When our children are struggling or displaying puzzling behavior, it is tempting to simply brush it off as a phase that they’ll grow out of. And while this may be true in some cases, addressing these concerns head-on can be a much more effective route to take! This collection offers insight into a variety of concerns and solutions from parents who have been there.
Read Shari's article for information & resources to help identify potential concerns
Read about Kathryn's experience with her daughter who has SPD, and find out how they are trying to find their new balance between two worlds
Read Dana's article for great ideas to help your children through panic attacks
A beautiful reminder from guest contributor, Autism Sparkles
Dana shares how to identify when separation anxiety may be more than just a phase
Read Rachael's personal story about her family and how they deal with Sensory Processing Disorder and Anxiety
Read how Laura, parent of a son with autism, details the steps on working through receiving this diagnosis
Calleen's son has autism and experiences friendships in a different way
Find out what therapist Genevieve recommends to help yourself get through difficult parenting moments
Read Karissa's Article to learn more about the traits and symptoms of children with SPD
Go here to check out Shari's idea for creating a simple (yet effective) behavior chart on the fly
Learn about the many ways that social workers can help children & their families
Here is a wonderful resource that can give you further information about whether or not your child may have autism
Find out what everyday symptoms parenting coach Dana Baker recommends to look for in your child that are often missed
Catching potential concerns early & can mean a happier, healthier future for your child & the whole family
Learn more about symptoms, daily struggles, and resources that can help with SPD
Dana provides insight into how you can help your child cope with their anxiety and shift your family dynamics
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Liz attended Bard College in New York & received her Masters in Social Work at Simmons College. She has worked in community health centers in Boston for the last eight years doing therapy with children, family, & adults. Liz uses a heartfelt & creative approach in her work, combining mindfulness techniques, trauma informed methods, & art. She is also a mom to two young children & enjoys painting, organic gardening, & hiking.
Dana BakerDana Baker is a writer, editor, not-so-perfect mom of two, and a Parent and Teen Coach. She help families reconnect and find a way around the walls that cause such isolation and dysfunction in these years. Dana offers advice from the trenches, a non-judgmental ear and tips/feedback based on the science of psychology and the reality of parenting. Read her blog and follow her on social media.
Rachael WoodRachael is the mother of three incredible girls and the owner of Komfy Couture. She is passionate about designing comfortable and fashionable clothing for children and making custom weighted blankets. She lives in Lititz, PA with her fiancé, Brian, and her daughters, Alison and Angie.
Kathryn HivelyThough a Southerner at heart, Kathryn Hively lives with her husband and two young daughters in New Jersey. Her blog Just BE Parenting promotes non-judgmental parenting and celebrates families in all forms. Her work has also appeared in Scary Mommy, mom.me, Ravishly, and the Mighty, among others.
I am a mom, special needs advocate, and public school teacher who believes a child's value is so much greater than grades or numbers on a score card. In these last seventeen years navigating this autism journey with my son, I have learned that who my boy is… is exactly who he is meant to be. The reason I love, rather than fear, autism, is I see the bigger picture and how it has blessed us with a bigger view of life and a deeper appreciation and affection for different.