Halloween Past Present and Future

  I want to BE a firetruck Mommy.” Johnny has always loved firetrucks since he was around two years old.  If we were at a playgroup he would zero in on the only firetruck in the whole room.  If we were visiting a farm with a big giant sandbox filled with diggers and dump trucks,…

Let’s Have A Pretend Birthday Party

  “Let’s have a pretend birthday party.  I want to have a birthday party before bedtime with Daddy, Mommy and Princess.” Whose birthday is it? “It’s Mommy’s!” Johnny brought over the Melissa and Doug birthday block cake and placed it on the table. Then he set the table by getting  little plastic plates and put…

The Santa Claus Myth or Pretend Play On A Grand Scale

~ from December 2013 delay due to storm Johnny loves Christmas and loves Santa Claus.  He loves it when all the Christmas lights go up and the decorations.  He loves all the textures and the colours and how festive everything gets. He loves seeing all the different coloured Christmas lights and how people use them….

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…

Let’s Pretend

“Some spend hours lining up toys in a specific way instead of using them for pretend play.” http://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism/symptoms Right now as I am typing and arranging my thoughts and I can hear my 2-1/2 year old daughter playing with her little yellow hair Rapunzel dollie and her new Lego Cindererella. A minute ago the dolls…