IBI Therapy ~ To Be or Not to Be

When we received Johnny’s diagnosis of “moderate to severe” Classical Autism Spectrum Disorder he was placed on the wait list to receive the government funded IBI Therapy. First Johnny had to be assessed whether he was a good candidate for the program which sadly we knew had a 2 year wait list. Last March we met Psychologists…

See Autism through her eyes

  Have you heard of Carly? If you haven’t you should if you know someone with Autism.  Carly Fleischmann is a 17 year old Canadian girl with severe Autism and Apraxia but she is an inspiration as she strongly advocates for children getting to find their inner voice. She has just released a book co-written…

Ever have one of those days?

Ever have those days (or week) where so much has been happening both good and challenging that you don’t know where to start because you are mentally and emotionally exhausted? So here is a quick update on how we are doing and while I collect all my thoughts and assemble them into blog posts:) My…

The Art of Copy Cat

Children learn by copying one another and if you had to go four whole years before you saw your child copy another child consistantly then you would be celebrating every single moment when they did come.  Ready set go! “Princess” has a ribbon Johnny wants one to wear too. She is wearing New Orleans style beads…

Serendipity and My Little Artist

  Johnny’s art was in an art show 3 weeks ago in Iowa City and we owe it all to this little blog that I write.   The “Awesome Art Show” showcased what children and young adults CAN DO instead of what usually happens when you have Autism…what you can’t do. I had written a post…

No Time To Waste ~ Creating His Own Speech Lesson Routine

Johnny is so determined to practice speech that he has created his own routine.   Every morning after breakfast, after his snack after school, and before or after dinner he needs to practice learning how to say words. We have this Baby Einstein book called Baby’s First 100 Words which I have used with him to…

He was just a little boy in Kindergarten

  On Wednesday morning Johnny’s afternoon teacher visited his public school junior kindergarten class to observe, learn, and colloborate with his teachers and Autism team. Johnny had a wonderful morning and made his teacher that has worked with him since February of last year once we got the diagnosis very very proud of him. If…

Little Houdini and the School Bus Adventure

  So my Monday morning began with a call from the bus company that the bus transporting my son to his second school was going to be late because Johnny keeps unbuckling his seat belt and walking around on the school bus.   For safety reasons the driver needs to stop and get him to sit…