Time to Play: Incorporating Everyday Life into Imaginative Play

My 9-year-old girl loves to play alone in her room. I peek in at her during her playtime, and I notice she enjoys imaginative play the most. Because her sibling is 10 years older than she is, she has...

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Time to Play: Babyproofing the Play Area

Childproofing is no easy feat for any parent. Not only is it imperative for household safety, but it also helps to maintain sanity as well. Despite all of my concerted efforts to babyproof our home, somehow in the last...

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Five Toys for Outdoor Fun for Kids with Special Needs

It’s getting warmer outside, and the threat of snow is lessening. It’s time to start thinking about how to entertain the kids outdoors! My autistic son loves being outside, and there are quite a few toys that can help...

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Time to Play: Spring Gardening

Last spring, we transformed our backyard into a play and relaxation space for our family. We hadn’t done much with the yard other than make sure we had green grass and space. In Florida, you can begin to sow...

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Time to Play: With Your Teen

I am now the mom of a full-fledged teenage boy. Maxwell is my first born of two dudes and has always had a very playful spirit. He’s got a little brother, and having him around has meant that Max...

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Time to Play: Playtime During Our Time of Crisis

I never knew the type of person I’d be during a time of crisis. It turns out, though, I’m an equal mix of crazy and calm—or so I’m told. Over the past year, my family has had a slew of...

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7 Things to Consider When Buying a Birthday Gift

If your child is anything like mine, he or she is probably invited to a lot of birthday parties. Kids love inviting their friends and classmates from school, and it makes for a fun birthday experience for everyone involved....

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Time to Play: With the One You Love

I met my husband when I was 15 years old. We dated for nearly five years before we wed, which was immediately after I graduated from college, and have now been married almost 22 years. We've truly grown up together....

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Stimming on Spinning!

My autistic son loves anything and everything that spins. Helicopters, cars, fans, pinwheels, you name it! If it spins, he loves it. A lot of kids on the spectrum "stim" on spinning. Stimming is short for self-stimulatory behavior. Almost all...

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Time to Play: Family Bowling Night

Cold weather can make it hard to find fun things to do with the kids. Every weekend may start to feel like Groundhog Day. So how can you keep kids active in the winter? Try a family bowling night! Bowling...

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