To Unlearn

Instead of trying to teach awareness and acceptance maybe the answer is to “unlearn.” I recently met up with a friend I haven’t seen since high school and which was many moons ago.  We had a wonderful time reconnecting and philosophizing about life and where it has taken us.  When you sit down with a…

She Deserves A Sticker Too Mommy

We are in the midst of fine tuning potty training with my daughter “Princess” who is 3 and we have created rewards chart that we placed on our fridge for her.  She has a specific number of boxes that she can place a sticker in when she meets an expectation and then she gets to…

Thank You

I wanted to take a moment to thank all of you for taking a little time out of your day and reading my blog. Some of you I know really well and you have known “Johnny” since he was a baby. Some of you are professionals that used to work with Johnny and now stop…

Denial

I think one of the hardest times was when we were in denial about what was happening with Johnny.   He was  our first child so we were on one big learning curve in terms of what is suppose to be typical development.  We heard so many things that we were not sure what to…

Serenading The Classroom

It is October so in the special needs world where I live that means IEP meetings for the new school year.  Individual Education Plans have to be drawn up within the first month of school so informal meetings and phone with teachers who teach my child fill my days.   Last week we had a…

Its Only A Phase….

I cannot tell you how many times I have heard well meaning friends or family say “its only a phase” after seeing a child act a certain way.  I wish it was that simple.  Once we started on this Autism journey we started to learn that its never just a phase and children do things…

Take it out please…. (updated with good news)

Take it out please…. “Mommy Mommy I have got a kernel stuck in my ear.  I need help.  Take it out please.” We were shopping in the produce aisle at the grocery store for Thanksgiving, when Johhny found some ornamental festive corn that you don’t eat but use in decoration fallen to the floor and…

Appropriate play skills or creative and thoughtful?

Appropriate play skills or creative and thoughtful ? That has always been our question and we just got our answer.  What if Johnny was enjoying “mastering skills” and this made him feel good? One of the things that has always bothered my husband and I were the well meaning professionals making assumptions about how Johnny…