Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Moving With Your Special-Needs Child - 15 Ways to Ease the Transition

Moving With Your Special-Needs Child - 15 Ways to Ease the Transition
Written by Krystyann Krywko, Ed.D.;

It is estimated that 1 out of 5 families move every year; which means that for many families, the early weeks of summer are often filled with packing boxes, contacting new schools and finding new dentists. While transitioning to a new neighborhood or town can bring an assortment of stresses, this stress can be amplified when a family moves with a special-needs child. Routines, therapies and support networks can be disrupted and the entire family can feel on edge. Whether this is your first move or you are a seasoned veteran, the following tips will steer you and your family on the path to a smoother transition:

Keep them involved – As a parent, you know what your child can handle emotionally. While taking a child house hunting might work in some families, for others, it makes sense to wait. “Our children are visual learners,“ says Sharla Jordan, mother of six boys (four with special needs), “so once we had a contract to buy our new home, I drew out a sketch of the floor plan and explained where their bedrooms would be and where their toys would go. This really helped reduce anxiety.”

Read more of the Article here

Calgary's Child Magazine

(I am glad to see the author used all my suggestion in her article)

Monday, April 23, 2012

Autism Coming of Age Film Screening

Autism Coming of Age
Film Screening and Discussion


Free Movie in American Fork

Wednesday, April 25
120 West Main, American Fork, UT
4:00 - 6:30 pm
April is 
Autism Awareness Month! As always, anyone who would like to attend a free movie sponsored by Eaton Alliance is invited. Please come out and show your support! We will be watching Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

Monday, April 16, 2012

Autism Brain Research

Autism Research Unraveling Mysteries - April 9, 2012

"Research suggests the brains of autistic children may indeed be "wired" differently "right from the beginning," Paterson says. A popular theory among researchers holds that autistic people have an abundance of "local connections," in one specific part of the brain, but not enough "long-distance connections" to coordinate complex tasks among various parts of the brain, such as interpreting emotions, says Geraldine Dawson, chief science officer for the advocacy group Autism Speaks.

"The changes lie not in the brain cells themselves but in the pathways that transmit messages between brain regions, Paterson says.
"These pathways aren't visible to the naked eye. But scientists can get a sense of these bundles of nerve fibers with technology that traces the path of water through the brain.

"Structural changes in these fiber tracts are evident in the brains of children later diagnosed with autism, even as young as 6 months old."

The Arizona Republic

Friday, April 13, 2012

FINALLY....Someone who can make sense of all the AUTISM RESEARCH STUDIES via Big MAK's
“It was really shocking to us” said Dr. Obvious, lead scientist of the STUPID study, “A lot has been made about geezers and fattys having kids, but those studies showed only a minimal connection between hypothesis and conclusion. It is rare in the scientific community to find an absolute, but we believe we have found one. All children apparently come from pregnancies, and of said pregnancies, 1 in 88 of them are resulting in an autism diagnosis. It was a real eye opener for our team.”
read more......

ACU - Light it up Blue

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Big MAK's Lunches for April

MAKS Lunch  
Tuesday - April 17
See you there!!


Hey big mommas,
April lunch, Rock Creek Pizza, April 18th, 11:30 a.m., 1300 E., and 10300 South, it's by the old Roberts Crafts?  Just off 13th east and Sego Lily Drive in Sandy on the east side in a strip mall.  They have a deal for a little pizza, salad bar, and drink for $7.95 or something and we LOVE the owner, very autism friendly.

I Hope...

How many of you go through that feeling of a sense of loss more than once? This is very common at first when your child has been diagnosed, but also every time another mile stone is missed/delayed, or when another road block is in the way of your child's development. Over the last couple months we have had more than a few of these come up for more than one of our sons. I realize more and more what additional challenges I see in their future and I begin to ask "what if he can't..." I have to stop myself right then, because If I continue to dwell on that question, it brings me down and hinders my perception to see what my sons are capable of. Instead I need to say, "I hope..." and then focus on the now, because now is so important for their future.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

My Autism Team

Check out what resources parents recommend 
and a network to connect to other parents in your area.

Sunday, April 1, 2012


Check out our new page, "Laughables", we started this page because. . .

“The only way to get through life 
is to laugh your way through it. 
You either have to laugh or cry. 
I prefer to laugh. 
Crying gives me a headache.” 
 Marjorie Pay Hinckley

Egg Hunt by Autism Voices