Posts by drangie

Autism and Impulsivity: “Why did he do that?”

When I talk with parents of children on the Autism spectrum, one of the many concerns they voice are their child’s difficulty with impulsivity. This becomes a problem for the whole family. If out at a restaurant, having to “keep an eye on them” to make sure they don’t hit a stranger, pour the salt…

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Autism and AD(H)D: Why Social Integration Can Be So Difficult

“Hey, Mom! Could you look over this email before I send it? I want to make sure I am saying this right.” This concern for proper phrasing and understanding of a specific social interaction is something I hear quite often from my youngest son. As many of you already are aware, my ‘baby’ (I know…

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I Need to Self-Regulate? What You Talkin’ About Willis??

Many of you are too young to remember the sitcom Diff’rent Strokes, but in the show, some disaster could be occurring with everyone running around and the older brother (Willis) would say something, and the younger brother would stop everything, get very serious, look directly at his brother and say, “What you talkin’ about Willis?”…

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Autism: The Missing Pieces…

Sitting here in my office, I reflect on the week …” Wow, sometimes I forget how powerful the Davis tools and programs are!” I had the privilege this week of working one-to-one with two amazing children. Both have been identified as having autism. Although we have only worked together for less than ten hours, there…

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How the Davis Program Saved My Son …and Me

I can feel the conflicting tears of joy and anguish rise up from my stomach, through my chest, and into my throat as they make their way to my tear ducts and are released onto my face as I think about our lives nine years ago. Tears of joy for what is, and tears of…

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Parenting: Situational vs. Conscious – The winner is…

“How do I get my son with ADHD to sit still and do his homework”? If I had five cents for every time I have been asked this question, I’d be independently wealthy. I am frequently asked by parents what they should do regarding very specific situations. I hear questions like: “My kid is eight…

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Why Is My Child Afraid of the Silliest Things (like butterflies)?

Fear comes with imagination, it’s a penalty, it’s the price of imagination. -Thomas Harris What is fear? Miriam Webster defines fear as an unpleasant, often strong emotion, caused by expectation or awareness of danger. Fear is a feeling. As such, it doesn’t have to be rational. It just is. The truth is, fear is what…

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