Tag: Autism

20 Best Toys for Kids on the Autism Spectrum

One of the most frequent questions I get from parents and family members of my clients is “What toys should I buy?” And in some instances, I enter a home and see very few toys because parents have not had success with introducing toys and play to their child with autism. Providing toys and opportunity to play is important because children learn very valuable and fundamental skills through play. These skills often go unlearned by kids with autism because play does not always come naturally to them.

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6 Keys to Successful Family Gatherings with Kids on the Autism Spectrum

A family gathering can often be a stressful event for both kids on the autism spectrum and their parents. Birthday parties, family barbecues, and holiday gatherings are all stressful events for families with a child on the Autism Spectrum. Things such as changes in schedule, possible breaches in restrictive diets, unpredictable environments, and misunderstanding family members are just some of the reasons that may lead you to consider skipping the next family event.

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Setting Limits with Favorite Things and Activities for Kids on the Autism Spectrum

Parents of kids with autism often struggle to balance embracing their child's specific interest with exposing them to new experiences in life and play. The key word here is balance. As human beings, we all have a right to engage in activities that are fun and exciting to us. If your child has highly specific and limited interests they deserve respect and love in the form of  time to do whatever it is that makes them happy, as long as they are not hurting themselves or others. 

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Welcome to Thrive on the Spectrum!

I am so excited to share this space with you and your family! Thrive on the Spectrum is a space where I share my expertise and experience in psychology, special education, teaching, and working as a behavior therapist with parents and families of children on the autism spectrum. My mission is to help people on the autism spectrum thrive and I believe that informed, empowered, and involved parents are a crucial part of every child’s success.

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