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.
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.
Amy shares a genetic test her son with ADHD and ASD had done by his developmental pediatrician and how the results have helped shape her son’s treatment. (Originally written December 2018. Updated September 2019 with new information.)
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 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. Our family needs 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”