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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”

The 21st Annual Family Cafe: Connecting Resources to the Special Needs Community

The annual Family Cafe is an event where persons with disabilities and their caregivers can find resources and services as well as an uplifting celebration.

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Each June Orlando hosts the largest cross-disability conference in the state. The Family Café draws over 10,000 special needs attendees and their families each year and includes free admission and parking.  Continue reading “The 21st Annual Family Cafe: Connecting Resources to the Special Needs Community”

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”

Scripting is My Son’s Super Power

Amy shares how her son’s scripted speech has been helpful in him learning to speak and build his memory.

It’s 7:30 am. I am slowly drifting out of a dream.  “Have you seen a boat? A boat, I saw a boat it passed by here not too long ago.  Quick, follow me!”  The chatter goes on for a while.  I open my eyes and chuckle.  From the monitor I hear my son reciting lines from Finding Nemo.  I smile as I listen a few more minutes before crawling out of bed to get him up and ready for the day.

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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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