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Bigger than Barclay

Amy Nielsen shares what inspired her to start the blog “Big Abilities” and explains her hope to help shift the mindset in families who have children with developmental disabilities to focusing on their child’s strengths in addition to their struggles.

Bigger Than BarclayWhat if all day, every day you were forced to focus on what you struggle with?  What if you had to spend hours and hours trying to get better at something you have no interest in?  What if the people around you were continuously talking about your weaknesses?  Unfortunately, this is the space where so many children with developmental disabilities live. Continue reading “Bigger than Barclay”

Podcast 09: Self Care with Bethanne Weiss aka the Asset Queen

Amy talks with Bethanne Weiss, author of Move Your Assets From the Chair Not the Bank, about the importance of self care for parents of special needs children.

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Please Don’t Minimize My Son’s Autism

Amy shares how minimizing autism strips away the hard work that a person with autism must go through on a daily basis.

My son is four and has Autism Spectrum Disorder and ADHD.  We are finally in a place where we can breath, even though its often very quick, shallow breaths.  The first two years were rough.  Looking back most of it is blurry and hard to recall.  The mind has a kind way of often smearing our most difficult experiences. Continue reading “Please Don’t Minimize My Son’s Autism”

Podcast 08: The Resources Won’t Come to You: How to Take the Initiative to Find the Resources Your Child Needs

In this episode, Amy shares steps you can take to be sure you are finding the best resources for your child.

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To My New Insurance Company From a Mother of a Son with Autism

Until you really NEED your insurance, it’s just kind of there.  For the last several years of my adult life my insurance was just kind of simmering on the back burner.  I neither loathed it or appreciated it very much.  Now, as a mother of a child with autism, I do both.

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How to Have a Successful Birthday Party for a Kids on the Autism Spectrum

Amy share some practical tips in how to have a successful and stress-free birthday party for a child with autism.

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Podcast 07: Red Flags of Autism with Bobbi Barber

In this episode, Amy interviews Bobbi Barber, co-founder of ABC for Autism and author of the book Autism, Adolescence and Adulthood about the red flags of autism, why a diagnosis is so important and what course of action to take if your child does receive an autism diagnosis.

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