When I was pregnant with my first child, I read every pregnancy and parenting book I could get my hands on. Yes, I did say “get my hands on.” Seventeen years ago, the Internet was still relatively unknown to me, and Nooks and Kindles had not been invented. It was still a time when people bought books in a store and not online, and we actually had to turn the pages of the … [Read more...] about When Unexpected Things Happen, We Need To Adjust
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In my last blog, I discussed a few situations where our child with autism had trouble with the unexpected. I explained how he would tell us that something was unexpected and we would talk to him and usually get him to try things. Should we practice the unexpected? I also mentioned in my last blog that our kids sometimes adore their routines and schedules. They are comforting to … [Read more...] about How Do Children with Autism Deal With the Unexpected? Part 2
This blog may be more appropriate for older children with autism and/or those children with the ability to communicate. And, not only communicate, but do it very well. How do children with autism deal with the unexpected? The reason why I’m aiming this blog toward older children (5 years and older) is because when our kids get older, they sometimes get used to their routines. … [Read more...] about How Do Children with Autism Deal With the Unexpected? Part 1
It was exactly six years ago this week that I wrote a column about how my baby was turning one. Here I am writing about how this week he will be turning seven. My baby is going to be seven. How did that happen? He was an unexpected surprise; I thought my life was complete with five children. What I have learned from the moment Finn was born is how … [Read more...] about Our Unexpected Blessing is Turning 7!
If the current obesity trends do not change, 1 in 3 American adults will have diabetes by 2050, according to a CDC report released Friday. Currently, 1 in every 10 Americans has diabetes -- that's about 23.6 million people in the U.S. The disease is the top cause of blindness, lower limb amputations, heart attack, stroke, dementia and cancer, said Ann Albright, director … [Read more...] about Diabetes Number Expected to Triple by 2050