Special Needs Parent Appreciation Month

August is Special Needs Parent Appreciation Month. I would like to take this opportunity to shout out my hubby Paul Pruden Jr for being a great special needs parent. He’s not a perfect guy or a perfect parent. That’s not what this post is about. Team Pruden has had to contend with 2 issues, autism…

Preparation is Key 🔑

On our autism journey, we have learned that preparation is a key component to success. I asked Aaron to do a little grocery shopping today. Over time, we have developed a game plan to help Aaron have successful community outings. In this instance, Aaron’s grocery shopping was successful because we were able to: ✅ Create…

Structure in an Autism Family

Upon first glance, this looks like any shelf you may see in any laundry room. But if you look closer, there is an order here that works for Team Pruden. Early on, we learned that in order for Aaron to live a more peaceful environment, life had to be predictable. I know, life has surprises.…

Find Your Village

For fellow autism parents with more than one child…. Most folks know the story, but for those that don’t… My second son, Moo, is my faith baby. I was scared to death when I found out I was pregnant with him. I didn’t think I would be able to give him the attention he needed…

We’re Just Tired

Today was “leg day” for my sons and I. We have been home together for weeks now. We decided to make good use of our time by working out together. My youngest son, Bryant, is the current athlete in our home, so we have been deferring to him for guidance on which exercises would benefit…

What’s Keeping You Grounded?

I have been asked a few times, “KP, how are staying sane (happy, straight, calm, making it, etc.) through these trying times. My answer is simple and not simple at the same time: 1) I’m reading the Word more, along with other inspirational works. They remind me to trust my Creator and leave all my…

Cherish Good Memories

Last night when Paul got home from work (he has not stopped working since COVID 19 came; he’s considered essential), I had just finished cooking. He sat down in his recliner and I sat opposite him on the couch. We discussed our day (shipping and mental health), the boys, and plans for Team Pruden Headquarters.…

Sunday Space

So…. I didn’t complete my gardening project yesterday….or my planning….. My Sunday space is full today: gardening, panning, a bath for Kane, a bit of laundry, and Sunday dinner. But you know what? I am happy with it. I am not overwhelmed and excited to get into some flowers. What’s filling your Sunday Space? Whatever…

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…

How to Maintain A Healthy Relationship While Parenting a Special Needs Child

https://www.facebook.com/100000830014076/videos/2746509208720053/ My husband Paul and I spent valuable time with Alasha Bennett talking about how to remain committed to each other while parenting a child with additional needs. Feel free to watch our interview. We welcome your feedback ❤️