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The Golden Hat: Talking Back To Autism

Posted on: March 16th, 2012 2 Comments

I can’t wait!  The Golden Hat: Talking Back To Autism will be released March 27, 2012.  Kate Winslet and Margaret Ericsdottir have collaborated on this intimate look at life with a child who has nonverbal autism, Margaret’s son Keli.

Kate has shared their story with friends, asking the question: “What is important to you to express?”  The book showcases responses from celebrities like Christina Aguilera, Michael Phelps, Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks to name a few.

All of the book’s proceeds will benefit the authors’ Golden Hat Foundation.  The foundation builds innovative living campuses for people with autism and raises awareness of their intellectual capabilities.

The Golden Hat: Talking Back To Autism

Light It Up Blue For Autism

Posted on: March 12th, 2012 No Comments

Autism Speaks invites you to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day on April 2nd.   Participate in their Light It Up Blue day to shine a light on autism.  Light It Up Blue is a global initiative to raise awareness about the growing prevalence of autism.  Iconic world landmarks will Light It Up Blue to show their support.  Follow this link for pictures of past events and to register.


Whether it’s your front porch, a neighborhood business, or a local landmark, join the world in going blue to increase awareness about autism!

Differently-abled Children and Nature Deficit

Posted on: March 9th, 2012 No Comments

For parents of a differently-abled child, especially with a diagnosis such as autism, allowing our children to play outside can be stressful. In light of the risk of wandering, lack of communication, and hyperactivity or aggressive factors, parents sometimes feel that simply educating and entertaining our differently-abled children indoors is safer and better for everyone. This is simply not the case overall, however. Children need to be allowed to reap the emotional, mental and physical benefits of nature. Sedentary lifestyles for our children can promote obesity, encourage lethargy, discourage creativity and, in some cases, even potentially cause depression. Read More…

Autistic Children, Fine Motor Skills and Independence

Posted on: February 17th, 2012

Parents strive diligently to give their children “wings and a compass” – the gifts of independence and life direction.  Parents of children with autism are no different.  However, they also recognize that their children will experience developmental delays and skill deficits that make uncertain the degree of independence that their child is capable of reaching. Read More…

Children and Fine Motor Skills

Posted on: February 15th, 2012 No Comments

Happy First Birthday, Baby!  Your baby’s work on her fine motor skills is really paying off now.  She can pick up and hold her toys (and other “stuff” that you rather she wouldn’t).  She enjoys turning the pages of her board books while you are reading to her.  Stacking cups present her fun and interesting challenges. Read More…

Advice for Parents

Posted on: January 31st, 2012 No Comments


Its All in the Details

Posted on: January 24th, 2012 No Comments

Fine motor development refers to baby’s ability to use the smaller muscles in his hands and feet.  Fine motor skills grow simultaneously with gross motor development.  For example, while he learns how to use the bigger arm muscles to reach for a favorite toy, he is also learns how to use the smaller hand muscles to grasp it.  You may notice that while he pumps his legs (large muscle group) he is also spreading his toes (small muscle group). Read More…

Help for Children with Autism and Food Allergies

Posted on: January 19th, 2012 No Comments

Parents of children with autism and other disabilities quickly discover that traditional wisdom with regard to education, medicine, diet and nutrition does not necessary work well for them.  They search for and are more willing to try less mainstream alternatives in the hope that their children may be helped.  Consequently, food allergies and their affect on childhood development and behavior have become a growing interest. Read More…

Welcome to Toddlerhood – Part 2

Posted on: January 12th, 2012 1 Comment

They say that you have to learn to walk before you can run.  I would suggest that children with autism need to learn how to stand first.  Holding Mom or Dad’s hands while they help raise and lower her can be a fun game for baby and a great opportunity for lots of positive reinforcement.  As an added bonus, those large muscle groups will be growing stronger and she will learn some of the motor planning necessary to stand.  Read More…

Welcome to Todderhood – Part 1

Posted on: January 11th, 2012 No Comments

Today we’re going to talk about baby’s gross motor skill development between 12 and 18 months of age.  He has mastered creeping and crawling and graduated to furniture cruising.  His strength, coordination and balance grow daily.  Now, he begins to take those first shaky steps toward independent mobility!  He occasionally will fall as he practices his walking skills.  And, at times he may revert to crawling if he feels that is a more efficient way to reach his goals.  But, walking has opened up the world to him and he will be eager to experience it. Read More…

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