic idea! Tips and treat lists so your house can be a part of a Food Allergy Inclusive Halloween for all kids! Includes where to buy Allergen-Free Halloween Candy. As a parent, I can’t imagine the stress of your child having a…

21 Cool Sensory Activities for Older Kids | Teens | Light Play

21 Cool Sensory Activities for Older Kids | Teens | Light Play

Sensory Activities for Teens It often feels like when it comes to sensory activities and cool crafts, older kids get left out. Like their sensory needs just disappear when they are a tween or teen, right? No, they don’t! Light Play activities are popular and beneficial for all. But take a look around on the…

Chore Chart for Kids | Parent’s Guide to Chores for Kids

Chore Chart for Kids | Parent’s Guide to Chores for Kids

Printable Chore Chart for Kids Parents from all regions and cultures of the world remain divided whether they should or should not hand out chores to their children. Some parents believe that kids must rather do schoolwork or extracurricular activities than sweeping the floor. However, child psychologists urge you to think otherwise because delegating household…

How Much Does It Cost To Raise A Child With A Disability?

How Much Does It Cost To Raise A Child With A Disability?

Parenting a Disabled Child This has been an issue that’s been on my mind lately due to a few things I’ve read and encountered. As usual, I’m trying to organize it in my head and not having as much success as I’d like. I preemptively apologize for rambling. I’ve been thinking about money, finances, time,…

9 Ways to Encourage Your Kids to be Physically Active | Fun Physical Activities for Kids at Home

9 Ways to Encourage Your Kids to be Physically Active | Fun Physical Activities for Kids at Home

Physical Activity for Kids Being physically active is important for all ages, kids included. Do you have kids who drag their feet when it comes to being active or simply prefer to play video games all day, but you want them to be more active? Me too! These past 15+ months have been hard on…

Traveling with A Disabled Child | How to Properly Prepare for your Adventure!

Special Needs Travel “You should go!” I was on the phone with a friend, because there was no texting or Facebook. She was saying how some of our friends were spending a long weekend out in the wine country of Sonoma. “Go!” she said. So we did. In a matter of a few weeks’ time,…

Best Teacher Appreciation Gifts | Inexpensive | Thoughtful | Useful

Best Teacher Appreciation Gifts | Inexpensive | Thoughtful | Useful

Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas Some years, my son’s team is as large as 15 or 16 people. Sure, they’re not all teachers, but I thank them all at the same time. I’m good at knowing when Teacher Appreciation Day is (usually the first week of May) but there’s no way I could keep track of…

What are Dolch Sight Words? | List | Printable Worksheets | Teaching

What are Dolch Sight Words? | List | Printable Worksheets | Teaching

Dolch Sight Words In 1936, Edward William Dolch published his list of what he called “Sight Words.” Dolch, an advocate of the ‘whole word reading’ approach, argued that his list of 220 words were used in up to 75% of all school texts, libraries, newspapers and magazines. This is why I made sure to point…

Best Accessible Beaches & Beach Wheelchair Rentals  | Delaware | NJ

Best Accessible Beaches & Beach Wheelchair Rentals | Delaware | NJ

Wheelchair Accessible Beaches As I am sitting here putting together this post, it is 90 degrees, sunny and humid outside (and only April!). Mentally, I’ve checked out of school mode and all my focus is on summer and the beach. After the past 16 months that we’ve had, I cannot wait to travel again. In…

20 Parent Communication Log Templates |  Free Parent-Teacher Daily Communication Sheets

20 Parent Communication Log Templates | Free Parent-Teacher Daily Communication Sheets

Parent Communication Log One common method of parent-teacher communication is the use of a daily home to school communication log. My son has used one pretty much since day one, but they are not just for children who are non-verbal. Home to school communication logs are great for any child because it prevents any miscommunication…

Low Tech Assistive Technology | Examples | Communication | Ideas | Reading and Writing

Low Tech Assistive Technology | Examples | Communication | Ideas | Reading and Writing

Low Tech Assistive Technology If I say the words “assistive technology,” what comes to mind? An iPad with autism apps? Or maybe Stephen Hawking with his thought-activated chair and voice modulator? When we hear the term Assistive Technology (AT), we often imagine kids with disabilities mastering previously challenging assignments with the help of the latest…

ADHD and Sleep Issues | Best Tips for Everyone to Get a Good Night’s Rest

ADHD and Sleep Issues | Best Tips for Everyone to Get a Good Night’s Rest

ADHD and Sleep Have you ever walked into your child’s room to find them sleeping on the floor? I mean, you put them in bed, and you find them curled up on the floor. Or, if you’re like me, you feel like your autistic child is sleeping too much. Raise your hand if you’re a…

