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 a young woman...
The importance of our family traditions in this holiday season and how we can use this time of year to benchmark our progress
Slowing down is always the first thing I look at with any new family. You have to take care of yourself FIRST.
July 4th is a wonderful holiday to celebrate but for children with autism it can be noisy, confusing and even scary! Here are some tips to help you enjoy your holiday.
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.
By helping your child feel comfortable, you will be building positive memories about gatherings with family.
Hear one father share his story of how RDI® changed his family.
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...
The excessive use of electronic devices has become a pandemic in our society.
Summer is just around the corner, be prepared!
Tips on how to more effectively understand autism as a grandparent.
A guide for gift to last-minute gifts that will bring you together.
Tips to help your family survive the holidays with RDI.
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!
Understanding a family as a whole can better the consultation process and provide for a more meaningful experience.
When a child is diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, parents go through a range of difficult emotions.
Employment is often elusive for individuals with autism spectrum disorders.
Attending a fireworks display or a big party? Here are some tips to consider.
In honor of Mother’s Day, I interviewed a special mom who has been working with RDI for over 12 years.
For the last five years as an RDI® consultant, I have encountered a number of cases of excessive electronic gaming among children.
The holidays can be a time to show appreciation and give thanks…
We hope these tips can ease the hustle and bustle of Christmas a little bit in your life this holiday season.
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!
We have all survived the Thanksgiving eating extravaganza. Now it is on to planning…
For some kids these large family gatherings can be incredibly difficult….
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.
Praising our children for their competence has become second nature for us parents, and the same thing needs to happen between parents
Let’s admit it, men and women think differently, especially around problem solving skills…
One of the most important things to remember…
Parents of children with autism often lack time for themselves. Dr. Laura Hynes tells us how self-care can enable you to better help your child.