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When it comes to the topic autism, there are numerous prejudices. Society barely has an idea what this “disability” really means. There exists a vague and blurred picture of how autistic people behave and what it actually implies for the person concerned. Society has drawn a picture, where all autistic people have a savant syndrome (which is far away from actual statistics), that autistic individuals don’t interact with people at all and that they always flail, as soon as some situation doesn’t work out, they want they want it to. This affects the behavior of non-autistic people, they feel insecure about how to connect to autistic people...

Most educators can recall a teacher's comment that either encouraged or discouraged them. Positive messages foster a child's growth and are constructive, while negative messages can defeat and discourage a child. Our words can have a profound effect upon a child's attitude and behavior. A comment like, "You better do well on this test," can threaten a child's confidence. In contrast, by saying, "This is an important test, but I know each of you will do your best," can inspire children to try harder. Here are some examples of teacher comments made to children that illustrate how the right (or wrong) words can discourage or encourage:

Read a mother's first day back to school timeline. Can you relate? Check us out on facebook and let us know your back to school memories! Connect on FB here.

6:30 am – Alarm goes off playing some funky music, louder and louder as I struggle to swipe the screen to turn it off (note to self: change the alarm tone to some soothing waves or a whisper!).

6:31 am – I realize it’s our Cubs’ first day of new school year! Mercy!!! Gotta get up, fix their lunchboxes (because cafeteria may be a bit floppy and unaware of all our food sensitivities, etc.) 

Finding the right dentist for your child can be a challenge, especially if your child has special needs. After all, the effects of a single negative experience can be difficult to undo. Fortunately, today’s leading pediatric dentists are trained to care for children with ASD and special needs.


Pediatric dentists understand that your child may require a diet or medication that has a negative impact on her dental health, thus causing her serious oral problems. Your child may also have physical difficulties with practicing healthy oral care habits at home. Furthermore, your child may struggle with the sights, sounds, and smells of the dental office –– another concern that pediatric dentists are sensitive to.


Summer break, chaos and disorder… That pretty much sums up the last month of our family dynamics. I know I have been quiet for the last couple of months. The reason is my new project, which I always wanted to launch. Through my natural stubbornness, perseverance, sweat and tears Autism Mama Bear Talk streamed its first broadcast on May 7th, 2018! AUTISM MAMA BEAR TALK is a fast paced interview show bringing informative and everyday inspiring stories from leading autism advocates, self advocates, parents and medical experts.

The children of Shema Kolainu - Hear Our Voices celebrated their accomplishments for their end of the year graduation with a musical presentation surrounded by family and teachers. They've gained many skills over the past school year thanks to our dedicated staff! The ceremonies were held on Monday, June 11th for Preschool students and the following Monday, June 18th for the School Age students. The performances highlighted the student’s accomplishments both musically and academically for the 2017-2018 school year.

Equine Therapy Programs: An ASD Parent’s Perspective

I began learning about Equine Assisted Therapy Programs after I met a group of professionals who work with autistic kids and other patients. It still amazes me, how God orchestrates my life, pushing me out of my comfort zone to meet people that I would otherwise never cross paths with. This was the case when I met my new friend Christy, who is a film producer and mom of a special needs child. She recently made a movie called Unbridled, which beautifully portrays emotional, physical, and spiritual healing through contact with rescue horses.

For children with autism and their families, each day presents many new challenges.  Among these is perception, or rather misperception of what living with autism means – for the children – and their caretakers. Most children’s books on the shelves today fail to include autistic characters, at least realistic, lead characters, invariably adding to misperception and to a lack of understanding, compassion, and acceptance by the media and the general public. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are 20 percent more likely to be hospitalized for illness and injury than other children.  For these kids, a hospital stay can cause fear and uncertainty because the experience is a departure from their everyday routine.  It creates behavioral challenges for parents and medical staff that require special care and attention.

sensory carts to ease autism anxiety

It’s common knowledge that no adult or child enjoys going to the dentist, even for a routine check-up. This is especially true for children with autism, where routine takes on an entirely different meaning, and communicating discomfort or pain can be problematic.

Whether dental problems are genetic or result from difficulty in following proper hygiene regimens, visits require extensive advance preparation by parents to help their children deal with multiple issues.

Visits to the dentist for children with autism
Siddiq Ahmed studying how peer tutoring improves writing and social skills in children with autism

A doctoral candidate at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, has been studying how peer tutoring can improve the writing and social skills of children with autism and other developmental disorders. Siddiq Ahmed (below), whose work focuses on students with developmental disabilities and positive behavior support, trains classmates to evaluate their fellow pupils’ papers.

Students with ASD are then given a writing assignment, which is critiqued by their peers.  The level of success of the interaction follows.

snow day strategies for families with autism

For most parents, a snow day may result in only minor inconveniences – having to take off work unexpectedly or finding emergency childcare. Others seize the opportunity to sleep in and enjoy breakfast with their children.  The kids, of course, delight in having a school-free day spent playing games, watching TV, sledding, engaging in snowball fights, building snowmen – and drinking hot chocolate!

Pregnant women are advised to take prenatal supplements such as folic acid, iron, iodine, and calcium to boost overall health, close nutritional gaps in their diet, and to prevent certain birth defects.  A new study by an international team of scientists of just more than 45,000 Israeli children revealed that proper prenatal nutrition is even more critical to minimize the chance of babies born with autism and related disorders, particularly for those women with a family history of ASD.  The researchers suggest that women who plan to become pregnant should include a prenatal regimen.

prenatal supplements

Over the past few years the autistic community, especially parents of autistic children, have been bombarded with social media postings featuring pseudoscientific, controversial treatments. Among the most widespread methods of treating autism are gluten/dairy-free diet, vitamin injections, supplements, “GcMAF” or “Rerum,” a stem-cell treatment that can cause health problems, “chelation” – a therapy consisting of removing heavy metals from the body, “Miracle Mineral Supplement” – a toxic solution similar to an industrial-strength bleach, and many others.

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