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.

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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.

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Helpful Tools for Families of Children with Special Needs

Mississippi Center for Autism and Related Developmental Disabilities 2019 Annual Fund Raising Event

Amy shares a summary of the Mississippi Center for Autism and Related Developmental Disabilities’ annual fundraising event.

This year I had the privilege of attending and speaking at the Mississippi Center for Autism and Related Developmental Disabilities’ (mscentersforautism.org) 2019 annual fundraising event. Continue reading “Mississippi Center for Autism and Related Developmental Disabilities 2019 Annual Fund Raising Event”

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 breathe, even though it’s 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 04: Defining Your New Norm

In this episode, 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 your family.

In this episode, 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 your family.