Why Visuals?

It comes from your child’s teacher, support professionals, doctors– “use visual supports.” Before you’ve even had a chance to process “my child has autism”/”my child is autistic”, it seems, you’re being told that you need to start implementing some visuals into your life and their life. But, why? What does that mean? How will this…

accommodations vs. modifications

Once you’ve become part of the special education world, you find yourself suddenly enmeshed in countless buzz phrases and acronyms. When you’re already overwhelmed with assuring that your child’s needs are met, this can be an extra layer that many find difficult. So that you can focus on what really matters, we’re here to help…

Pre-K Programs in nc

Last month, DHHS came out with the report for how many 4 year olds in North Carolina were eligible for pre-Kindergarten services in the state versus how many were actually served. Although the percentage varies across counties, the overall view is pretty dismal– only half of kids eligible were actually getting services. Why aren’t they?…

Child Find

Are you in North Carolina? Are you worried about your child or a friend’s child? Project Child Find is run by the Exceptional Children Division of North Carolina DPI. It is for all children in North Carolina, birth through 21, who have been diagnosed with or may have a disability that will impact their education….

Summer Plans

Summer is on its way. This has been a very unusual past 13 months. Summer for kids who have exceptional needs can be tricky to navigate. Some kids get ESY – Extended School Year. This is separate from any COVID-19 provisions in place. This year, Governor Cooper has signed a bill related to the Summer…

Meltdowns – What Do You Do?

First, I’m going to explain my basic mentality behind “meltdowns” and “challenging behavior.” All behavior is communication Let me repeat that. ALL BEHAVIOR IS COMMUNICATION! Therefore, the first step of a meltdown is to cut it off at the pass. Make sure that your child doesn’t feel like they need to get to that point….

The Power of “First…Then”

Many people with autism have told me that they cannot stand when someone gives them a big, confusing list of things to do. Think about when you last told your child to get ready for school. How did you do it? “Get ready! We’re going to be late!” comes up pretty frequently. No instructions. Just…

NC DPI: Autism Spectrum Disorder Eligibility

In September, Department of Public Instruction of North Carolina (NCDPI) approved changes to the policy for evaluation and identification of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). These changes took place in January 2020. The stated reason from DPI was that they wanted community and school providers to have a consistent identification of autism. Therefore, clarification was necessary….

Autism and Hygiene

Many people with autism can struggle with personal hygiene. There are a variety of reasons for this, and the specifics can be as widely varied as the individuals with autism themselves. But it becomes the number one question I’ve had parents ask me, particularly in toddlerhood and when teens hit those tricky teenage years. Therefore,…

Resources – Communication

AAC Information People with limited verbal abilities or who are unable to speak will need adapted communication. Some people sign, some people use a device, others learn to spell/write. There are a wide varieties of ways to communicate. Here are some links to some information about these different types of communication for people with alternative…


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