Entries by Kathy McClelland

Holiday Planning that Makes Room for Autism

A Parent’s Perspective: No more holiday stress The holiday season is supposed to be a time of joy, celebration, and togetherness. However, for parents and caregivers of children with autism, it can also bring unique challenges as well as full-on stress. I think the pressures of the holiday season make special needs parenting ten times […]

Does My Child Have Autism?

A Parent’s Perspective: How to get an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis As a parent, you know your child better than anyone else. Yet your proximity to them may limit your ability to have an unbiased opinion of their development. If you suspect your child has autism, it can become a mind game of talking […]

Nurturing Special Needs Sibling Bonds: Keys for a Strong and Supportive Relationship

A Parent’s Perspective: Sibling Relationships If you are a parent or caregiver of a child with autism, you understand the unique challenges and joys of raising a child with different abilities. One of the most worrisome aspects of parenting a child with autism may be how it affects their typically developing sibling(s). Nurturing this relationship […]

Creating an Autism-Friendly Home

A Parent Perspective: Incorporating ABA Into Your Home Environment Scrolling through social media one day, this post completely captured my feelings of home:  I love my home. I love being at home. And I love inviting people over to my home. It’s literally my favorite place to be. It reflects my personality, my priories, and […]

How to Practice ABA Skills at Home

I can’t wait to get home and work on everything my child learned in therapy! Said no mother ever.  Therapy is not just hard work for my kid; it’s hard work for me. I know a consistent approach is essential to the transference of skills and extinguishing harmful behaviors. But it’s not always fun or […]