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Marco Magic Raffle Open!

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Marco Magic Raffle Open!

White sand beaches, the sparkling Gulf, something cold to drink in your hand…. Sounds lovely, doesn’t it? My family discovered the beauty and tranquility of Marco Island over a decade ago. We have always enjoyed the small island feel, giving us the opportunity to wind down from the excitement of our every day lives. If we ever wanted to add a little excitement to the day, Naples was not far away! We are happy to announce that one of our loyal, LoveU2Pieces donors has again offered a week’s stay* in his Marco Island home! This 3...

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5th Annual LoveU2Pieces Golf Scramble and Marco Magic Raffle

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5th Annual LoveU2Pieces Golf Scramble and Marco Magic Raffle

Join us for the 5th Annual LoveU2Pieces Golf Tournament   Monday, September 8, 2014   Tapawingo National Golf Course Sunset Hills, MO 10:30 Registration Begins 11:00 Lunch Begins 12:00 noon Shotgun Start Click Here to Register

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Social Connections Program

Posted by on 5:16 pm in About Autism Spectrum Disorder, About LU2P, Events, Family Dynamics, Family Resources, Home & Family, Parenting on the Spectrum, Relationships, Uncategorized | Comments Off

Social Connections Program

2014 Summer Social Connections Groups will begin forming soon! The LoveU2Pieces Social ConnectionsSM Program was developed to support our Mission as we seek to provide: ~ Opportunities for children on the autism spectrum to develop skills in the areas of social interaction and leadership. ~ Information and activities for parents of children on the autism spectrum that will support their efforts in raising their children in a strong,  supportive environment. ~ A forum for parents of children on the autism spectrum to connect and share...

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A Little Rest Goes a Long Way

Posted by on 8:13 pm in About LU2P, Family Dynamics, Family Resources, Home & Family, Just for Moms, Living on the Spectrum, Parenting on the Spectrum, Relationships | Comments Off

res·pite [res-pit] Noun:  A delay or cessation for a time, especially of anything distressing or trying; an interval of relief Verb: To relieve temporarily, especially from anything distressing or trying; give an interval of relief from No matter how you say it – stay, hiatus, rest, recess, postpone, suspend – respite is something that all parents need from time to time. It’s especially true of parents who are raising one or more children on the autism spectrum. If this describes you or someone you know, then you’re probably already aware...

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Joy, Happiness and Hard Work – Helping Taylor Reclaim His Voice

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Joy, Happiness and Hard Work – Helping Taylor Reclaim His Voice

It’s an all-too familiar scenario: Family welcomes new baby into the household Baby grows well physically, mentally and emotionally Baby turns into a happy, loving toddler And then, something happens. That “something” is a diagnosis of autism. Then, the world as the family knew it is gone. This is what happened to the Crowe family after son Taylor, a happy, verbal, well-adjusted toddler, began to change into a mostly silent, withdrawn and frequently inconsolable child. After seeing doctor after doctor, they finally received the autism...

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Just 15 Minutes – Taking Time Out only for You

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Women are marvelous jugglers. We raise families, hold full-time jobs or run our own businesses, manage our homes, volunteer, act as chauffeur to our children, are caregivers when someone is sick and, more frequently, care for aging parents. Essentially, it may feel like you’re on the go 25 hours a day (if that were possible). It’s exhausting and dangerous for your physical and mental health. While you’re taking care of everyone else, the one person who needs the most care is ignored – you. If you’ve flown on a plane before, you’ve likely...

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Autism Types Explained

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Autism. For many, this word conjures up images of children either completely out of control or so withdrawn they can barely function. But these images are extreme examples of autism – a complex disorder than manifests in a variety of ways and at different ages. In its mildest form, autism can minimally limit one’s life; in the most severe cases, full-time care may be necessary. An autism diagnosis typically results in understanding where one falls on the Autism Spectrum. Regardless of the diagnosis, those diagnosed tend to display similar...

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Keeping your Marriage a Priority when raising a Child on the Autism Spectrum

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Caring for a child on the autism spectrum is challenging for even the most loving and committed couples. The constant stress, unexpected financial pressures, lack of downtime and exhaustion can test relationships on all levels. Finding time to be a couple, versus parents of a child with ASD, can be almost impossible. Yet the shared responsibility of caring for a child (or children) on the spectrum can actually strengthen a relationship, if the couple makes their bond as important as the care they provide their child. It’s about Communication...

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Demystifying Sensory Processing Disorder

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Has something ever happened to you where you just wanted to hit something or scream at the top of your lungs? Have you ever had so much energy that you just had to run it off or do something else physical so you could relax? If you can recall a few times these things have happened, that’s common. For a child or adult with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), these responses to stimuli are an everyday occurrence. If you’ve not heard of SPD, that’s not surprising. It’s often misdiagnosed and those who have it are often labeled stubborn,...

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How to Ask for Help without Choking

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When was the last time you asked for help from someone? Did you cringe as you asked? Did you put off asking for as long as you could? Did you presuppose you knew their answer, so you didn’t want to ask? It seems women more so than men have issues with asking for help. (Setting aside the driving directions issue, of course.) Perhaps it’s hardwired into their male psyches to not have an issue with this, but many (most) women I know struggle to ask for help on even the simplest of things. It’s as if we’re raised thinking we need to be...

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