Orenza Jaske

consultation for parents facing challenges related to Autism and similar developmental disabilities, special education, IEP review and assistance.

My journey started many years ago working as a Child Welfare Specialist in the foster care system. I later worked as a mental health counselor (LCPC) working with children, adolescents and their families. My first job was in a private therapeutic day school with my first exposure to IEPs. I wrote social emotional goals for teens who had emotional struggles. I was able to take this knowledge to var

Operating as usual


If you don't why then you can't really do much of anything.

If you don't why then you can't really do much of anything.


Back to school is coming soon!

Back to school is coming soon!


What do you think??

I’m stirring the pot a bit today, and I hope it serves some of you as you think about outcomes you really want for your child.⁣

So many parents of kids with challenges are focused on getting them to fit in the box of “normal”. Normal educational settings (just sit at your desk and do what you’re told). Normal extracurricular activities (all the kids in the neighborhood play little league). The goal becomes trying to get them through “normal” experiences without major problems, regardless of whether it’s actually fostering growth and development for the child.⁣

But is that really the outcome we want for kids? And how do those kinds of outcomes serve them as they enter adulthood?⁣

I can tell you that the answer is “not very well.” I work with many young adults who have managed to do all the “right things” throughout their growing up years. They’ve made it through all the grades to get a regular education diploma. They’ve tried the sports or whatever else. They’ve done all the “normal” things, and have the photos to prove it. ⁣

But they don’t know who they are. They’re anxious and depressed. They spent so many years honing the skills of going through the motions that they don’t know what they actually enjoy, what talents they possess, how to take care of their needs, or what might bring them a sense of purpose and competence as they move forward.⁣

I argue that these should be the outcomes we aim for with kids. If the “normal” stuff like traditional K-12 schooling, sports teams, and college are part of achieving these outcomes for a child, then that’s great. But it’s totally okay if they aren’t. Parents need to be focused far more on the big picture of a child’s life (like the 80 years that come after high school), as opposed to focusing so narrowly on doing “typical things” for the K-12 years.⁣

As a parent it’s important to focus on parenting the child you have, and what’s important for their growth and future selves. If we want real quality of life outcomes for our kids, then the decisions we make about schooling, activities, and opportunities in childhood need to reflect that.⁣

Leave a ❤️ if you agree!




Timeline Photos 07/10/2021

Working on social skills isn't just an activity confined to the classroom. There are many different ways kids and teens can work on social skills outside, too! Here are a few of my favorites. What else would you add?

Also, I'm linking to the article with more info and strategies for you to try!



Happy July!

Happy July!


Such an interesting post!

Screen time. A topic we hear about a LOT in parenting. Some People see it as a treat, some people see it as dangerous. But what if someone has a genuine need for it? Many autistic children and adults get lost in their electronics. It's helpful for so many reasons yet people will often judge parents who let their children use ipads, phones and laptops frequently because they don't understand what is happening when they use it. So what does screen time actually do for an autistic and/or ADHD child?

1. It helps them regulate. Watching familiar videos or listening to favourite songs over and over can actually be a form of stimming. It helps the child regulate their emotions, calm their brain and rest mentally from an arousing and stressful world.

2. Many autistic children will learn in their own way, in their own space, in their own time. Educational videos can often teach autistic children more than a teacher due to their surroundings at home being more comforting, familiar and quite than a classroom. My child learnt to read fluently by the age of 4 via his ipad.

3. It allows the child to block out stressful external stimuli such as hospital waiting rooms, supermarkets or restaurants. They absorb themselves in their game, maybe with headphones on, and means they can cope in an environment which would otherwise cause sensory overload.

4. Autistic children can find relationships in the outside world difficult. Many form friendships online or are able to communicate far easier with their friends online than in person. It can actually be their least stressful way of socialising. Of course, online safely measures must be put in place.

5. It can allow children to take part in family time. ADHD children can really struggle to watch a film without becoming bored. But if they have a tablet or phone to play on, they can happily take part in family movie nights as they can occupy that part of their brain that causes boredom or under stimulation. The same goes for board games and meals out.

