After All Is A Name Important?

  It bothers me that Johnny never had a say in what he should be called at school.  I was told in Johnny’s Junior Kindergarten year that John was easier for him to learn to say, to spell, and for his peers to say but it won’t stick.  I was very uncomfortable with this but I…

Not Seven….

      What is it about certain numbers?  He just doesn’t like certain numbers and if he hears them he will interrupt.  At first I would just try to ignore it and hope that it would be something that would pass and not become something that would embed it self into our daily lives….

“I want to stay here” ~ Time To Go Back

“Mamma I want to stay here. Mamma I want to stay with baby. I done school.” It didn’t sound perfect but I understood what my little 4 year old boy was trying to convey to me.  School was hard.  Kindergarten was hard.  Being non-verbal in kindergarten was hard.  Being not understood at school was hard….

He’s a BAD boy

“He’s a BAD boy” the little girl in Johnny’s class says very loudly while we are all sitting around the lunch tables at the Pumpkin Patch farm. Silence. (…) Johnny is not doing these things just to be BAD. He is trying to communicate, get attention and sometimes he is stimming. It is time to…

Becoming The Big Brother

“This morning really early I heard our daughter saying “Johnny” really loud and I called out for her to back to sleep. I heard the flutter of little feet on the hard wood floor. She sleeps in a crib still. It seems that big brother wanted to play.” Originally posted on March 7 2012 Flash…

Is Your Daughter Autistic Too?

  Is your daughter autistic too? Now that’s a question to wake you up pretty fast on a Wednesday morning when you drop your kids off at school (….) What about Princess?  What do I teach her?  What if other children ask her questions about her brother?  What does she say?  I feel guilty putting this…

Love Me If I Am Purple

I’ve been thinking a lot about self care, loving oneself and self esteem and I keep thinking about how if you go through life finding so many situations confusing what does that do to your perceptions of who you are? It made me think about how at times my son expresses things he doesn’t like…

Pinning Down Autism

I think sometimes it’s hard pinning down what Autism looks like.   I remember when Johnny was two and he had lost the few words he could say and we were beginning to panic,  our family doctor kept saying we will have to get him evaluated for speech delay in a few months but don’t panic. “Sometimes boys…

Autism & Learning ~ A Handy Reference

I discovered this online credit to Online College.org *Please share* to spread awareness and acceptance Source: Autism & Learning ~ A Handy Reference

He was there even when I was not sure he was

 “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 an assumption that the child is lacking the ability to understand.   I was guilty of this…

What if ?

What if when parents find out that their child had Autism that they heard this: You’ve done nothing wrong. You didn’t cause this. You haven’t failed your child. You were given an instruction manual for a Ford and your child is a Ferrari. So, congratulations! Your child is NOT fundamentally different from other children. You…