Gardening is My Therapy

If you’re able to, try planting flowers as a new hobby or coping skill to deal with anxious/depressive thoughts. How can gardening help?  ❇️ Increased physical activity during gardening helps improve your overall mood;  ❇️ Gardening helps take your mind off of your issues and helps you focus on creating something beautiful;  ❇️Improves your confidence…

Autism Awareness Month FB Live Event

FB Live makes me nervous, but here I go! I will be reading my children’s book this Thursday. Join me in Writers Rock! Readers group as I read Aaron and Me: Our Journey on the Spectrum. Your children can learn about autism, brotherhood, and unconditional love ❤️💙. Thank you Wanda Roberts for this opportunity!

Support for Autism Families

April is Autism Awareness Month. In light of recent events, I felt it best to raise awareness by offering suggestions on how to offer support to autism families, not just during times of crisis, but on a day to day basis. Feel free to share and offer support!💙❤️💙❤️ 1) Communicate: reach out to a spectrum…

Let’s Talk About Autism

I had an awesome time discussing autism with fellow mental health colleague Shevon Jones of The Mental Health Collective. Her podcast, The Helpers Tribe, helps shed a positive light on mental health and it’s Helpers https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/tribe-of-helpers-podcast/id1495479856?i=1000469230618

Aaron Pays A Bill!

Last Friday, Aaron got a true taste of adulthood: he paid his very first bill! Aaron has been working for 6 months now. Although this is not his first job, this job is significant because he is maturing and learning more independent living skills, like paying bills. If possible, persons on the autism spectrum should…

Value The People That “SEE” You

Late last week, a friend of mine informed me she had a gift for me. Receiving gifts is definitely one of my love languages, so needless to say I was excited to see what I would be receiving. This particular friend is not someone I see on a regular basis or even talk to weekly.…

ADHD: A Teen Perspective

This week’s Pruden Counseling Concepts “Know BeforeYou Go” video focuses on ADHD from a teen’s point of view: my youngest son, 16 year-old Bryant Pruden. He is honest about how ADHD affects his life and what he wants parents to know to best support their teen with ADHD. My son Bryant explains how it feels…