Pearls of Wisdom

    “We all need people in our lives who raise our standards, remind us of our essential purpose, and challenge us to become the best version of ourselves.”    I think that some of the best advice and news about different programs that I didn’t have any idea about have come from random moments,…

Ash Wednesday And The Little Boy Who Could

  One afternoon, four weeks ago, I get a text from Johnny’s EA (Educational Assistant) “Johnny wants to read this on February 18th for Ash Wednesday in front of the school, can you practice with him till he has it down to a fine art please?” I am a tad shocked and quickly text her back and…

Reading….bring it on

Originally Written Last Year ~ Senior Kindergarten Year* When Johnny came home from school and we opened his school bag he was eager to look in his backpack.  Johnny was looking for the next reading book that he gets to bring home from school every week. He is so excited about learning to read. Johnny’s…

Always Presume Competence

Always Presume Competence is our mantra while we raise our Autistic little boy. A is for Apple B is for banana C is for carriage M is for map M is for maple leaf A is for strawberry Above is what year ago Johnny started doing on his own with the fridge magnets and the magnetic…

What We Did In The Kindergarten Years

A few weeks ago I was asked to be part of a workshop for parents of special needs children specifically Autism regarding the transition from preschool to kindergarden at Johnny’s former preschool.  I wrote about it here http://wp.me/p1KVmo-1xT  and here http://wp.me/p1KVmo-1y5 I’ve had a few questions over the last 2 years about this on my blog…

Stuttering

It began at the end of November suddenly and caught me off guard. It was like he was stuck in a sentence and could not get the rest of it out. I had heard him say it before? Right? Johnny went through a period of stuttering or as the professionals call it is having dysfluencies…

Speech Therapy and Progress for Apraxia

We have now completed our fourth session of PROMPT therapy and Johnny is now able to really close his mouth on the final consonant of a word. Before he could say the vowels and miss the first letter of a word or he would not finish saying a word completely because he didn’t completely close…

“It’s Hard” – Speech Therapy and PROMPT

We were in the middle of our third Prompt Speech Therapy session when Johnny started tearing up and quickly rubbing his hand fast across his eyes to hide or stop the tears. “Why are you crying love?” Daddy. “But Daddy is okay and is only at work. What is really bothering you?” Johnny climbs into…

Autism In Big Flashing Neon Letters

  Some days are just plain disappointing.  You know the days when you can see your child really fighting to keep some of the Autism symptoms at bay but he is  fighting a losing battle.  It always seems to be the day when you want someone to see your child for who they are and…

Apraxia of Speech Is The Answer

Children with Autism do learn to communicate but not all will be able to learn to speak.  Some children with Autism learn to speak by memorizing phrases and scripts of shows or movies and then repeating them over and over without understanding what they are really saying ~ this is called Echolalia.  Sometimes the cold…