Leading Each Other Out of the Dark

“Sitting back and watching this important friendship bloom in the face of Autism is absolutely heaven.”  * March 20 2014 “I never know when I am going to get the unexpected appearance of maturity or movement forward but when it happens I savour it for how special it is.” One of the best things I…

Ballet Class to be or not to be

We need to change everything up and to also somehow get this ballet adventure back on its wheels so that we can navigate what’s happening with Johnny as well. THIS matters to him so we need to somehow make sure that it matters to all of us as a family. What’s hard sometimes is that…

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…

Thinking About the Sibling of an Autistic Child

The other day I was reading a blog post about a Mom’s very legitimate concerns about what Autism brings to the sibling of an Autistic  child.  I truly understood where she was coming from because it’s one thing as parents that we have the  responsibility for our children but what about siblings to each other?…

Halloween Dance A Thon – Difference An Hour Makes

   This year since Halloween was on a Saturday that meant we would have two days of festivities which translates to an extra day of potential over stimulation. Friday the kids were suppose to wear their costumes at school and then in the afternoon there was a Dance-A-Thon where the kids were raising money to…

Dance A Thon

It’s Halloween and that means it’s Dance A’ Thon time again. Since Johnny was four years old and in Junior Kindergarten, his school has had a Halloween Dance A’ Thon.  School dances are loud and filled with lots of movement and for Johnny his first year he could only be in the gym for 10…

Mommy He Likes To Sniff My Hair

“Mommy…..Michael likes to sniff my hair.” We have a sniffer folks who takes pleasure more then the next person in lovely smells. “I know Michael gets so happy when you and your brother get on the school bus.  Today I saw him turn around in his seat and smile at you and  then keep peaking…

He’s Annoying

  “Mommy the other kids on the bus think that **** is annoying when he gets loud, shouts or cries on the school bus in the morning.” Its been six weeks now since my 4 year old daughter  Princess who is neurotypcial started kindergarten and riding the small bus to school with her brother Johnny….

Grade 2 Begins With Change

  A new school year is always filled with change as students start a new grade and get to know new teachers, but this year has a special beginning. Princess, Johnny’s little sister began Junior Kindergarten this September. She is now in full time all day kindergarten and rides the school bus with her brother…

She Deserves A Sticker Too Mommy

We are in the midst of fine tuning potty training with my daughter “Princess” who is 3 and we have created rewards chart that we placed on our fridge for her.  She has a specific number of boxes that she can place a sticker in when she meets an expectation and then she gets to…

Princess Wants To Go Potty

2 weeks ago my 2 year old daughter, “Princess”,  used her little trainer potty for the first time during her bedtime routine! Yeah! The thing is we didn’t plan on starting potty training right now but while we were in Cape Cod she decided on her own that she wanted to sit on potty like…

The Art of Copy Cat

Children learn by copying one another and if you had to go four whole years before you saw your child copy another child consistantly then you would be celebrating every single moment when they did come.  Ready set go! “Princess” has a ribbon Johnny wants one to wear too. She is wearing New Orleans style beads…

Becoming The Big Brother

  “Momma…Momma” he said with some urgency. We were all sitting at the dinner table tonight when Johnny with a serious voice was trying to get my attention. “Momma….baby. Baby.” I look over at his little sister and she is having a real hard time keeping her eyes open. It was time for Daddy to the…