Do you know someone who loves whales? Or ceiling fans? Or elevators? Most of us do know learners with specific interests. Often, however, these favorites of students with autism are not celebrated but seen as annoying, problematic or in need … Continue reading →
Big Autism Read (January) – “Just Give Him the Whale!” Join our virtual discussion group for parents and educators on using passions and strengths to support students with autism on January 9. Continue reading →
Another Big Autism Read – “Just Give Him the Whale!” by Patrick Schwartz and Paula Kluth. Virtual discussion group for parents and educators on using passions and strengths to support students with autism Continue reading →
Thank you for making Ale for Autism 2020 a success! October’s COVID-adapted experiment in giving raised nearly $2,000. We couldn’t have done it without our sponsoring breweries – Pryes Brewing and Lake Monster Brewing! These funds will help CEA grow … Continue reading →
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 →
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