Daddy has to go….again.

When a parent has to go out for one evening it can cause anxiety in any child and when a parent travels for business and is gone for a few days it is upsetting for kids. They miss their Mommy or Daddy. When your child has Autism routines and knowing what is expected means everything…

Let’s Play Dress-Up

A BIG FIRST yesterday:) Johnny told me wanted to go upstairs and get Pooh.  He tidied his room and then he called me saying “I want pants for Winnie”.  I told him he could and he chose his fireman pjs. Then “I want hat for Pooh”, then “I want gloves for Pooh”.  “I want socks…I…

iPad and Visual Schedules

We started using an App on the iPad called Choiceworks by BeeVisual to make visual schedules on the fly when the situation calls for some inventive creative thinking to avoid misunderstandings and meltdowns.  When we were staying in Cape Cod we realized quickly that we had to help Johnny adjust to his new environment with…

Princess Wants To Go Potty

2 weeks ago my 2 year old daughter, “Princess”,  used her little trainer potty for the first time during her bedtime routine! Yeah! The thing is we didn’t plan on starting potty training right now but while we were in Cape Cod she decided on her own that she wanted to sit on potty like…

3000+ Views ~ THANK YOU

When I started this blog it was to sort and share thoughts about my little boy so that friends and family can follow him on his journey.  As I read more blogs from other Moms and Dads I realized that by sharing my son’s journey I could reach out and meet other folks in a…

Visual Schedules and so much more

In order to help Johnny become more independent we are creating more visual schedules to be used at home and also replicate some others that are used at school to help him. A CHOICE BOARD is a good way to start. I am hanging this in his bedroom to be used with the various bins of…

PECs I like to use and Visual Schedules

I have found that having visual schedules in my house is a really good way to help my son Johnny who has Autism know what to expect, know what is expected from him/ her and as helpful reminders when trying to learn a lifeskill.  A good friend who works in the early child education field taught…

Days of Our Lives ~ Missing Grandpa

Last Monday afternoon I had an unexpected emotional experience regarding grief and children.  Johnny is in camp half days on Mondays so after lunch we had playtime inside for awhile letting him have a chance to relax and play with his trains.  I was tired from the heat outside and saw the time and thought…

Dentist

  A year ago we began taking Johnny to a dentist at a hospital that specializes in caring for people with disabilities. He really liked the hospital, the gigantic waiting area with the enormous fish tank for him to gaze at and he seemed to like the intern dentist and hygienist. He had been doing some…

Our New Best Friend ~ The Glo-Clock

I don’t usually share products on my blog but I had to pass on this helpful idea from another Mom who I met at my little girl’s playgroup. Her son is two and has some sleep issues, waking up a lot during the night etc and she found out about the Glo-Clock that comes from…

Trees in A Forest – Representation Art for the First Time

Saturday morning Johnny told us “I want to paint” and his little sister got excited and said “I want art!”  So we decided to have a painting fest knowing full well that painting would help give Johnny the sensory feedback he is craving and let him be creative at the same time.  It began with both of…

Summer Camp ~ Let the Fun Begin

  Johnny started going to summer camp this past week for the second summer in row. He loved his experience last year so much that we thought we wouldn’t change things up. A nursery/preschool offers an integrated camp 5 mornings a week with a ratio of camper to teacher 4:1. Then on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursday…

Tantrum vs Autism Meltdown

Now that I have a second child that is “neuro-typical” and is entering the “terrible twos” I really see the difference between having a tantrum and an Autism Meltdown.  Johnny was a happy even-tempered baby so it came as a big surprise to us that after he turned two he would get REALLY upset so easily….