How I use Minecraft to help kids with autism

The internet can be an ugly place, but you won’t find bullies or trolls on Stuart Duncan’s Minecraft server, AutCraft. Designed for children with autism and their families, AutCraft creates a safe online environment for play and self-expression for kids who sometimes behave a bit differently than their peers (and who might be singled out elsewhere). Learn more about one …

How To Fall Asleep In 1 Minute

Many of us have difficulty falling asleep at night. It’s a common problem, and I personally struggle with it. It’s not that I’m not tired – I am. It’s just really difficult to silence my mind. As I’m trying to sleep, my mind often wanders as I think about countless thoughts. At times, it can take me an hour or …

14 Words to Consider When You Befriend My Son With Autism

Damn social media. I have such a love-hate relationship with it. I love that we can meet in this little community huddled in our very safe, comfortable corner in the internet universe and share our common concerns, triumphs and general bitch sessions. But I hate that social media is a regular reminder of how alone my son is, both in …

3 Ways to Advocate for Your Child During the IEP Meeting

“There is no more powerful advocate for children than a parent armed with information and options.” –Rod Paige Tis the season for chocolate and wine and tears: it’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP) season. That means chocolate and wine is needed to hold back the tears. In the past week, I’ve read at least three social media posts that started something like …