Our First Trip to the Local Barbershop for a Haircut

This past Saturday, I took my boys to get their hair cut at local barbershop, Paco’s Fresh Kutts. This was CJ’s and EJ’s first experience at an actual barbershop. Since they were babies, they have gotten their hair cut at home. CJ has done fairly well with the experience and I’d been talking to him about going to the barbershop to get his hair cut like a big boy like his older brother JJ which made him excited. EJ, on the other hand, hates haircuts. He hates the sound of the clippers and the little hairs that fall on his face during the hair cut. EJ usually screams and hollers as if someone is hurting him. I’ve talked with EJ about getting a big boy hair cut as well and to my surprise he was super excited too! After about a month of casually talking about hair cuts at the barbershop, I finally made the appointment.

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Planning for Spring/Summer Break Activities

Spring break is upon us, or will be soon, for most. In the past, I used to scramble to find activities for my kiddos to do during spring break which can become very stressful when you don’t have a plan for out-of-school time. Lesson learned, so now, I plan ahead!

I try to keep my kids’ schedules somewhat the same as when they were in school. This means my boys wake up and go to sleep at the same times they would if they had school and they also eat lunch and snacks around the same time. To help reinforce this, I setup a picture schedule that features pictures of items or activities so my boys know what they will be doing for the day.

I use a monthly calendar and/or a weekly planner and I write down all of my appointments and my children’s appointments, including activities according to my available time on any given day.

Here’s a list of my top Spring/Summer Break Activities:

1. Paint or Draw
2. Start a Patio Garden
3. Movies
4. Picnic at the Park
5. Swimming
6. Cooking
7. Zoo
8. Trampoline Park
9. Museum
10. Farm Visit

What activities do you do for Spring/Summer break? Please share in the comments below.

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UPDATE: Volunteer Application (March 2017)

We have created another link to the volunteer application on Google Forms.

https://goo.gl/forms/Jhy2dNS9Vd2ANByn1

If you are still having a problem with the volunteer application, please email your resume and position you are applying for to contact[@]ourstarsinc[dot]org.

For the list of positions still available, CLICK HERE.

Please do not hesitate to let us know when there is a problem. We will work quickly to correct it.
Thank you!

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#AutismTrendingNews: Cannabis & Autism, Blogging About Autism, Aging with Autism, and MORE (January 19, 2017)

It’s January 19, 2017 and here’s what’s trending in autism news across the world.

Most Autism Practice Not Supported by Good Evidence, Finds Study
Autism Matters – Freedom Leaf Special Report
Narrowing the Diagnostic Gap: Autism over 30 years
Mum’s Defiant Blog About Her Son’s Autism is Challenging the Stigma
Autism and Difficulty Gauging Time: Strategies for a Common Challenge

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Happy New Year from OurStarsInc.org & #Autism Trending News (January 05, 2017)

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Happy New Year from us at Our Stars Inc.

We’ve got some great things coming up this year. We hope that you will join us in our continued mission of empowering families and communities to effectively advocate for all children who have but not limited to special needs like autism and to provide a safe environment where students and families can learn and engage in social and academic enrichment.

If you haven’t already, sign up for our official newsletter. You’ll be the first to hear about upcoming projects and events.

 

OurStarsInc AUTISM NEWS

Here’s what is trending in autism news for January 05, 2017:

– Dublin-based Scientists Find An Area of the Brain Linked to Autism (The Irish Times)
– Environmental and genetic Factors Jointly Influence Autism-Related Genes (NIH)
– Don’t Let Autism Be the Only Thing That Defines You (Autism Speaks)
– Large Study Shows Self-injury Common Among Children with Autism (Spectrum News)

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