Caryn Haluska
Caryn Haluska is the mother of 7 unique, cuddly monsters, lives in Southern Utah and is addicted to researching information and resources for special needs. Her son Logan is diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, unexplained seizures, and extreme food allergies leading to anaphylactic shock. He is on a very restrictive allergy induced diet (dairy, soy, corn, nut). His twin, #6, also has Sensory Processing Disorder. You can read more on her blog, Living With Logan, follow her on Facebook or Twitter. You may also send her an email.
Caryn Haluska
Caryn Haluska
Caryn Haluska

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Celebrate Easter With HERSHEY’S – Recipes and a #Giveaway for the #BunnyTrail

Celebrate Easter With HERSHEY’S – Recipes and a #Giveaway for the #BunnyTrail

I love Easter. The egg hunts, new church clothes, baskets, Sunday dinner…. Easter is such a cheerful holiday. In keeping with tradition, my little ones do the town egg hunt, and we have Easter dinner on Sunday with as much family as we can begbribebotherharass get in the house. The monsters take my pots ofContinue Reading

Forgive My Memory Loss – Advocating for Myself… This Time

Forgive My Memory Loss – Advocating for Myself… This Time

Every year, around the beginning of November, the angst starts. We start getting more bills. We start thinking about the holidays, the expense of the holidays, the appointments we should hurry and schedule while our deductible is met. The multitude of errands, daily living, cranky kids, agitation of the kids because vacation is so near,Continue Reading

I Wonder… Thoughts in the Aftermath of the Boston Marathon Explosion

I Wonder… Thoughts in the Aftermath of the Boston Marathon Explosion

I wondered. I have to get this out there, if only to soothe myself. This has been a time of reflection for me, as I waited to hear word about members of our small Southern Utah community who had run in the Boston Marathon yesterday. Were they safe? Unhurt? And I started to wonder lateContinue Reading

Big Girl Panties and Superhero Capes for Parents of Children with Special Needs

Big Girl Panties and Superhero Capes for Parents of Children with Special Needs

I never fail to giggle when I hear someone say, “Well, it’s time to put on the big girl panties!” whenever life throws a curve ball and they have suddenly found themselves having to wade through uncharted territory, channeling inner strengths they might never have otherwise known they possessed. I have come to the conclusionContinue Reading

Green Velvet Cheesecake Cake

Green Velvet Cheesecake Cake

There’s not a lot of things that say Happy Saint Patrick’s Day like this disturbingly green, sinfully rich, made from scratch, completely delectable, cheesecake filled green velvet cake. Based on a red velvet cake adapted by my hero, Recipe Girl , this cake will amp up the Irish of any St. Patrick’s Day dinner. If youContinue Reading

An Open Letter to Emergency Responders Everywhere

An Open Letter to Emergency Responders Everywhere

Disclaimer:  There are occasions when a certain amount of sarcasm, wit, and humor are called for, so as to prevent blood spatter and jail time. We’ll call this..um.. anger management. Thus, I bring to you an open letter for Emergency Responders. A comedy of errors, if you will. But first, a disclaimer. I am veryContinue Reading

Family Fitness? Yes… Special Needs Style

Family Fitness? Yes… Special Needs Style

Family fitness. Family. Fitness. Hmm. Let me tell you a little about the Monster House family. We’re a family. We eat lots of cookies. We bake together. Fitness really isn’t a word in our vocabulary. Yet, even in a cookie loving family such as ours, I do try to sneak in some fun activities forContinue Reading

Developing Leisure Time Skills For Persons With Autism

Developing Leisure Time Skills For Persons With Autism

Structured Playtime Activities with Valuable Support Strategies for Adult is written by Phyllis Coyne, Colleen Nyberg and Mary Lou Vandenburg This is a review of the book that’s worth the read before you decide to buy: The first thing to be aware of, when attempting to absorb information and instruction from this book, is thatContinue Reading

Opposite Sides of the SPD Coin

Opposite Sides of the SPD Coin

Sensory Processing Disorder, referred to as SPD and formerly known as Sensory Integration Dysfunction, has many different facets. SPD can affect children as well as adults, but the exact cause is unknown. There is evidence in preliminary research that shows SPD could be genetic, however, birth complications and environmental factors have also been shown toContinue Reading

Visual Techniques For Developing Social Skills by Rebecca Moyes – A Book Review

Visual Techniques For Developing Social Skills by Rebecca Moyes – A Book Review

Though designed with teachers in mind, Visual Techniques For Developing Social Skills, by Rebecca Moyes, MEd, is a valuable tool for for many, not the least of which being parents. This book is packed full of activities and lesson plans targeting children with high functioning autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. The first thing that I loveContinue Reading