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The festive season, filled with fireworks and holiday gatherings, can be both exciting and challenging for families with members on the autism spectrum or those with sensory processing disorder (SPD). The loud noises, bright lights, and social interactions can sometimes be overwhelming. Here are some helpful tips to make these celebrations more enjoyable and less stressful for everyone.

In our previous blog post, we explored the concept of "sadfishing" and how it can be a sign of deeper emotional struggles in children. While it's crucial to recognize and address sadfishing behaviors, it's equally important to understand the implications for those who consume this content. The audience or followers of individuals who engage in sadfishing can also experience negative effects, making it essential for parents and caregivers to guide their children on both ends of this spectrum. 

Teens may turn to sadfishing for several reasons, including low self-esteem, poor social support, or a need for immediate emotional relief. The instant feedback and attention they receive online can temporarily boost their self-worth and provide a sense of connection. However, this can also open the door to negative interactions...
Traveling and vacationing with a family member who has autism can present unique challenges, but with the right planning and resources, it can also be an incredibly rewarding experience. Many airlines, resorts, and theme parks are becoming increasingly autism-friendly, offering specialized services and accommodations to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable trip for everyone. In this blog post, we've compiled a list of three airlines, three resorts/hotels, and three theme parks that...
Whether you prefer a simple iced punch, a tart and sweet lemonade, or a filling smoothie, these recipes are sure to become your new favorites. Let's dive in and explore how you can create these healthy and invigorating drinks!
In this recent episode of "The Spectrum Report," host Gabriel Williams engages in a thought-provoking discussion with licensed marriage and family therapist Stephanie Winn. Host of the podcast “Some Kind of Therapist”. This episode, essential for any parent considering therapy for their child, delves into the intricate connection between autism and gender dysphoria, as well as the crucial process of selecting the right therapist for one's family.
In recent times, families across the nation have encountered a growing challenge that impacts daily life significantly – a shortage of ADHD medications like Adderall and Vyvanse. This shortage, as highlighted in an Axios article, has left many seeking alternatives to support focus, calm, and overall well-being in the face of...
As a parent, navigating the complex landscape of gender issues with your children—whether they're on the autism spectrum or not—can feel like traversing a minefield. It's a topic that's as sensitive as it is critical, demanding a nuanced and informed approach. That's why this interview with Pamela Garfield-Jaeger, LCSW, MS, is one you shouldn't miss.
Holidays like International Hot & Spicy Food Day can be a delightful celebration for those who relish the fiery flavors of spicy cuisine. However, for families with members who have sensory sensitivities or simply prefer milder tastes, navigating such occasions can present unique challenges. Finding a balance between enjoying spicy dishes and ensuring everyone's comfort is key to making these celebrations...
Spice up your gluten-free kitchen adventures with our sizzling trio of recipes that pack a punch of flavor! From fiery Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower Bites to the comforting warmth of Spicy Chickpea and Spinach Curry, and ending with a sweet but spicy surprise in our Gluten-Free Spicy Chocolate Avocado Mousse, these dishes cater to every taste bud. Whether you're craving mild or hot, we've got you covered. Get ready to delight in gluten-free delights with a kick!

As of January 8, 2024, the FDA has received 87 confirmed complaints and reports of adverse events that may be linked to the recalled product. It's essential to stay informed about these developments to ensure your safety and the well-being of your loved ones.

The holiday season is a time of giving, and choosing the perfect gift for a loved one with autism or sensory sensitivity requires extra consideration and thoughtfulness. These individuals often have unique sensory preferences and needs, so it's essential to select presents that cater to their comfort and well-being. In this article, we've compiled a list of five thoughtful Christmas gifts that are sure to bring joy to someone special in your life.

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