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“Fall Back”: How to Embrace Daylight Savings Time

As we were driving to the gym this morning, Ryan commented about how bright it was outside. I reminded him that we turned back the clocks Saturday night, which meant we had light earlier in the morning. (Unfortunately, night would … Continue reading

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A Safe and Spooktacular Halloween

Halloween is all about dressing up as scary, ghoulish, funny characters, knocking on the doors of neighbors and friends, collecting treats and relishing in the fun. However, for many children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), this can be a difficult … Continue reading

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The Search for Avonte

The disappearance of young Avonte Oquendo in New York City (NYC) reminds me again of this critical issue for many, many parents of children with autism and developmental disabilities. I recall Ryan’s most serious incident when he wandered off as … Continue reading

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Ask Yourself, “Am I Being Kind?”

It was Saturday.  Mass with Msgr. Kriegel was over and Ryan and I were heading home. Msgr. had spoken about being “kind” and “merciful,” his theme for the week. I was preparing to talk to Ryan about the concept, as … Continue reading

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8 Tips for Successful Holidays or Events for Kids on the Spectrum

Holidays and family events are a joy and a stress in many families for both parents and children. If you have a child with special needs, these celebrations can become challenging. In a previous blog I offered some tips to … Continue reading

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7 Tips for Successful Trick-or-Treating

It’s a sunny, warm Thursday in Erie today. Looking out the window, one would guess that the Fourth of July, not Halloween, is approaching.  However, as I walk though the school I’m reminded that this is October. Our school is … Continue reading

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Planning & Prevention Tips for Children with ASD

As discussed in Tuesday’s blog, 50% of children with autism spectrum disorder wander. Today, I encourage you as parents and caregivers to be prepared and establish a plan should this occur with your child. As a parent, you can never … Continue reading

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