Small Time Change, Huge Disruption | Daylight Savings Time and Autism | ADHD | Tips

Small Time Change, Huge Disruption | Daylight Savings Time and Autism | ADHD | Tips

Daylight Savings Time and Autism It’s just one hour. One.hour. It shouldn’t make us this crazy, right? My son has always struggled with this. If I’m being honest, I do too. And, so do our dogs. It takes us weeks to recover from the Daylights Savings Time change. Both fall and spring. Lots of families…

What All Parents Need to Know About Life-Threatening Sepsis | Symptoms for Teenagers and Children

What All Parents Need to Know About Life-Threatening Sepsis | Symptoms for Teenagers and Children

Sepsis and Children I’m a worrier. It’s my nature. Having a disabled child, and one who is both non-verbal and medically complex only exacerbates my worrying. In the past 15 years, I have actually known two people who have died of sepsis. I mean, I know thousands more have, but these were people who I…

Why Educational Apps are Important | Pros and cons of Apps for Education

Why Educational Apps are Important | Pros and cons of Apps for Education

Educational Apps | Pros and Cons According to NPR, 53% of American kids over 11 have their own smartphone, and 84% of American teenagers. But, with doctors and other professionals constantly reminding parents not to allow too much screen time, we want to be sure that at least some of the time our kids spend…

12 Best Math Apps | Kids | Free | Educational | Android and iOS

12 Best Math Apps | Kids | Free | Educational | Android and iOS

Math Apps With so many more kids learning at home or on a hybrid program, I am finding more parents frustrated at math. It’s just not taught the way we learned it. And, after several decades, it’s hard to get my brain to add and subtract a different way. (No! You carry the 1 dammit,…

Xfinity Internet Essentials | What is it? | How to Qualify

Xfinity Internet Essentials | What is it? | How to Qualify

 Comcast Internet For Disabled People Many of our households can possibly benefit from this. Plus, I know I have a lot of teachers in my audience. Hopefully, you have families, guidance counselors, and school social workers who will benefit from the Comcast Internet Essentials Program. With Internet Essentials laptops and internet access are available to…

6 Benefits of PlayDough | 10 Ways to Use PlayDough in Skill Development

6 Benefits of PlayDough | 10 Ways to Use PlayDough in Skill Development

Benefits of Playdough Play Dough is such a great thing for kids and adults. There are many ways to foster development in many skill areas. In looking for benefits of playdough for adults, it really is the same list as children. As far as activities, I don’t worry too much about what is age-appropriate. If…

Amazon Echo for Disabilities | 8 Alexa Uses for Disabled People | Autism

Amazon Echo for Disabilities | 8 Alexa Uses for Disabled People | Autism

Amazon Echo for Disabled People Look, I love reading to my kids. But the thing is, it is never enough for them. One book or chapter turns into 2 or 4 or even more. Imagine if you had someone to help you with this task? It sounds robotic, but I want to try it. This…

Best Apps for Autism | Speech | Social Skills

Best Apps for Autism | Speech | Social Skills

Autism Apps It’s kind of hard to remember life without tablets and smartphones, but it did exist. When the iPad was introduced a little over a decade ago, it was revolutionary. And, the autism community and special education community were some of the pioneers in developing apps. Now, our disabled kids, regardless of their issues,…

Orton Gillingham Approach | What is it? | IEP Tips | Certification

Orton Gillingham Approach | What is it? | IEP Tips | Certification

Orton Gillingham If your child has dyslexia or is a struggling reader, you may have had someone suggest Orton Gillingham to you. Or perhaps suggested that your child needs to be “in an Orton Gillingham program.” I find that few parents understand what Orton Gillingham is and how it helps children learn to read. So…

PA Access Card | Medicaid for Disabled Children | Understanding the PA Loophole PH 95

PA Access Card | Medicaid for Disabled Children | Understanding the PA Loophole PH 95

Medical Assistance PA When I moved from Canada to the Philadelphia area, I was a bit confused as to what services I could receive for my children. There were very little resources out there provided to my family regarding my children’s disabilities and the support that was offered was scarce. No one told me about…

Making a Daily Routine Easy on the Kids and You | 13 Tips to Stay Sane

Making a Daily Routine Easy on the Kids and You | 13 Tips to Stay Sane

Easy Daily Routines “Come ON! You’re going to miss the bus!” you scream up the stairs. Or, you answer another barrage of the same questions-Where’s my backpack? Mom, I can’t find my other shoe! Mom, I told you that we were supposed to wear BLUE today, and I don’t have anything clean that is BLUE!…

