Practical Tip #29-Do Not Fear

If you ever ask yourself this question, “Should I be calling 911?”  Then you should.

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Practical Tip #28-Let the Professionals Help

Sometimes this journey of parenting a child with autism requires professionals to come along side my family.  Sometimes as a parent I find that I simply have run out of strategies. What do you do when the help provided at home is not enough?  What if all the strategies quit working, then what?

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Practical Tip #26 -Vacation in Surfside, South Carolina!

I was excited to read on about a vacation spot for special need families.  For a long time I have thought if businesses would be open-minded to serving special need families life would be better for both.  Many families stay home because it can be easier than going out.  Becky Large, mother of an Autistic child came up with the idea of a family vacation spot where everyone would, “Understand,” your loved one with autism and other special needs.

I just love Becky using her life to help others in this journey of autism.  Yes a judgement free zone is what families need.  We all know when we enter the public square our families are being watched.  It is just how life is.  Many times I do not encounter negative judgements.  I am truly thankful for this.  Often when we are out we do not encounter other special need families.  I think the community side of a vacation is a really great idea.

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Practical Tip #25- Decorating for Christmas



This Great tip came to me from the Sol and Rachel Do a Blog! 

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Decorating a Christmas Tree was a long-term goal in our house for many years.  Tristan’s sensory issues posed real challenges for our family.  We became super creative!  I wish I would have thought about making a felt tree.  What a great idea!

Some ideas that we have tried:

1.Decorating and hanging a paper tree on the wall.

2.Putting a tree up with no lights. (Tristan would eat them.  I think he liked the sound of them crunching.)

3. Putting up a tree with “safe” paper ornaments.

4. Putting up ornaments and resigning ourselves to the fact Tristan will move them around the tree.


What ideas/ and or challenges have you overcome in terms of decorating for Christmas?  Please share!