Dr. Temple Grandin

Today my son Travis and I spent time at the Autism Research Fair in Fort Collins Colorado.  It was a great event and was very well organized.  We were able to get information about many subjects & services available affecting families and individuals on the Autism Spectrum. AND … It was, as always, great to […]

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Autism Resource Fair

I just came from the Northern Colorado Autism Resource Fair in Fort Collins, CO. WOW … great people and great resources available.  The crowd was very well spaced through out the event, which allowed everyone time to get to each station as well as have time to engage and discuss. I got lots of great information […]

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Autism Awareness Month … thoughts & observations

Again this  year, I’ve been bombarded by questions from friends and strangers alike.  One thing I’ve heard a couple times is that Autism Awareness Month is something to be “done away with” or is ‘useless’. Someone I’ve had interactions with on several occasions because we both have kiddos on the spectrum actually said to me that she […]

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Overheard at Bookstore….

So how do you act and/or react when you hear something so egregious that your jaw literally drops open ? Overheard:  “….I used to teach re*@*rds….I understand we’re supposed to feel sorry for them …. but they always seem so happy, it’s hard to keep feeling sorry for them ….” WHAT ??!!?? Did I really just hear that ? How […]

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What Does Autism Feel Like ?

Imagine what life feels like; looks like; sounds like without the filters we instinctively use to sort out the “important stuff” of daily life… Lets do a little experiment: Find a busy place to sit down (in a shopping mall, for example). Sit. Get out a pen/pencil and a couple pieces of paper. Set the […]

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Airplane Travel with My Autistic Child

YAY !!  My favorite 2 subjects !!!  As a Flight Attendant with a major US carrier for 25+ years, I’ve got some knowledge, tips & tricks for you !!!! Let’s start with — Take a deep breath …. you’ve GOT this !! Now days, it’s much easier than it ever was before to travel with your Autistic […]

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Staying in a Hotel with an Autistic Child

DON’T panic !!! You CAN do this ….. Let’s start with the obvious …. take the snuggle/lovey …. but also consider taking the pillow – or at least the pillow cover.  It might not be the same pillow, but it will smell like home/safety/relaxation. If your child is super sensitive to textures/fabrics (hotel sheets are […]

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Traveling with my Autistic Child

 Learn what comforts your child in stressful situations, (make it as portable as possible) …… adapt & accept it  (and ALWAYS make sure it’s with you – even when told they don’t want it “this time”- trust me on this one !)   In the beginning, it was his “blankies”.  I made these incredible super soft flannel blankets (several, […]

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Driving: Uh-Oh, pulled over !

So my son finally got his permit (he’s almost 20) and that seems to be enough for now.  I ask him everyday if he wants to practice … he always says no.  The few times we’ve driven have pretty much been around the block. My dad had a dream last night & it so impressed […]

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Advice with a young Autistic Child ?

I got some really great advice a long time ago in a supermarket…. Travis  (my autistic son) was in the seat in the basket & my baby (Harrison) was in the infant carrier inside the basket (taking up the whole basket).  Harrison had things stuffed in all the spots around his carrier and was starting to fuss a bit.  Travis […]

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