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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 16: The Importance of Open-Ended, Fantasy, and Creative Play

Amy shares how a screen-free play area filled with open-ended toys can foster creativity and imagination in your child.

Amy shares how a screen-free play area filled with open-ended toys can foster creativity and imagination in your child. Continue reading “Podcast 16: The Importance of Open-Ended, Fantasy, and Creative Play”

A Simple Drawing On a Napkin

Amy shares how drawing simple pictures on the napkin she puts in her son’s lunchbox has helped build his communications skills.

Every day when I’d pick my son up after ABA therapy, no matter what questions I’d ask, I’d get the same answers. Continue reading “A Simple Drawing On a Napkin”

Podcast 15: Your Child’s Strengths

In this episode, Amy shares how she came to realize her son needed to focus on interests and strengths as much as well as overcoming his challenges. She encourages families of children with developmental disabilities, such as ADHD and Autism, to do the same.

In this episode, Amy shares how she came to realize her son needed to focus on interests and strengths as much as well as overcoming his challenges. She encourages families of children with developmental disabilities, such as ADHD and Autism, to do the same.

Continue reading “Podcast 15: Your Child’s Strengths”

Podcast 14: Using Reinforcers to Improve Behaviors

In this episode, Amy shares how using reinforcers can help encourage positive behavior. She talks about the difference between reinforcement and bribery. She then gives practical tips in how you can begin to use reinforcers to help your child overcome challenging behaviors.

In this episode, Amy shares how using reinforcers can help encourage positive behavior. She talks about the difference between reinforcement and bribery. She then gives practical tips on how you can begin to use reinforcers to help your child overcome challenging behaviors. Continue reading “Podcast 14: Using Reinforcers to Improve Behaviors”

It Takes a Village: Get Your Hands Dirty and Build Yours From the Ground Up

Amy shares the Big Abilities first eBook that helps families with children with developmental disabilities build a support system.

ItTakesAVillageNovember 1, 2019,  I will be releasing my first Big Abilities published eBook on Amazon called It Takes a Village: Get Your Hands Dirty and Build Yours From the Ground Up. Continue reading “It Takes a Village: Get Your Hands Dirty and Build Yours From the Ground Up”

How to Have a Social Life When You Have a Child on the Autism Spectrum

Amy shares how her family has gone from struggling to have a social life to now adapting to a social life that works for them. Maybe her tips will help your family, too!

A social life is so important. Lack of one can impact mental health, causing feelings of isolation, loneliness, and depression. Yet, socially is where many parents of children with developmental disabilities, such as ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder, are often impacted. Continue reading “How to Have a Social Life When You Have a Child on the Autism Spectrum”

Big Abilities is Now Featured on Feedspot

I am honored to have the Big Abilities blog now featured on Feedspot and on their Top 50 Autism blogs list. Reaching families that have children with developmental disabilities such as autism is our number one goal. Partnering with Feedspot will help us do just that!  Continue reading “Big Abilities is Now Featured on Feedspot”