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When Manners are Meaningless

When Manners are Meaningless

Guest blogger:  Julie Hornok Because I tend to want to look good myself, I often find myself expecting my kids to do what makes me look good to others. Sit still, be quiet, don’t talk too loud, smile nicely, fold your napkin in your lap, get good grades in school, and...
Five Tips for Cultivating Friendships

Five Tips for Cultivating Friendships

Guest blogger:  Julie Hornok   As I drove my daughter with autism to six parties on the last week of fifth grade, I realized being intentional with her friendships had paid off.  This did not come easy, nor was it taken for granted.    Friendships even with typical...
It’s Not Rude; It’s Autism!

It’s Not Rude; It’s Autism!

Guest blogger: Julie Hornok   We worked hard, so very hard, to get my daughter with autism, Lizzie, to talk. We pushed through months and months of speech therapy, behavioral therapy, and occupational therapy without her saying a single recognizable word. We persisted...