1/20/17

Friday Freebie: Going to a Funeral Social Story


Free social story for children with Autism: Going to a memorial or funeral. This is written to address social behaviors and sights seen as a guest at a funeral or memorial
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Worried about going to a funeral or memorial?

I heard from a friend recently that she had a close friend pass away unexpectedly.  It was quite the shock, and he was the father of her son's best friend.  She was looking for a social story to help him think about what it was going to be like, and how he should act with his friend (daughter of the deceased).

Enter the social story...

This is why I decided to make this social story.  When she originally asked if I had one, I wished I could have said yes.  I realized this would be an incredibly helpful thing for our little ones who already struggle with big changes.  This being the case, I wanted to make it available free to all of my subscribers!

If you know anyone in this situation, concerned about behaviors & a sense of understanding as far as funerals and memorials go, please send them a link to this post.

Click here to go to the freebies page

How to Print

After downloading this story and unlocking it with your password, print the PDF double sided, flipping on the long edge.  This will allow it to fold up like a booklet.  If you prefer to cut and staple, print single sided, cut papers into half sheets, and staple.

Thanks for sharing!
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1/18/17

10 Things I wish I knew as New Special Needs Mom

10 Things I wish I knew as a new Special Needs mom.


When the diagnosis comes, and your world changes...


I've been there too.  Even though I had a sense of certainty that my son would have Autism, when he was born I allowed a little part of myself to hope that I was just overthinking things. Nagging little red flags that made me wonder continued to be dismissed.  However, the feeling thoroughly twisting my insides never dissipated.  Many google searches later, when my son was 13 months old, I called my mom.  

She was always the one to convince me that every was fine.  This time was different.  There was a brief silence after I spoke out my deepest fear.  That silence swiftly crushed my hope.  "I think you are right.  I was thinking the same thing on your last visit, your sister was too.  We were going to talk to you on your next visit if you didn't say anything before then."  The flood gates burst opened.  

I spent the next two straight days crying my eyes out.  Knowing my mom and sister could also plainly see it somehow made it more real.  Immediately facing a fact that will change your family's lives in unknown ways is beyond overwhelming.  Don't beat yourself up for these feelings.  I am going to share with you the lessons I've learned over the last 9 years, hoping it makes your journey a bit easier.

10 Things to know as a new Special Needs Mom

1/6/17

Friday Freebie: "Things to know about: __________" at-a-glance information about your child.

Leaving your kids in the care of others

Have you ever had a hard time leaving your kids with sitters, gym day cares, Sunday school teachers?  Trying to explain their diagnosis, or how to manage their behaviors, etc...  If you manage to remember everything you meant to say, will they even remember any of it when the chaos strikes?  It can be frustrating for you, your child, and the person left in charge.

12/28/16

Why we decided to homeschool our child with High Functioning Autism

When your child isn't average...

School might not look very average either.  If you sift through some older posts, you can see the beginning of our journey up through now.  I strongly suspected my son had Autism, but hoped against hope that I was wrong.  We started with feeding speech therapy before moving into Early Intervention with an Occupational therapist.  Our next move brought us from Occupational therapy to Applied Behavioral Analysis. 

Aging out of Early Intervention, at age 3, meant we would need to be included in Public Pre-k, or wait 2 more years (without services) hoping there were no regressions.  Being accepted into special education was a hard fought battle.  When you have a child with High Functioning Autism, they tend to not qualify academically, or even under the autism diagnosis.

12/21/16

Introducing subscriber freebies!

Introducing Subscriber Freebies

I'm excited to announce I've finally gotten to adding my first little bit of subscribing freebies. There will be more to come in the next month or so; check back here or keep your eyes peeled for the newsletter.

I created an editable meal calendar with Pinterest links to some of the recipes.  This should same you time wondering what to make, extra trips to the grocery store, and may help you to try new things!