Communication Goes “Both” Ways

When Johnny first started going to Junior Kindergarten I wrote about the “communication gap” that happens between the classroom experience and home here:  https://sunflowercyn.wordpress.com/2011/10/26/what-id-like-to-hear-the-most/  What do you do when you have a child who is essentially non-verbal but who communicates with gestures, some sign language,  and some word approximations and you want to know about…

What I’d like to hear the most

Originally posted on Everything Under the Sun:
What did you do at school today? Did you have fun? What made you laugh? What did you not like? Who are you friends with? Why are you sad when I ask this question? We always feel like we are starving for any scraps of info about what…

Just Like Sleeping Beauty….

I could hear some little giggles coming from the living room while I was making dinner and I wondered what Johnny was up to. I had turned on a Disney movie that both his little sister and he liked while I tried to quickly make dinner. I snuck a peak through the French glass door…

Thank You

Thank you for stopping and reading about my son’s journey….our journey.  8000 thank you’s 🙂

We Need To Buy More…..

“We need to buy more toilet paper Mommy.” “The toilet is broken. We need to fix it.” “We need to buy more white soap.” Those three sentences now mean to me that I need to keep a closer eye on Johnny when he goes to the bathroom and that he is feeling VERY anxious right…

It’s Broken Mommy

A party favour toy noise maker. It looks innocent enough doesn’t it? . This little horn is powerful enough to bring tears of despair and frustration which could reduce a 5-1/2 year little boy to tears in front of his extended family. Happy Easter. I sat there holding Johnny as he tried to blow out…

Backwards Easter?

“I don’t like the Easter Bunny. Easter is done Mommy. I don’t like Easter. I don’t like the Easter bunny.” That’s what Johnny decided to tell me out of the blue on Monday. I thought you liked the Easter basket, eggs, and bunny you got from the Easter Bunny when we were at Grandmas’s? Johnny…

Joint Attention Is The Golden Nugget

“Joint attention is the shared focus of two individuals on an object. It is achieved when one individual alerts another to an object by means of eye-gazing, pointing or other verbal or non-verbal indications. An individual gazes at another individual, points to an object and then returns their gaze to the individual.” What if your…

The Pledge:)

Originally posted on a diary of a mom:
* This morning, we are headed to Brooke’s school for the fourth grade literacy morning. We will gather in the auditorium with the other parents, then split off to our children’s classrooms to play reading games with the kids. After years of pasting on a smile and…

Johnny has come a long way….

Originally posted on Everything Under the Sun:
  ~ originally written August 2011 It’s been a long time since I wrote an update on our journey with Johnny. Special Pre-school: Johnny really enjoyed his time at the preschool we sent him to. They had volunteers working with him one on one everyday in a happy,…

Two Years Ago

Originally posted on Everything Under the Sun:
Originally written on January 11 2011~ It’s funny how in life how three little words can change your life forever. “I love you” “It’s a boy!” or “Autism Spectrum Disorder”. We received the diagnosis last Tuesday and our lives have been a whirlwind ever since. Why did this…