Its All About The Cat

“I don’t want the cat sleeping on Mommy’s bed.  I don’t want the cat watching me get on the school bus.  I don’t want the cat going outside.  I don’t want the cat sleeping on my sister’s bed.   I don’t want the cat to go outside and go hunting.  I don’t want the cat…

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…

Look What I Found In His Back Pack!

Look what was inside Johnny’s school bag today!!! An iPad to use at school!!!  2 years of advocating relentlessly to the school, Autism School Services, and to the School Board with Daddy attending monthly Special Services School Board meetings for one year getting to know department chiefs by their first name and making sure they knew…

Gazing Out At Trees Leads To….

 It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen. ~ John Wooden When we were on vacation, Johnny was drawn to the beautiful view from our hotel’s window.  He would stand and gaze out and then say “green trees, forest and buildings.” Later he sat with the iPad drawing App and this…

iPad and Visual Schedules

We started using an App on the iPad called Choiceworks by BeeVisual to make visual schedules on the fly when the situation calls for some inventive creative thinking to avoid misunderstandings and meltdowns.  When we were staying in Cape Cod we realized quickly that we had to help Johnny adjust to his new environment with…

Trees in A Forest – Representation Art for the First Time

Saturday morning Johnny told us “I want to paint” and his little sister got excited and said “I want art!”  So we decided to have a painting fest knowing full well that painting would help give Johnny the sensory feedback he is craving and let him be creative at the same time.  It began with both of…

Serendipity and My Little Artist

  Johnny’s art was in an art show 3 weeks ago in Iowa City and we owe it all to this little blog that I write.   The “Awesome Art Show” showcased what children and young adults CAN DO instead of what usually happens when you have Autism…what you can’t do. I had written a post…

IEP success for my little sensory seeker:)

  You get to learn lots of acronoyms when you have a special needs child and the IEP can be a parent’s ongoing stressful source of aggravation or the ever changing Individual Education Plan that its suppose to be. Johnny has been doing very at school and has intergrated easily into his JK classroom but…

iPad Adventure

November Update~ There is a lot of buzz right now in the special needs community about using iPads, iPod Touch with special apps like Proloquo2Go to help children with Autism to communicate when they are non-verbal. There was also a news story a month ago on 60 minutes about this that has caused quite a…