Hurricanes and Life Skills

Secure hotel reservation that takes dogs for a week – Check Pack garage with outside furniture and other things that can take flight – Check Throw away food in freezer and Refridgerator – Check Pack what food you can for hotel room – Check Pack DVD player and Disney DVD’s – Check Pack clothes for […]

Autism and Life Skills: Tools Matter!

Have you ever tried to open a jar with all of your might, but you just can’t twist it open? Then you remember that you have this thingy in the drawer that’s supposed to do the job, and presto magic, voila it opens with ease! The right tools for the job matter!   Tools that make […]

Autism and Driving: Does Your Child’s IEP Include the Essentials?

One third of students with autism without intellectual disability earn a driver’s license. Yet, many of these students will never have Transition IEP goals to address all of the life skills needed around driving. Wonder what some of the skills are? How to interact with a police officer. Due to impaired communication abilities, some students […]

It’s ‘Time’ for Good Daily Habits

My dad is nearing 98 years old. He doesn’t get out and about as much as he used to, but he still gets dressed every day as if he had some place important to go. After showering, he puts on his socks followed by his khakis or corduroys. No jeans for this guy, he hasn’t […]

How Do I Keep The Music Playing?

I am proof that we can reinvent ourselves when change comes our way. Ever since I was a little girl, I dreamed of growing up to be a singer, just like my mom. My mom never became famous, but her love for performing lasted her lifetime and brought her tremendous joy. It was her passion. […]

The Making of the Life Skills Lady

My youngest son was three when he was diagnosed with autism. This was in 1997, just before the incidence of autism started its rise. Soon after he became eligible for special education services from my school district. It wasn’t long before I realized that the services weren’t appropriate for him to make progress and requested […]

3 Things You Should Know if Back-to-School Ends Up Back at Your Kitchen Table

I certainly hope this school year can remain in the school building, however there is a chance that back-to-school could end back up at your kitchen table, again. Distance learning proved to be unsuccessful for many students on the autism spectrum last school year. At the same time, with so much time at home,  it’s […]