8 Benefits of LEGO | Best LEGO Sets for Creativity | LEGO Without Instructions

8 Benefits of LEGO | Best LEGO Sets for Creativity | LEGO Without Instructions

Benefits of LEGO Lego bricks are an excellent way to encourage creativity in our kids. You can purchase Lego bricks and pieces by themselves. Or you can purchase complete sets with specific instructions that have a main build in mind. What are the benefits of LEGO? What are some of the best LEGO sets to…

Free All About Me Worksheet | Template | Printable | PDF

Free All About Me Worksheet | Template | Printable | PDF

All About Me Worksheet Sending any young child out into the world is scary. Meeting new teachers can be nerve-wracking for kids, and for moms. Additionally, if we throw in some medical concerns, safety concerns and communication issues, and sometimes its a wonder how we do this. There’s also a pretty high turnover rate in…

When to Worry about the Flu | Flu Warning Signs in Kids | Tips from Aria Health

When to Worry about the Flu | Flu Warning Signs in Kids | Tips from Aria Health

Flu Warning Signs Extra worries about the flu this year, right? But so far, due to social distancing, flu numbers are low. Still, when you have young children or kids who are non-verbal, you might be wondering what flu warning signs to look for. During this stressful time, you can always call your pediatrician and…

My Child is Newly Diagnosed with a Disability | Now what?

My Child is Newly Diagnosed with a Disability | Now what?

For the Newly Diagnosed With a Disability. Welcome! None of us expected to be here, but here we are. And I’m here to tell you, that you are still going to have a rich, rewarding, full and enjoyable life. I mean that! Please don’t let anyone suck you down into that world of “perpetual grief.”…

23 Books about Siblings with Disabilities | Autism | Down Syndrome

23 Books about Siblings with Disabilities | Autism | Down Syndrome

Books About Siblings of Special Needs Children Yesterday was not a great day. It wasn’t terrible, just not great. I picked B up from preschool and was handed his projects and stuff to take home for the week. Among the items was his thankful list. No, I’m not upset that the dogs outrank me on…

Adaptive Clothing |  Special Needs | Adults | Kids | Abdominal Access and More

Adaptive Clothing | Special Needs | Adults | Kids | Abdominal Access and More

Special Needs Adaptive Clothing Accessible and Adaptive Clothing for kids and adults with Special Needs is really having a moment, isn’t it? (and yes, I know that the term Special Needs is being phased out) I bought my son some of the Target onesies and I’ve been quite pleased with them. We got them because…

25 Amazingly Awesome Dolls with Disabilities | Disability Awareness | Action Figures

25 Amazingly Awesome Dolls with Disabilities | Disability Awareness | Action Figures

Dolls with Disabilities Kids need dolls and toys that resemble them. Sure, it’s great to have toys that you aspire to be, like an astronaut or scientist. But if every astronaut or scientist you see is an able-bodied white male, it changes the way a child thinks. If a child is disabled, they need disabled…

Toilet Training and Older Kids | IEP Goals | School Protocols |  Diaper Recommendations
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Toilet Training and Older Kids | IEP Goals | School Protocols | Diaper Recommendations

Toilet Training an Older Child I am wildly passionate about kids being toilet trained if it is a possibility. I never dreamed I would be a passionate advocate for toilet training. But, here I am. Lack of toileting skills is one functional IEP skill that really carries a serious stigma for our kids. It’s very…

8 Companies that Hire Disabled Adults | Fair Wage | Inclusionary Practices

8 Companies that Hire Disabled Adults | Fair Wage | Inclusionary Practices

Work for People with Disabilities We vote with our dollars. When you buy something, you aren’t just saying that you like or need the product. You are also saying you support their corporate philosophy and what they do as a company. As parents raising disabled children, we need to band together and vote with our…

What is an IFSP? | A Parent Guide to Early Intervention Services | IDEA Part C

What is an IFSP? | A Parent Guide to Early Intervention Services | IDEA Part C

Early Intervention IDEA Part C Kevin is my first born. Like many new moms with internet access, I was um, shall we say ‘hypervigilant’ about his infancy and development. One of the first milestones that parents look forward to is rolling over at 3 months. And yep, you guessed it, he missed it. I frequently…

5 “No Tears” Tips to Remove Medical EEG Glue from Hair.

