Staying the Course

As a consultant to families I get to celebrate the highs with them, as well as support them through the lows. When families experience periods of difficulty or setback I often find myself telling them that autism is tough, but they are tougher. They have to be. Autism is hard and change usually doesn’t come …


Happy feeding!

So Sarah, Nicole and I are at a feeding conference today, tomorrow and Saturday. What a great experience so far. We are all really excited by how much it coincides with the philosophy of RDI. The technique is grounded in typical development which completely aligns with RDI. This program also requires participation by parents and …


Learned Helplessness

One of the concepts we talk about frequently with families is “guided participation”, also referred to as the “master-apprentice” relationship that should exist between parents and their children. We want all children to be apprentices to their parents, to actively participate in life activities under the guidance of their parents. As parents we should always …


Better late than never

I usually post on Fridays first thing in the morning. Well, today (actually this whole week) has been a blur. I was sick early in the week so the end of the week was catching up on everything. We are also in the middle of a lot of big projects right now and I wanted …


Survey Update

Ok – there is no way after yesterday’s post that I can top it with a quote to inspire you. So, I thought I’d give you all an update on how our survey is going. Since word got out about our survey around noon on Wednesday we’ve had a tremendous reply. I have the privilege …