Category: Autism

How My Son With Autism Has Changed Me

  The other day I was talking to a complete stranger at my son’s summer camp’s bus stop. We chatted like old friends. There is something that bonds us all together… the experiences, the pain, the joy, and the lessons. There is so much to share. We finally parted, promising a lunch date along with some spa time… knowing well, …

Adult with Autism Shines in Music Therapy

What does Music Therapy look like with adults with Developmental Disabilities (DD) and Acquired Brain Injuries (ABI)? A music therapy session typically starts off with a greeting song that acts as a transition into the session. After this song the music therapist leads a series of musical activities that are tailored to the individual’s needs. The following goals are addressed …

Helping My Son With Autism Pick Out His Halloween Costume

As the parent of a child with autism, there are things I just don’t experience the same way the parent of a neurotypical child might, and it can be disheartening. Though guilt rises up in me admitting this, when approaching some situations, I’ve asked myself, “What’s the point?” In May, my husband and I had plans to take our son, who’s on the autism …

How to Deal With Autistic Tantrums

Caring for a child with autism is definitely a challenge. In addition to dealing with social and communication barriers, these children often will throw tantrums, even if they seem older than the typical tantrum-throwing age. While you can’t always prevent these tantrums, you can equip yourself so that you are better prepared to handle them. Make sure to be sensitive …

‘My Son Has Autism and a Purposeful Life’

Thanks to early intervention and one determined mom, this young boy with autism is now a 24-year-old who surfs, cooks, paints and works at a resort. It was the early 1990s, and architect-turned-flight attendant Rachel Fernandez was preparing to move to Switzerland with her husband, banker Keith Harrison, and their two children at the time, Alexander and Julyan. Before making …