Visual Memory and His Love of Giverny

For Autism Awareness Month, I wanted to share a story regarding Johnny being a visual learner and his incredible memory. The other day I saw some pictures on Twitter of Monet’s famous water lily paintings and Johnny was looking over my shoulder and said, “Mommy that’s Giverny.” I asked him, “Who painted those?” and he answered “Monet…

Making New Visual Schedules To Promote Independence

One of my big goals is to help my son become more independent.  I make lists all the time on Evernote to keep track of things to do this month, this week or for that day.  I feel better if I have check lists especially if there are so many little things I need to…

Meltdown or Tantrum? Its Important to Understand the Difference

  Is it just a tantrum or is it a meltdown?  This is probably one of the most popular searches or hits for my blog. When it comes to Autism, self regulation and figuring out the triggers are major challenges for the whole family.  The OT that works with my son and consults with the…

Special Message To My Son’s Teachers

  I wanted to take a moment and thank the educators  and professionals who have worked with my son and those who work with him today.   Some of you follow my blog to keep up on his progress and others might stumble upon my musings in a happy accident.  So thank you to wonderful and…

Autism Talent Evening for Autism Awareness

Last week as part of Autism Awareness Day,  there was a talent night highlighting what Autistic children can do and celebrating and nurturing talents at the school boards central office.  Some of Johnny’s paintings were displayed at the show.   He was so proud but wanted to get them back because he painted them for…

Past Triumphs….Let The Words Begin

  Some children who are Autistic are verbal and others never become speakers.  This is one of the harder parts of being a parent raising a child on the spectrum.  As parents, we need to be able to communicate to our child as we raise them so being told during a diagnosis that your child…

Being A Toddler and Autism… “Step Into My Shoes”

  Its another day in Autism Awareness Month and I thought I’d share a post from that I’ve reblogged about Tantrums vs Meltdowns and how we experience it as a family.  When I look at the stats page on WordPress, the most often search for terms that brings people to my blog is meltdowns and…

Autism Symptoms Now….four years later.

Johnny is 7-1/2 years old now and we cannot believe that 4 years have passed already.  So many hours of speech therapy, OT therapy and then attending parent training courses as well.  I want to make it clear that my son will always be Autistic and as parents we have come to accept that.  So when…

Autism Spectrum Disorder…What Happens Now?

re-post from my blog about what happened to us as parents when we received the diagnosis for our son and then the plan of actions we needed to come up with to help him.  Repost: http://wp.me/p1KVmo-c 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…

Flashback 4 Years…Autism Symptoms Then

Since its  officially Autism Awareness month and there might be parents reading my blog who are either beginning their journey raising an Autistic child or they are curious and want more information, I thought I’d share this resource material.  Just like every child is born different and are individuals, its is the same for people that…

He was there even when I was not sure he was

  It’s World Autism Awareness Day and this is Autism and acceptance to me and my family I confess that there were times I was not sure if my Autistic child understood what was happening?  When a child is non-verbal and isn’t acting the expected way that a child would about something,  many times there is…

World Autism Awareness Day

Originally posted on Everything Under the Sun:
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…