I started a new ritual in March of this year. Every Sunday, I delete the events, appointments, and activities on our calendar; as yet again in-person classes, workshops, and enrichment options for my kids get cancelled. This delete-as-we-go ritual became particularly hard as we moved into summer. Summer camp? Gone. Trips? Canceled. Tennis, swimming lessons, music, and Ultimate Frisbee? Not happening.
As I watch the summer stretch ahead of us unfilled and endless, I have discovered a few options that just may get us through the next few months. Continue reading →
Monday was the first day of summer “vacation” in our home. While I’d spent hours upon hours many months ago designing the perfect schedule for our family – robust with inspirational and varied opportunities for my kids – I neglected … Continue reading →
We are in unprecedented times with this distance learning while [circle all that apply: working; cooking; caring for young, old and in-between; caring for oneself; struggling emotionally; teaching multiple kids multiple ways; struggling financially; grocery shopping; cleaning; disinfecting knobs and … Continue reading →
Episode 12 comes to you during a challenging time for all of us in this COVID-19 pandemic. Tera and Beth acknowledge the brain fog, fatigue, intensity, and interruptions that are weighing on us all. We have slowed down and are … Continue reading →
Today we step into April, Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month. This is certainly not the way many of us pictured it, but humor and creativity can help us adapt to this COVID-19 reality. In this spirit, CEA is celebrating in … Continue reading →
There they go. And here we are. It’s the first day of school. The build-up began months ago when the big yellow pencils were hung above the “Back to School” aisle. The supply lists, the bus schedules, and the open … Continue reading →
In thinking ahead about this Thursday’s event: The Magic of Play, I’ve been reflecting on how play has shaped my relationship with my son on the spectrum. When he was a toddler, cause-and-effect toys were a delight—the delicious anticipation of … Continue reading →
During this month of autism awareness and acceptance, we are excited to announce our freshest new endeavor: The Oxygen Mask Podcast. A collaboration between CEA’s Executive Director, Beth Dierker, and Tera Girardin, author & photographer of “Faces of Autism,” the … Continue reading →
In my last post, I shared research findings on two stress interventions for special needs parents that proved effective. One was a mindfulness program and the other a program based in positive psychology. I summarized the findings about the stress … Continue reading →
We’d like to share some additional details and tools for those who couldn’t come to our November 27th event on healthy relationships and sexuality with Katie Thune. Our discussions surfaced a gap between people’s own experiences with sex ed growing up and … Continue reading →
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