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Category: Outside-the-Box Kids

How to Foster Independence in Your Kids with Zone Work

If you have children with special needs, there’s no doubt you’ve heard the term “life skills” and have been told how important it is to foster independence in your kids. Although I firmly believe that relationship must come before this, we are now at a point in our therapy where we can focus more…

Speech Therapy on a Shoestring Budget

When our son was first diagnosed with autism, speech therapy was the very first therapy we approached. We began our autism journey in the school system so we took what was offered to us. We were given two thirty minute sessions a week; one of those sessions was group therapy and one was one-on-one. The therapy just didn…

What is the Son-Rise Program®?

Disclaimer: this is not a sponsored post on the Son-Rise Program®. I am writing to educate parents because this program has sincerely changed our lives and the hope we have for our kids on the spectrum. If you’ve been around the blog for a while, you’ve heard me talk about the Son-Rise Program® more…

10-Day Detox for Autism & ADHD

I could feel it coming. We had visitors in town, the twins had two birthday parties, and then Valentine’s day came. All of this celebration led to a gross overindulgence of sugar and screens. By Valentine’s Day, we were cranky, wired, over-tired, undernourished, overstimulated and sliding frantically down a slippery slope. Screens and sugar &#8211…

15 Activities to Keep Kids’ Hands Busy During Read-Aloud Time

Read-aloud time. It’s a desire on the checklist of every homeschool mom. We know it’s important and we love to do it but these kids are just so wiggly sometimes we have to wonder if we’re doing it “right.” Do you want to know the trick to a successful read-aloud…

Top 10 Posts of 2016

Here it is again…the beginning of a new year. I thought I would kick off the year by sharing the top 10 posts of 2016! New Years is one of my favorite holidays for the same reason Mondays are my favorite day of the week (I know…I’m probably the only one!). I love them…

Our Favorite “Special Needs Friendly” Curriculum

We have been homeschooling on and off for about five years now and although I love to search the Internet for a new special needs friendly curriculum, I have definitely settled on a few favorites. These are my go-to curriculums when I am planning our year or refining our term; I am pretty sure when it comes to certain…

Is Santa Real?: When Kids Pop the Question

One night at bedtime, my very literal and incredulous (then) five-year-old, popped the question: “Santa’s not real, right?” We’d been in a pattern for a few months of him fact-checking me: “Are superheroes real?” “No. But there are real everyday heroes like daddy, who was a Marine, and…

Silent Reading for Early Elementary

When I was in sixth grade, my favorite time of day was silent reading. I was always an avid reader and there was something so tranquil about an entire classroom of rowdy kids falling hush for half an hour while I poured into a book. Sounds pleasant, doesn’t it? Now imagine this is your house. One reality of…

Are You Missing Something Crucial in Your Homeschool?: A Look at Family Time Fitness & a Giveaway

I received a complimentary year of Family Time Fitness Fitness 4 HomeschoolTM in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Please read my disclaimer in the footer for more information. I am not exactly what you would call…athletic. It’s not that I don’t want to be – I would love to be that person who…

Record Keeping When Your Child Has Autism

It’s the end of the school year and if you’re like us you are already out of school. The end of the year means memories, traditions and lots and lots of paper…especially when your child has autism. Record keeping can be overwhelming for any parent but when your child’s life includes therapists…

What is Autism? A Peek at Both Sides of the Spectrum

Autism is a buzz word, for sure, but what is autism, actually? I will try to give you a compact answer to a very complex subject. Please remember this is my personal answer based on years of collective information. I will also differentiate classic autism from Asperger’s. Autism is a social-relatinal disorder…not a behavioral disorder. People…

Why “All About Reading” Really is All That

I received a complimentary level of All About Reading in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Please read my disclaimer in the footer for more information. I adore reading. It’s not just a pastime in our home…more like an obsession. Books can be found in every room of the house. One of…

How to Get Your Child to do Something He Doesn’t Want to Do

“I don’t want to go to school!” And he meant it. Many kids will be apprehensive about trying something new or doing an undesirable activity, but it seems that for children with autism – where the world is very black and white – it is near impossible to get them to change their minds. So just…

Meeting Charlotte Mason: Living Books

I was a fan of living books before I even knew what they were. …a child at a garage sale, flipping through yellowed pages for a treasure. …a school girl in my history books, craving the real story behind the dates. …a college kid, unable to resell my books because they were just too good (One of…

How to Plan for Family Pictures with Young Children

Ahhh…Family Pictures. Family Pictures…with children… Not such a serene thought, right? Family pictures with young children do not have to be a disaster. There are two key ways to preventing that they are… Preparation & Expectation. I am forever grateful to Kristen at Capturing Joy for writing this post that helped us plan our…

Meeting Charlotte Mason: What is Twaddle?

Of my Charlotte Mason journey so far, this is hands down my husband’s favorite part… Twaddle. Not so much the meaning, but the words itself…it sounds like a bodily function to me and apparently to him, as well. It’s fun to say but what in the world does it mean? Simply Charlotte Mason…

Meeting Charlotte Mason: A Lifestyle, Not Just a Philosophy

I’m so enamored I can hardly sit still or think about anything else. I find myself sneaking away to read a few paragraphs from her books and aligning my life with her ideas. Reading her has re-awoken my standards. Not in a distorted, idolizing way – but in a motivated way. It’s been one of…

What is the Best Homeschool Approach for a Child with Autism?

I’ve just finished my series, Autism: Diagnosis, Resources & Therapies. In Step 7, I discussed how to choose the right education for your child with autism. If you chose homeschool, this post is for you. There are six main homeschool approaches – or “styles” – out there. I’m going to very briefly touch on…

How to Love Math: A Look at Math-U-See & a Giveaway

I received a complimentary level of Math-U-See in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Please read my disclaimer in the footer for more information. I grew up hating math. See, I was always the kid who was really great at writing, reading and english but not so great at math and science. I quickly…