Off day? Um…okay.

He had an “off” day.  Perhaps it was the fact he is getting over a cold.  His upper lip seemed cracked and sore.  He seemed anxious today.  He is tired.  He seemed out of sorts.  He is dumping bins.  He has red cheeks.  He was rubbing his eyes.  He pushed stuff over.  He had the…

Learning To Draw

Tonight Johnny wanted to learn how to draw flowers and Mommy showed him how to draw flowers. Johnny loves scribbling with crayons and markers and exploring colour with painting.  He gets a lot of sensory feedback from this plus he loves to see what happens when the colour hits the paper and gets manipulated around and what…

Autism In Big Flashing Neon Letters

  Some days are just plain disappointing.  You know the days when you can see your child really fighting to keep some of the Autism symptoms at bay but he is  fighting a losing battle.  It always seems to be the day when you want someone to see your child for who they are and…

Autism Checklist ~ What You Need To Know

  Awareness brings understanding and understanding brings compassion. April is Autism Awareness Month and I think its important for friends and family to know what the symptoms of Autism look like to place someone on the autism spectrum. Yes at one point our son did nearly all of this but with early intervention things are…

Eating Out ~ The Kind of Change He Embraces

Family gatherings and dinners especially in restaurants are fun for Johnny but hard at the same time.  He absolutely loves it when we go out to eat at a restaurant or cafe and loves it even more when the extended family is with us.    It ends up being a wonderful opportunity for him to socialize and…

Apraxia of Speech Is The Answer

Children with Autism do learn to communicate but not all will be able to learn to speak.  Some children with Autism learn to speak by memorizing phrases and scripts of shows or movies and then repeating them over and over without understanding what they are really saying ~ this is called Echolalia.  Sometimes the cold…

The crayon broke.

  The crayon broke. That’s all it took. In between the anguish and and tears he said, “Mama fix Mama fix.” We were out for dinner and the waitress had only left one coloring paper and one pack of crayons when his little sister reached out and snatched the crayon.  She did it so roughly…

AUTISM ~ How do I feel now

    I feel hopeful.  I feel blessed.  I feel thankful. A year ago I felt lost, overwhelmed, sad, angry, nervous, anxious and somewhat empty inside.  What do we do?  Where do we start?  How bad is it?  Is it really this bad?  Why our son?  I couldn’t look at Johnny’s baby pictures without crying.  I…

Autism Awareness…..begins with our son.

Today is World Autism Awareness Day and after reading a wonderful post by a fellow blogger and Mom that cynking feeling I asked myself “what does Autism Awareness mean to me.” For me its personal because I can only talk about the Autism that I personally see every day. Since we received the diagnosis last year…