Planning & Preparing for Excursions

Using real-world examples, Amy shares tips on how to prepare for a family outing with a child who has ADHD or ASD.

A few days ago we took our 3 1/2 year old son to the North Pole!  Well, not really but he certainly thought we did!  His current favorite movie is the Polar Express. A local train station puts on a holiday Polar Express themed event.  It begins with a live action show inside the station, followed by a very entertaining train ride complete with singers, dancers, and the big man himself, Santa!

My son has ADHD and ASD. As a result, outings for our family require a lot of planning and preparation.  For a long time we didn’t go out often, and that wasn’t good for any of us. It’s important for our family to be able to enjoy events in our community, going out to dinner as a family and visiting parks and zoos.  If you have a child with ASD or ADHD and have had difficulty in the past with family outings, don’t give up!  The following guidelines can help you and your child enjoy these special family moments again! Continue reading “Planning & Preparing for Excursions”

Podcast 1 – At Peace

In this podcast, Amy Nielsen shares the stages she went through when her son received each of his three developmental delay diagnoses from feeling punched in the gut to eventually finding peace.  She also shares how she hopes to help other families of children with developmental delays through her blog and podcast.


Mommy, Cookie Publix, Please!

Amy shares how her son’s mand training in ABA therapy is increasing his independent communication skills.

Yesterday Barclay’s sister and I picked him up from his therapy school.  After he greeted us both with hugs he said, “Mommy, cookie Publix, please!”  Four words!  Four words and a request!  In our world, this is huge!  Of course, my daughter and I took a detour on the way home to our local grocery store, Publix.  At the bakery we were greeted by a smiling employee who let Barclay choose a sprinkle, sugar or chocolate chip cookie.  As shown in the photo above, Barclay always chooses a sprinkle! Continue reading “Mommy, Cookie Publix, Please!”