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 →
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 →
Connect casually with other parents and kids while hiking, building log bridges and forts, puppeteering, or animal watching over drinks and snacks. Dress for some outdoors time with snow and slush! All children must have supervising parent or caregiver. This … 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 →
Connect casually with other parents and kids while hiking, drawing, geocaching, or just chilling. As usual, dress warm for the walk! CEA will have cocoa available along with a snack. All children must have supervising parent or caregiver. This event … Continue reading →
Last week I started us off on my journey through expanding my son’s food choices. Here are the next four tips in my top seven Eating Adventures strategies. Refresh yourself on the first three here! 4) Try again . . … Continue reading →
Parenting a family that includes Siblings of Autism is fraught with doubt, guilt, and, of course, bittersweet moments. Read one parent’s letter to their youngest, neurotypical daughter. Then sign up for our May 15 Lecture Series where we help parents … Continue reading →
Why should you be thinking about literacy when you are still working on daily living skills? How do you engage your toddler in books when he won’t sit still? And, finally, how can you use books as a tool for … Continue reading →
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