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Atypical Review: Autism on Netflix

Actually pretty typical by tv standards, “Atypical” is a bittersweet Netflix family drama that centers on Sam, an 18-year-old high school senior struggling with growing pains, an overprotective mother, and his own hormones in his quest to find a girlfriend. What we...

Help! My Kids Chews Through All His Shirts

It’s a common site at autism care facilities, in special needs classrooms, and at an autistic child’s home. The t-shirt soaked from neck to waist with saliva from being chewed all day. Or the pencil chewed in half. Or the sweatshirt with soaked cuffs. Or bleeding...

Meeting Julia

Introducing a new character to a kid’s show is hard. And when that character is also intended to create awareness around ASD and the variety of ways spectrum disorders can affect individuals, it is a huge challenge.  But when Sesame Street introduced Julia, the show’s...

AOTA Convention

The AOTA Convention in Philly earlier this month was fun and interesting.  We met over 1500 OTs and OT students at our booth and added almost 1000 names to our buddy list.  We are always so impressed with the convention and the spirit of the attendees who really want...

Autism Awareness Month Activities

Minnesota in April is a beautiful, ever-changing month. It can be 70 degrees on Saturday and 30 degrees (with snow!) on Wednesday. And in this changing atmosphere, as we celebrate spring's awakening with the first tree buds, we also celebrate Autism Awareness month....