Joanne Giacomini
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My name is Joanne Giacomini. I am a writer, speaker and parent coach, at “Exceptional Parenting/Exceptional Balance,” I also blog about how my son with autism is raising me at “Exceptional Mom/Exceptional Child,” www.exceptionalmomchild. com. I write regularly about parenting and autism at “Huff Post Parents Canada”, “M List by the Suburban,” and “Parenting 101” by the Suburban. I have also been featured on “BlogHer Family-Special Needs,” “Yummy Mummy Club Canada,” “Scary Mommy”, “Her View From Home”, “Romper”, “KidsOutAndAbout,” and many other publications. I write about parenting and lifestyle issues at “The Things,” “Baby Gaga and "The Talko."

I have a FREE EBOOK on "5 WAYS TO HANDLE EXCEPTIONAL FAMILY ANXIETY" available at , and am working on a book about how my son with autism has changed my life, “5 Ways My Exceptional Child Has Made Me an Exceptional Human Being.” I offer four coaching programs to help parents find the tools they need to address challenges with their children, as well as to help empower them in their own parenting journey. You can follow me on Twitter @exceptmomchild.

Entries by Joanne Giacomini

How To Make Halloween Autism-Friendly

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2016 | 2:21 PM

Halloween is a fun time of year for most children. They love getting dressed up in costumes, going to parties, as well as going trick or treating where they get the best thing of all, candy! But for many children with autism this is a very difficult holiday.


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5 Ways To Help Your Special Needs Child Enjoy Summertime

(0) Comments | Posted July 4, 2016 | 7:50 AM

Summer is here. Most of us love the long days and warm nights. Families enjoy trips to the beach, outdoor festivals, swimming at the pool, family picnics and more. Summer is not so easy for all families however. Families with special needs children, particularly those with autism, often have difficulty...

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6 Parent/Teacher Interview Tips For Special Needs Parents

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2016 | 1:11 PM

Well, it looks like we are at that time of year again, the Parent/Teacher Interview where you see how your child did over the course of the semester and where they are going next year. For parents of children with special needs, this can be both an exciting and terrifying...

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Blogging Helped Me Find Myself As A Parent Of A Special Needs Child

(2) Comments | Posted May 20, 2016 | 3:52 PM

Being a parent is hard work. It involves a lot of self-sacrifice, long hours, and at times seems endless. Being a special needs parent entails even more. What person would willingly sign up for a job like that, were it not for the love of their child or children?

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Becoming A Special Needs Parent Changed Mother's Day For Me

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2016 | 8:49 AM

The day the stick turned blue in the bathroom was easily one of, if not the happiest day of my life. I had wanted nothing else since I was a child, to become a mom. My husband and I had been trying for almost two years with no success, so...

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5 Ways To Handle Spring Fever, Special Needs Style

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2016 | 4:41 PM

So it's officially Spring now, at least by the calendar. In a few weeks, the weather will be warmer and it will time to start doing more fun things outside. Your kids, though they have special needs, will want to go to parks and do more outdoor things just like...

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6 Ways To Help Special Needs Children Understand Valentine's Day

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2016 | 12:04 PM

Valentine's Day is known as the day of love and celebrating that love. Some people consider it a marketing holiday, some could care less about celebrating it, and for others, and it marks an important day to remember those we love and care about and show them that love and...

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How The Right Teacher Can Make A Difference In a Special Needs Child's Life

(0) Comments | Posted February 8, 2016 | 2:51 PM

Six years ago when my son was diagnosed with autism I was devastated, overwhelmed, and lost. I didn't know what to expect from him and didn't know what lay ahead in his future. All the literature I was finding was showing extremely challenging behaviors and tough times ahead. There were...

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5 Signs Your Special Needs Child Has Mental Health Issues

(0) Comments | Posted January 26, 2016 | 5:19 PM

Wednesday, January 27th 2016 is Bell Let's Talk About Mental Health Day. This has always been a topic close to my heart, even before autism came into my life via my son. I have seen family members and close friends struggle with mental health issues, and always suspected...

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My Son's Autism Does Not Limit His Career Possibilities

(12) Comments | Posted January 7, 2016 | 11:34 AM

As a parent, the day your child is born is usually remembered as the best day of your life, as well as the scariest. Now you have the responsibility of another little human being's life and it is directly in your hands.

If you are like me, you find yourself...

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5 Ways To Make Your Bathroom Special Needs Family Friendly

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2015 | 4:47 PM

There are two main rooms in any family home, special needs or not, that have the most usage. Those rooms, for lack of glamour, are the kitchen and bathroom. Yes, I mention the bathroom, because it is a room that a lot of us spend time in, but when you...

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5 Questions Special Needs Parents Should Ask Before Buying A Mattress

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2015 | 10:02 AM

Ah, sleep. What special needs parents, or really any parent, has not at one time or another craved this elusive entity? From the time our children are born, they are very much a responsibility, including in the nocturnal hours.

As they get older, sometimes parents catch a break in...

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How To Prepare Your Special Needs Child For Meeting Santa Claus

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2015 | 12:37 PM

Ah, that first visit to Santa. Remember how your little one cried and was scared, clinging to you? But you knew that this was temporary. Next year, he/she would be fine with the Santa visit, a rite of passage for most North American children today.

But what if your...

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How To Pick The Right School For Your Special Needs Child

(0) Comments | Posted November 9, 2015 | 12:47 PM

Finding the right school for any child can sometimes be a difficult job. All children do not have the same learning style, and though public schools are wonderful places of instruction, some children need smaller classes sizes, more one-on-one attention, or other services that more specialized or private schools can...

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5 Ways To Help Your Special Needs Child Enjoy Halloween

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2015 | 5:16 PM

Halloween is a fun time for children. There are usually the normal fears that babies have their first time trick or treating outside at night in the dark, but they quickly learn the tradition as well as what is expected of them.

Special needs children do not have that...

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How to Teach Your Special Needs Child to Ride a Bike

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2015 | 12:23 PM

Watching my son take off at top speed down our small street yesterday filled me with a feeling of awe that I can't explain. You see, he struggles with gross motor skills a lot, though he does with fine motor skills. Lots of kids with autism do. And though he...

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How to Have a Happy Thanksgiving With Your Special Needs Family

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2015 | 4:00 PM

I love the colours of fall, the hunkering down inside to cook and bake, and the quality family time you can spend talking, laughing and eating the delicious crock pot type recipes at the kitchen table. I also love Thanksgiving, a holiday that reminds us to count our many blessings...

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5 Fun Fall Activities For Your Special Needs Child

(1) Comments | Posted October 3, 2015 | 8:23 AM

Fall is a great time of the year. The air is fresh, the leaves are chaning colour and there are lots of fun family activities to do on the weekends. What can be wrong with family, fun, fresh air and lots of activity? Nothing, unless you have a special needs...

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5 Ways to Help Your Special Needs Child Overcome Learning Fears

(1) Comments | Posted September 25, 2015 | 12:14 PM

My son is one of those kids that doesn't like learning in school. Yes, I know. No kids like learning over playing, but my kid REALLY does not like to learn.

He told me this morning over breakfast that his favorite two subjects are art and recess. His anxiety...

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5 Ways for Special Needs Families to Handle Anxiety

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2015 | 9:08 AM

Anxiety runs in our family in various degrees. We're a nervous bunch, you could say, so it doesn't surprise me that our son is a nervous kid. I think he would have been anxious even had he not been born with autism.

Anxiety can be alright in small doses....

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