The Vestibular System: The Seventh Sense and Autism

As a child you were taught the 5 senses: sight, taste, smell, touch and hearing.  But did  you know there are actually 8?  The other 3 lesser known senses are the proprioceptive sense, vestibular sense and interoceptive sense.  (Click here to read my blog “The Interoceptive System:  The Eighth Sense and Autism)  In this blog we will discuss the vestibular sense and it’s role in those impacted with Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as Sensory Processing Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, language delays or other developmental disabilities. Continue reading “The Vestibular System: The Seventh Sense and Autism”

Podcast 04: Defining Your New Norm

Amy shares how having a child with a developmental disability, such as ADHD or Autism, means that you more than likely will have to redefine what normal looks like for you family.

A Christmas Meltdown Turns Into Christmas Miracle

Amy shares how a holiday meltdown turned into a holiday miracle.

Christmas came and went.  It was a little overwhelming for my ADHD/ASD child.  He is 3 1/2 and it took him a while to understand that gifts were for opening.  He’d open one and just want to play with it.  Then once he understood the concept it was as if he had to open every gift in overdrive.  It was chaotic at times.  He is used to not having access to many toys as we keep them in bins in a closet.  We attempt the one bin in, one bin out rule.  So having toys everywhere for a few days did dysregulate him.  However, had a little dysregulation been our only holiday challenge, we could have easily managed that.  What happened to my son over the holiday was nothing short of a complete meltdown.  Thank goodness, we figured out why. Continue reading “A Christmas Meltdown Turns Into Christmas Miracle”

A Letter of Thanks to My Son’s Autism Center

Amy shares a letter she wrote to thank the center where her son attends Applied Behavior Analysis therapy in hopes that parents of children with ASD will be more open to considering ABA therapy for their child.

December 17, 2018

To the Faculty & Staff of Applied Behavior Center for Autism,

When I got the call from the preschool where my son was attending and was told they couldn’t meet his needs anymore, I was devasted. At that point, he had been diagnosed with Childhood Apraxia of Speech and ADHD. I knew he had learning differences, but I didn’t realize it meant he couldn’t be successful with his same age peers. As tough as it was to get that call, I now see it was a blessing because it brought us to Applied Behavior Center. Continue reading “A Letter of Thanks to My Son’s Autism Center”

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!”

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

Amy shares how important it is for families of special needs children to have a support system and offers practical tips on how to accomplish this.

Raising a child with developmental disabilities is often overwhelming for parents and they need all the help they can get.  I know.  I am one of them. Continue reading “It Takes a Village: Get Your Hands Dirty and Build It From the Ground Up”

Using ABA Strategies at Home: Part 2 – Analyzing the Data


In Part 1, I walked you through how to collect ABC data for the purpose of replacing undesired behaviors with desired behaviors.  Now that you have the data, let’s do something with it! Continue reading “Using ABA Strategies at Home: Part 2 – Analyzing the Data”