5 “No Tears” Tips to Remove Medical EEG Glue from Hair.

Surgical and EEG Glue Removing EEG glue from your child’s hair-is there anything worse? I cannot believe that we have the technology to actually do EEGs, but we do not have a good way to remove that damn glue from their heads, painlessly. The child has already been through enough. As if kids and parents…

25 Free Sign Language Flashcards | Getting Started in ASL | Printable ASL Cards

25 Free Sign Language Flashcards | Getting Started in ASL | Printable ASL Cards

Basic Sign Language Maybe it’s because my kids are teens and tweens now, but I feel like I don’t hear as many parents talking about sign language anymore. When they were babies and toddlers, it was a trend to teach basic sign language to all babies, not just those with hearing or other impairments. We…

10 Free Text to Speech Apps | Voice to Text

10 Free Text to Speech Apps | Voice to Text

Text to Speech This past year has had our kids accessing technology more than ever before. Even those who didn’t previously use Assistive Technology now find themselves with Chromebooks and other devices to do their school work at home. But, a new environment can expose skill gaps. When school information is presented in a different…

8 Unusual and Educational Board Games for Older Kids

8 Unusual and Educational Board Games for Older Kids

Educational Board Games Board games are a great way for children to learn skills without even realizing that they’re learning. And, with so many families staying at home more, and parents worried about screentime, board games are really having a moment right now. And hey, everyone loves a good game of Candyland or Monopoly and…

13 Meditation and Mindfulness Apps and Techniques for Kids, under $5.

13 Meditation and Mindfulness Apps and Techniques for Kids, under $5.

Mindfulness and Meditation for Kids We have a lot to think about these days. I don’t even think I could list all that’s wrong with the world right now. For one, it’s too depressing. It’s completely natural to feel overwhelmed right now. And, as parents, we often cannot let our true feelings show because we’re…

27 Behavior Contract Templates | Teen | Example | Printable

27 Behavior Contract Templates | Teen | Example | Printable

Behavior Contract My 11-year-old definitely needs a behavior contract. Ah, summer. I am dreading it just as much as I am looking forward to it. Definitely looking forward to long, warm days, gardening, good eating. Not looking forward to, “I’m bored!” on Day 3. I went into his room this morning and it is a…

Tips for Living with ADHD | Pediatric Neurologist Dr. Sarah Cheyette

Tips for Living with ADHD | Pediatric Neurologist Dr. Sarah Cheyette

Living with ADHD This Facebook Live chat about Living with ADHD was a Q&A session with Doctor Sarah Cheyette of the Bay area. Sarah Cheyette, MD, graduated from Princeton University, and then UCLA Medical School. She did a fellowship in pediatric neurology and has been in private practice since then. She treats kids and young…

Executive Functioning Coach Tips | Managing School, Work, Life.

Executive Functioning Coach Tips | Managing School, Work, Life.

Advice from an Executive Functioning Coach This Facebook Live event was awesome. I am really amazed by the caliber of people I have been able to line up to help our families. This one was with Samantha Curiale-Feinman, MS.Ed., TSHH, Director of New Frontiers Executive Function Coaching. She thoroughly answered viewer questions. You can watch the…

Kids with OCD and/or Anxiety | FAQs w/ Dr. Chad Brandt

Kids with OCD and/or Anxiety | FAQs w/ Dr. Chad Brandt

Kids with OCD and/or Anxiety Here is all the information from my interview with Dr. Chad Brandt. I’m including the resources he shared, his contact information, and the video if you wish to re-watch it. Also, the interview is transcribed below for hearing impaired readers. Dr. Brandt’s website on Youth OCD and Anxiety IOCDF.org– website…

Patriotism for Kids | 10 Fun Learning Activities for Families.

Patriotism for Kids | 10 Fun Learning Activities for Families.

Patriotism for Kids Patriot. It’s a word that gets tossed around a lot lately. And misused a lot, in my opinion. Yes, here in America you can publicly disagree with your leaders and your government. But, the mere act of disagreeing does not make you a patriot. Hate is not a part of patriotism. You…

12 Gross Motor Sensory Activities Using Household Items | Gross Motor Activities for Special Needs
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12 Gross Motor Sensory Activities Using Household Items | Gross Motor Activities for Special Needs

Gross Motor Activities for Special Needs Does your child have sensory breaks in their IEP? Or need them? Are you worried about loss of PT sessions, gym class, recess, organized sports and all the other things that may make our kids more sedentary? And hey, not everyone has a sensory room in their house, right?…