We all experience anxiety sometimes. Long ago, when resources were more scarce and we lived more dangerous lives, anxiety helped us to recognize threats like predators. Even today, it can help us in certain situations. Children can also experience anxiety and, just like with adults, if it isn’t managed, anxiety can make day-to-day life less enjoyable and more difficult.
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In this webinar, Certified RDI® Consultants Kat Lee and Dr. Sarah Wayland discuss how the pandemic has affected both us as parents, and our children. During the last two years or so, a lot of parents have struggled just to get their kids through each day. Besides the emotional impact of COVID itself on both adults and children, there are many other struggles to contend with.
In the last year, we have seen a rise in screen addiction, especially among vulnerable populations, such as teens and children with autism. How can we help?
July 4th can be a difficult holiday for anyone with sensory struggles, especially noise sensitivities. The fireworks, the crowds, the noise, the change in routine can all trigger an autistic child, teen or adult and can cause anxiety, stress or meltdowns. But there are ways that you can help your child or loved one minimize their stress!
The more “normal” and routine life is during the holidays, with fewer unexpected circumstances, the more you can help your child avoid overload that could lead to a meltdown.
Have you ever asked yourself if your child’s autism therapy is working? You aren’t alone in your thoughts.
A common worry of parents who have children on the spectrum is whether autism might negatively impact their other child. Last Friday I had the opportunity to interview the brother of an autistic...
Slowing down is always the first thing I look at with any new family. You have to take care of yourself FIRST.
If you have a child with neurodevelopmental differences such as autism bedtime can be a struggle. A good night’s sleep is important. Here are some ways to help.
Self care is important for those caring for family members with autism.
This valentine’s day, make a commitment to put your marriage first.
One of the most common concerns we hear from mothers of special needs children…
Celebrate the Holidays RDI® style with Kat Lee.
The holiday season is upon us and although this time of the year is fun and full of magic for many of our families, when you have a child with autism the extra chaos and noise can often become...
Summer is just around the corner, be prepared!
Tips on how to more effectively understand autism as a grandparent.
Autistic individuals can struggle with the change in routine that the holidays bring but with some planning ahead of time they can manage it without anxiety!
One parent’s story on how they survive the holidays
RDI consultant Lisa Palasti shares how to incorporate RDI into everyday life, including pumpkin carving!
The holidays can be a time to show appreciation and give thanks…
RDI reminds us to plan for involving our children in these rituals, and helps us remember…
The holidays are such a special and enjoyable time of year, but they can also be incredibly stressful!
Gift ideas for autistic children from Dr. Rachelle Sheely, founder of RDI®. And other creative activities to do with your child to celebrate the season!
Trying to fit in too many special holiday events creates stress and can set off meltdowns for apprentices (and guides!).
In RDI we coach parents to include their ASD child in meaningful opportunities where both parent and child collaborate not only in ‘doing’ things together.