Characteristics of Autism

I found this very informative chart about Autism that may help answer some questions. Please share this information chart in order to help spread awareness about developmental delays and what Autism can look like. My son has many of these characteristics: Inappropriate laughing or giggling: YES No real fear of dangers: YES Apparent insensitivity to…

Star Marks The Spot

It’s Springtime and the city work crews and demarcation teams from gas, water, and telephone are busily marking up the city sidewalks to get ready to carve them up again to do more work. Sidewalk after sidewalk the cement is getting more colourful on our walking routes. Johnny is fascinated by all the colours and…

Just Being There

We recently celebrated Johnny’s Daddy’s birthday and the family were gathering for his birthday dinner at an authentic Italian pizzeria with a wood burning oven. It is a new place that we haven’t been to before so lots of distractions and new things to intrigue and fascinate Johnny. Chandeliers made out of stainless steel pot…

Riding The Emotional Rollercoaster

There is an element of control when there are schedules and routines in place and its the unexpected surprises that bring a feeling of “out of control” that leads to anxiety. A series of moments that seem unconnected and nonsensical on the surface that lead to a rollercoaster of emotions that I find myself having…

His Own Bag of Sensory Tricks

Johnny has always been my sensory seeker. He loves to run his hands over things and enjoy the different textures and how they feel. He loves colours and how some things sparkle as well. He has a sensory table at school that was created by his Autism Support Teacher last year that has bins of…

It’s Time To Speak Up

On Friday morning, Johnny’s Daddy wrote a letter of concern to the Manager in charge of transportation at the school district and copied it to the Principal and Johnny’s school Autism team. i thought i would share an excerpt from it here on my blog to encourage other parents to follow their instincts and express…

It Happened On The Bus

“There was a spitting incident on the bus” *Yesterday* I cringed and my heart sunk as I thought we have gone so long without any incidents on any of the bus routes. Actually we haven’t had anything happen this school year at all and its March now and Johnny is on at least three different…

I Want To Make A Baba Marta

*This post is dedicated to “Johnny’s” Bulgarian relatives*   “I want to make a Baba Marta at school with Mrs.******” Johnny’s Daddy’s Grandfather was from Bulgaria and over the last 5 years we have connected with his family and learned all about Bulgarian traditions.  From March 1st to the end of March there is the…

Tackling and Wrestling Spelling

Johnny has started to tackle spelling at school but we have run into some bumps. He is very eager to learn to read, spell and write but the combination of Autism, sensory, and Apraxia of Speech together challenge everyone working with him to find other ways to teach him and find other ways for him…