A Funny Thing Happened With Art That Became “Awesome”

  Last weekend Johnny’s paintings were displayed for the third year at the Awesome Autism Awareness Art Project Show in Iowa.  I cannot begin to tell you how proud he is that his artwork is at a show for anyone to look at and admire.  To see his face light up with the biggest smile its…

Reading….bring it on

Originally Written Last Year ~ Senior Kindergarten Year* When Johnny came home from school and we opened his school bag he was eager to look in his backpack.  Johnny was looking for the next reading book that he gets to bring home from school every week. He is so excited about learning to read. Johnny’s…

Pity is….A Four Letter Word

Do you know that awkward feeling you get when someone is making an assumption about you or your life?  Imagine how I feel when it relates to my son.  As a rule I do not let folks know that Johnny is Autistic when he meets new people.  I am not embarrassed or ashamed but rather…

Always Wants To Buy Me Flowers

Every other day he wants to buy me flowers. How can I say no? It happened last year as well he would do that. Last year he did it when he thought I was sad and needed cheering up. Then last spring and summer he would buy me flowers  just to say I love you….

Always Presume Competence

Always Presume Competence is our mantra while we raise our Autistic little boy. A is for Apple B is for banana C is for carriage M is for map M is for maple leaf A is for strawberry Above is what year ago Johnny started doing on his own with the fridge magnets and the magnetic…

Good Friday Conundrum

This is what I had to send a relative….. “Good Friday is a sad day Mommy….Jesus died on the cross that day.” So you can see I am caught between a rock and a hard place because as Grandparents you want to see them as part of Easter before you leave. But….even though the teachers…

Ballet

Last Friday Johnny stayed home with a bad cold.   Normally that would be okay but that day I was caught in a jam because it was Princess’s first ballet class of the spring session and it’s the only one of two where parents and caregivers are allowed to come right into the dance room…

I Want To Be In My Green Zone

“Mommy I feel scared.  I am in my yellow zone.” “Mommy is in her red zone.  I shouldn’t have done that because now Mommy is upset.” “Princess is in her blue zone.  She is sad.  I don’t want her to be sad.” What does this mean?  It is a means of helping a child identify…

She Reminds Me What I Missed Out On

    “Am I glad that I had a *normal* child so that we can experience what we missed?”  That’s what I was asked by someone close to me recently. It felt like one of those important moments that in the end left me a little stunned. It is true that with the birth of…

Acceptance Is Letting Him Make His Own Version Of His Favourite Animal

Today if you see Autism in the media it’s all about “awareness” but I think “acceptance” needs to be talked about more. What does acceptance mean to me? I accept that my Autistic son learns differently and that’s okay. He may approach a task from a different starting point or perspective but that’s okay too….

Love Me If I Am Purple

    Over the last year Johnny has a had a “thing” about the way he looks.  “I want yellow hair Mommy.  I don’t like brown hair.  I want to pull my hair out. I want my  hair the colour of Mommy or Princess.”  Johnny was born with lots of pitch black dark as night…

World Autism Awareness Day

Awareness + Understanding = Acceptance and Celebration My Mother n’law says you hear about Autism all the time now on the radio talk shows and in the news.  I agree it feels like there is a lot of awareness around now about Autism.  I have to admit that I have mixed feelings about that but…