Stress Relief for Parents

Reducing stress is a key component to the well-being of your family. We know that parenting a little one on the autism spectrum can be challenging. You work extra hard at facilitating the work your child is doing, and it can be stressful not knowing how your loving efforts are being received.

As parents, it’s important to know that you are loved too.  So we at Kara Dodds & Associates have put together a small list of things you can do to love yourself, so you can be there for your little ones.

  1. Don’t neglect the basics.  Are you getting enough sleep? Drinking water?

  2. Talk to other adults from time to time. Having someone to talk to where you can say what’s true for you and how you are feeling can help a great deal.

  3. Spending some quality time just on you. Do you have an interest that’s been back burnered? Maybe you can read about it, or carve out fifteen minutes a week to connect to your passion.

  4. Resolve to stop blaming yourself for routine growing pains.

  5. Trust your intuition about how to best love yourself and your family.

  6. Take a bath, not a shower

Read our Rave Reviews

Watching the documentary brought tears to my eyes and made my heart swell up. Words will never be able to express what the therapists at Kara dodds have done for our family.

Six months ago, I brought my son Atticus in for his evaluation, with only a handful of words and a tendancy to withdraw from interaction, I was desperately seeking someone...someway to help him.

Today he is like a brand new kid! He is thriving! Talking, playing, and so happy. I am so proud that he is mine, and to have kara dodds to thank for helping to give him the words and the will to use them.

B. Ellson

News, Media and Blogs

Strength and Power Training for Children with Poor Coordination!

By Veronica Glen, PT, DPT (

When Physical Therapists see a clumsy or uncoordinated child, one of the first thoughts we think is “That kid can use some balance training!” or “They could benefit from functional activity practice!” What current evidence based research is finding is that strength and power training can be just as helpful if not MORE helpful than functional movement training!

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