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”

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3 Tips for Increasing Compliance in Children on the Autism Spectrum

Children with developmental disabilities, such as autism, often struggle to comply with the many requests of parents, educators and other caregivers.  This can make everyday activities and routines challenging.  Fortunately, there are simple strategies that will greatly improve the child’s ability and willingness to comply. Continue reading “3 Tips for Increasing Compliance in Children on the Autism Spectrum”

Podcast 13: TV, Toys & Cognitive Development (Part 1 of 2: Part 2 will be How to Use Open-Ended Toys to Foster Creative and Fantasy Play)

In this episode, Amy shares how parents can turn sedentary screen time into an interactive and engaging experience.

In this episode, Amy shares how parents can turn sedentary screen time into an interactive and engaging experience.

Part 1 of a 2 part series.  Part 2, will be on the importance of also taking the time to put the screens away and use open-ended toys to foster creative and fantasy play.

Continue reading “Podcast 13: TV, Toys & Cognitive Development (Part 1 of 2: Part 2 will be How to Use Open-Ended Toys to Foster Creative and Fantasy Play)”

Podcast 12: Autism and Rigid Routines

Amy shares some reasons why children with autism spectrum disorder can become very rigid and non-flexible with routines and then offers some strategies for helping them cope when those routines become disrupted.

Continue reading “Podcast 12: Autism and Rigid Routines”

How Choices Can Increase Compliance

Amy shares an article she wrote for National Autism Resources on ways to use choices to increase compliance in children with autism.

I was honored to have National Autism Resources reach out to me and ask me to write an article for their blog.  If you want more information about how to effectively use choices to increase compliance click to the link below for some great tips!

How Choices Can Increase Compliance – National Autism Resources

Autism: One Bad Morning

Amy shares a story of a Sunday morning meltdown her son with autism had and how reflecting on that meltdown helped her realize he still has more good days than bad.

My 4-year-old son is on the autism spectrum. I write about autism a lot!  I normally keep my pieces uplifting, resourceful, and strategy based.  But not this one. Continue reading “Autism: One Bad Morning”

Helpful Tools for Families of Children with Special Needs

As a freelance writer for Playground Magazine, I do my best to write articles that reach families of children with special needs, like my own.  My most recent article highlights 5 of the best resources available for families in the Central Florida area.

Click below to check it out!

Helpful Tools for Families of Children with Special Needs