Parents, Are You Listening To Your Child?

2016-11-10T10:11:24-04:00By |Categories: Amy Sequenzia, Autism, blog, Neurodiversity, Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

As a non-speaking Autistic, I pay special attention to comments and statements made by parents of other non-speaking Autistics, especially children. Many times I see parents lamenting that they will never listen to their Autistic child say "I love you", or how much they long to hear those words.

Respectfully Connected: Journeys in Parenting and Neurodivergence

2016-11-10T10:11:29-04:00By |Categories: Autism, Autism Resources, blog, Developmental Disabilities, General, Neurodiversity, Ollibean Family, Parenting, Parenting Newsletter, Resources, Resources We Love|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

We are all about respect, so of course, Respectfully Connected is a Resource We Love!

LOVED As I Am

2016-11-10T10:11:30-04:00By |Categories: blog, Lauri Swann Hunt, Ollibean Family, Products|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

We can all use a daily reminder that we are loved, accepted and adored for being exactly who we are. Ollibean Goods of the Day- "LOVED as I am" , "You Are Loved" and "I Am Loved" .

The Benefits of Real Food

2016-11-10T10:11:34-04:00By |Categories: blog, General, Nutrition, Ollibean Family, Parenting, Parenting Newsletter, Search Categories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Guest post from Chasing the Spring's Dani Johnson on the life changing benefits of a blenderized diet made for her daughter. We were drawn to the great recipes Dani shares as well as her experience of learning from adult g-tube users.

Ollibean Spotlight: Renee Salas

2016-11-10T10:11:48-04:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Author, Autism, blog, Books You Need, Cross Disability, Editor's Picks, General, Inclusion, Lauri Swann Hunt, Lifestyle, Neurodiversity, Ollibean Family, Ollibean Mama Spotlight, Ollibean Thought Leaders, Parenting, Think Tank|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

" Talk to people with disabilities. As many as you can: Adults, adolescents, kids. These people are the real experts on disabilities. These are the people that can tell you what life with a disability is like." Renee Salas

Ollibean Spotlight: Kerima Cevik Pay It Forward Activist

2016-11-10T10:11:48-04:00By |Categories: blog, Lauri Swann Hunt, Ollibean Family, Ollibean Mama Spotlight, Parenting, Resources We Love|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

"Equal access, level playing field, dignity, respect for my son and all his community. No separate classrooms separate doors or isolation from others. See I’m a woman of color. When I began my education you could still see the Colored Only bathrooms in the Deep South. If you put my son in one room and say he is not good enough to be where the law says he should be, with his peers, then red flags of segregation fly up at me. Many parents of color feel the wrongness of it organically, but they have been convinced that their neurodiverse children are not good enough for their neighborhood school and that their children are a distraction or threat to typical children in some way. The different operating system in their child’s brain throws them off, particularly when maladaptive behaviors are in the mix. It leaves them feeling guilty, helpless, afraid their kids will come to harm, and they listen to anyone, even if their gut tells them the advice is unjust. I am and advocate of Universal Design for Learning. I think my son can be with his peers in age as well as ability and everyone can benefit." Kerima Cevik

Believing in Your Child and Why It Matters

2016-11-10T10:11:49-04:00By |Categories: AAC, Autism, blog, Cerebral Palsy, Cross Disability, Forums, General, Inclusion, Lauri Swann Hunt, Ollibean Brothers & Sisters, Ollibean Family, Ollibean Mama Spotlight, Ollibean Thought Leaders, Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

"No one affects a child's day, dreams and future like a mother. Of course we are never perfect, but perfect is never the goal." Tonya Whitlock

Happy Mother’s Day Week : Turn It Up to 11

2016-11-10T10:11:50-04:00By |Categories: blog, Conversation Starters, Cross Disability, Ollibean Brothers & Sisters, Ollibean Family, Ollibean Mama Spotlight, Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

It's that time of year .... Mother's Day Week! Is there a song that makes you think about why you love being a mom? Or a song that just reminds you of your family? Share it here.

A Parent’s Story of Advocacy on The Inclusive Class

2016-11-10T10:11:55-04:00By |Categories: Articles, Autism, blog, Cross Disability, Inclusion, Nicole Eredics, Ollibean Family, Parenting, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Teachers love a great resource! Especially a resource that is

We Love Emma’s Hope Book

2016-11-10T10:11:55-04:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Autism, Autism Resources, General, Lifestyle, Neurodiversity, Parenting, Resources, Resources We Love|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Ariane Zurcher is definitely one of our favorite writers. She writes with exceptional honesty, insight, and beauty.

I Feel Tired

2016-11-10T10:11:56-04:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Amy Sequenzia, Author, blog, Disability Rights, Editor's Picks, Featured (Homepage), General, Parenting, Think Tank|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Some parents understand that autism is a natural part of some children’s lives and they fight the societal attitudes toward autistics. That’s love. Some parents don’t, and they fight, and hurt, their own children. This is not love and is one of the things that make me very tired.

Advice from Someone Who Has Been There

2016-11-10T10:11:59-04:00By |Categories: Ableism, Autism, blog, Cross Disability, General, Inclusion, Lauri Swann Hunt, Neurodiversity, Ollibean Family, Parenting, Parenting Newsletter|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I love Larry Bissonnette- artist and disability rights activist. If

Ollibean Mama Spotlight

2016-11-10T10:12:07-04:00By |Categories: AAC, blog, Editor's Picks, Featured (Homepage), General, Inclusion, Ollibean Family, Ollibean Mama Spotlight, Parenting, Think Tank|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Connect and learn with other parents like Tonya who presume competence and celebrate their children for being exactly who they are. #allofakind

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