Back To School and The Battle of the Distracters

One month into school and things have been going well except for one thing.  Johnny trying to get used to the very busy schedule of Grade 3, the new teacher and classroom, and trying to become more independent. I was on twitter when I saw this great resource posted about BRAIN DISTRACTORS. One of the…

Personal Space Issues

Personal space issues Overcoming personal space issues is one of the biggest hurdles Johnny is facing right now. Because of the social challenges he doesn’t know when he’s crossing the line and why some of his friends are acting the way they are.  They go to their teacher and myself when they see me and…

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…

How To Spot A Meltdown

I saw this great resource the other day on twitter shared by @ONTSpecialNeeds: Know the difference between between tantrum vs. meltdown. pic.twitter.com/JwJAR4aSYN — ONTSpecialNeeds (@ONTSpecialNeeds) January 18, 2015 I’ve noticed over the past year that any posts that I have done regarding tantrums and meltdowns have been popular so I am going to try and…

Grade Two Visual Schedules

I thought I’d share what Johnny’s visuals look like at school to help him move through the Grade 2 program each day as well as move back and forth between two academic classrooms, gym and music classes and recess.   Johnny to this day likes his days to be structured and if there is no…

The History of Autism

A very kind reader sent me this informative link to the “History of a Autism” from the Master’s in Special Education website. Thank you Tayshia 🙂 I am not sure I feel comfortable with the words “symptoms” when describing Autism or the parents in the illustration trying to interact with their child through a large…

Tantrum vs Autism Meltdown

Now that I have a second child that is “neuro-typical” and is entering the “terrible twos” I really see the difference between having a tantrum and an Autism Meltdown.  Johnny was a happy even-tempered baby so it came as a big surprise to us that after he turned two he would get REALLY upset so easily….

See Autism through her eyes

  Have you heard of Carly? If you haven’t you should if you know someone with Autism.  Carly Fleischmann is a 17 year old Canadian girl with severe Autism and Apraxia but she is an inspiration as she strongly advocates for children getting to find their inner voice. She has just released a book co-written…

Autism Checklist ~ What You Need To Know

  Awareness brings understanding and understanding brings compassion. April is Autism Awareness Month and I think its important for friends and family to know what the symptoms of Autism look like to place someone on the autism spectrum. Yes at one point our son did nearly all of this but with early intervention things are…