Thank You To the Friends Who Have My Son’s Back

In a world full of people who are exclusive, it’s important to thank those who are inclusive and support all children, especially those with special needs.

When Your Child Says He Wants to Die

He’s seven. He stomps down the steps of the school bus carrying an elaborate Styrofoam leprechaun trap. The bright sun and blue skies are in stark contrast to his moody face. His eyes meet mine for a fraction of a second, then he drops the Styrofoam contraption. He rears his head back, throws his smallContinue reading “When Your Child Says He Wants to Die”

Overdosing on Therapy (the real cost behind it)

  It’s been just over a week now since we parted ways with our in-home ABA therapists. I feel like I can breathe again. I have my family back.  I didn’t realize just how toxic the situation had gotten until my husband said the other day, “Do you realize how much calmer you are now?Continue reading “Overdosing on Therapy (the real cost behind it)”

ABA Lessons: Ditch the Bad Therapist

ABA Therapy: Applied Behavioral Analysis (recommended treatment for children with autism) When I first started this particular blog series, I had grand dreams of sharing all sorts of valuable lessons about ABA therapy.  I imagined all of the amazing ideas I would learn about how to work effectively with my three three year-old son diagnosedContinue reading “ABA Lessons: Ditch the Bad Therapist”

ABA Lessons: Extinction Bursts will make you question why you became a parent

ABA Therapy: Applied Behavioral Analysis (recommended treatment for children with autism) A central concept of ABA therapy is that you ignore negative behavior and respond enthusiastically to positive behavior with a reward.  Often, verbal praise and recognition is all that’s needed (at least that’s the end goal).  Naturally, being ignored can be stressful and downrightContinue reading “ABA Lessons: Extinction Bursts will make you question why you became a parent”

ABA Lessons: Don’t be afraid to be that annoying student who has a question for EVERYTHING.

ABA Therapy: Applied Behavioral Analysis (recommended treatment for children with autism) It’s been a month now since we began in-home ABA therapy for our three year-old son diagnosed with high-functioning autism. To say it has been challenging would be a gross understatement. I’ve been uncomfortable for most of these weeks.  I don’t know much aboutContinue reading “ABA Lessons: Don’t be afraid to be that annoying student who has a question for EVERYTHING.”

ABA Lessons: get a big ‘effin paper bag and breathe into it

ABA Therapy: Applied Behavioral Analysis (recommended treatment for children with autism) Read my page on ABA therapy and how it applies to our unique situation. I receive an email from Big C’s ABA Consultant with his upcoming ABA schedule.  It consists of 21 hours a week of in-home therapy. Shit just got real, y’all. AsContinue reading “ABA Lessons: get a big ‘effin paper bag and breathe into it”