What if ?

What if when parents find out that their child had Autism that they heard this: You’ve done nothing wrong. You didn’t cause this. You haven’t failed your child. You were given an instruction manual for a Ford and your child is a Ferrari. So, congratulations! Your child is NOT fundamentally different from other children. You…

Unexpected Discoveries At The Christmas Market

Better Late Then Never….from December When speech opens up his world. Our new family tradition is to go to the  European style Christmas Market in the historic neighbourhood downtown.   It’s a beautiful experience with the smell of roasting German sausages, veal schnitzel, pretzels, hot apple cider, maple taffy, poutine, and chilli.  Bonfires are strategically…

It’s Still Christmas?

Two weekends ago we went downtown to celebrate my birthday and we discovered Christmas hiding around a corner.

We Are Going To Talk About Feelings….

Yesterday afternoon…. “We are now going to talk about our feellngs Johnny.  Remember last week we talked about how our engine can run fast, or slow or be just right?” Johnny is in his third session of a 8 week block of a combined OT / SLP therapy at the hospital’s child development centre.  They…

It’s My Life

It’s my life It’s now or never I ain’t gonna live forever I just want to live while I’m alive (It’s my life) Birthdays are times for reflection and hopefully looking forward but this year it seemed it was more of a time of bittersweet reflection. Last year at this time my Dad was receiving…

Tears For School

A week ago I am talking on the phone with my in-laws about the impending snow storm that was suppose to begin Thursday afternoon and continue overnight Friday. It sounded pretty bad so we could count on the school bus to be cancelled for the day but is the school going to be closed? We…

Elbow Juice

Johnny was 3-1/2 when he was diagnosed with Autism and a week before he went in for his developmental assessment he began to start saying some words again.  He gave us the best Christmas gift ever on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day when he said Mama, Dada, orange, juice, and his favourite part of the…

Stuttering

It began at the end of November suddenly and caught me off guard. It was like he was stuck in a sentence and could not get the rest of it out. I had heard him say it before? Right? Johnny went through a period of stuttering or as the professionals call it is having dysfluencies…

Hearts That Bind

Johnny has been having lots of fun at school playing with his friend Elise so I thought I’d help him out last Friday and include a special cookie for both of them to have at snack time. The Educational Assistant wrote: “such a big smile on his face as he gave it to her.” I…

Crayon Fun

Johnny loves to grab some paper and to take out his bin of crayons and draw. Right now when he comes home from school he can hardly wait to pull his latest art out of his back pack. He quickly shows me and then in a flourish treasures the art away onto his art drawer….