Entries by Kathy McClelland

Encouraging Communication Skills in Autistic Children

Strategies and activities to promote communication development in non-verbal or minimally verbal children with autism Communication challenges are a hallmark of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and present hurdles that can hinder social interactions, academic progress, and daily routines. However, within these challenges lie opportunities for growth, understanding, and empowerment. We will dive into what these […]

Understanding IEPs and IEP Meetings

What is an IEP?  An IEP is an Individualized Education Plan that can be implemented in the school setting when/if a child qualifies for one. The IEP is individualized to each child and provides accommodations or modifications to their school day to help them succeed in the classroom setting.   The IDEA (individuals with disabilities education […]

Autism Awareness: 7 Awesome Things About Individuals with Autism

A Parent’s Perspective: Celebrating the Unique and Beautiful Things About Children with Autism April is Autism Awareness Month, a time dedicated to understanding and celebrating the incredible uniqueness of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Often, the conversation around autism focuses on the challenges. However, there’s an incredible array of strengths and awesome traits our […]

Does my child have Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)?

Exploring Sensory Processing in Children with Autism Aisling Hagan, MA, and Clinical Resident at Bright Behavior Inc. Have you ever noticed your child gag when eating certain textures? Or prefer for the lights to be off in the room? Or even cover their ears outside, even though you didn’t hear anything?  Individuals impacted by Sensory […]

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 […]