6. Just like everyone else, autistic and ADHD children need time to rest even if they are regulated. Their version of rest often means occupying their brain with games. It's simply their version of chilling out.

As with all things, screen time shouldn't be overdone. Without a doubt though, autistic and ADHD children will need these tools more often to try and exist peacefully in this neurotypical world.

So if you see a parent allowing their children to play on a tablet on the dinner table, at a family outing or disapprove of the number of hours they have electronics for, stop and think first. You have no idea what the purpose is or what they might be trying to achieve.


Happy 1st Day of Summer!

Happy 1st Day of Summer!


Which would you choose?

Which would you choose?


When addressing safety issues, the goal should always be 100%!

How Anger, Tantrums, and Meltdowns Protect Your Child - Mona Delahooke, Ph.D. - Pediatric Psychologist - California 06/14/2021

How Anger, Tantrums, and Meltdowns Protect Your Child - Mona Delahooke, Ph.D. - Pediatric Psychologist - California

How Anger, Tantrums, and Meltdowns Protect Your Child - Mona Delahooke, Ph.D. - Pediatric Psychologist - California Meltdowns and tantrums are not purposeful misbehavior. In the moment, a child needs soothing, not lecturing, consequences or punishment.


Can anyone relate?

Can anyone relate?


Welcome June! Is summer easier or harder? Why?

Welcome June! Is summer easier or harder? Why?


Happy National Go Barefoot Day!

Show us your barefoot kiddos outside!

Reasons why going barefoot can be beneficial for kids:


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Kids walking up slides is good. Sustained fighting against gravity builds proprioception, muscle strength, joint stability, engages the vestibular system, all of which build body awareness. Plus when the other kids yell at your kid to get out of the way then that's social skills so bam. #walkupslides #kidswalkingupslides #bodyawareness #playgroundrules #socialskills #kidsfitness #sensorimotorplay #sensoryfitness





Summer vacation is upon us!

Summer vacation is upon us!

Mobile Uploads 05/22/2021


Things happen.

Before you react, check yourself.


Mobile Uploads 05/22/2021


Thank you Kristen Wiens #dailydoodle and, of course, Mona Delahooke, Ph.D..

This lens shift is so powerful...and so necessary.

A. Jean Ayres, author of the theory of Sensory Integration, always spoke of the adaptive response in her work. While we've often associated that with praxis, motor skills, we need to see behaviors as an adaptive response as well.

We would never need another behavior chart ever again!

The Serious Problems with "Behavior Management" Approaches 05/22/2021

The Serious Problems with "Behavior Management" Approaches

There's a movement to change the way we deal with "problem behaviors." Greg is one of the people leading this movement.

The Serious Problems with "Behavior Management" Approaches Greg Santucci and I discuss the serious problem with behavior management approaches and why other approaches are way more successful.

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#INTEROCEPTION is an important part of sensory processing for us, as primary caregivers, to keep at the forefront’s of our minds.
After all, our roles involve meeting and addressing the daily needs of our loved ones.
We don’t feel the struggles others may be going through firsthand, although we may witness them and experience struggles differently, or even relate.
It’s equally important to never diminish or dismiss someone’s feelings, equally as much as we must entertain the possibility of interoception being an explanation.
As everyone is different and we are sharing general knowledge, please don’t hesitate to consult with your trusted professionals involved in caring for your autistic loved one, on an as needed basis.
I feel that sensory processing differences are underestimated in terms of how much they can affect somebody’s life and their ability to function. Interoception is simply not discussed enough, in my humble opinion!
Thank you very much to Brittyn, the Autism Dietitian, for sharing this level of knowledge.
Please consider joining her #AutismNutritionLibrary (see our Linktree).
I also highly recommend it because she is a professional who grew up witnessing the food issues as she is an autism sibling herself.
I hope this helps. Thank you everyone.
Have a wonderful weekend. 😊💙@autismsupermoms
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It is common for individuals with autism to struggle with this sense, which can cause under or overeating - and can lead to other health concerns. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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