Visual Memory and His Love of Giverny

For Autism Awareness Month, I wanted to share a story regarding Johnny being a visual learner and his incredible memory. The other day I saw some pictures on Twitter of Monet’s famous water lily paintings and Johnny was looking over my shoulder and said, “Mommy that’s Giverny.” I asked him, “Who painted those?” and he answered “Monet…

Autism Talent Evening for Autism Awareness

Last week as part of Autism Awareness Day,  there was a talent night highlighting what Autistic children can do and celebrating and nurturing talents at the school boards central office.  Some of Johnny’s paintings were displayed at the show.   He was so proud but wanted to get them back because he painted them for…

The Winter Woods

  Above is a painting done by my son Johnny that he calls, “The Winter Woods.”  He has painted the stark, barren trees reflecting in the water of the frozen pond.  It is a reminder of the days we leave behind as Spring arrives.  He painted this the day we learned of the tragic loss of…

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…

Happy St. Valentine’s

For Valentine’s Day instead of giving out ready-made Valentine’s Day cards I like to combine my kids love of being creative with building their fine motor skills. When Johnny was 3, one of the Valentine’s Day projects at Preschool was to use a pastry paper doily, shiny stickers, glue and cut out hearts to make…

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…

Crayon Fun

Johnny loves to grab some paper and to take out his bin of crayons and draw. Right now when he comes home from school he can hardly wait to pull his latest art out of his back pack. He quickly shows me and then in a flourish treasures the art away onto his art drawer….

The One With The Bees….

One of Johnny’s favourite cartoon movies to watch is a collection of  Winnie the Pooh classics.  His absolute favourite scene is when Winnie is obsessed with getting honey out of the bee hive and develops plan to get up and into the honey tree. “I want to watch the one with the bees!” Winnie rolls around…

Christmas Lights and Plugs

*Painting Christmas Lights* Johnny has always loved looking at Christmas lights. He loves the colours, the glow, the sparkle, the twinkles and the shininess of them. He likes the way they change when they are are off and then when they are turned on again. He likes to watch us bring out the strings and…

The Green Room

Johnny sat down at the dinning room table much like any other evening and wanted to draw with his crayons. We didn’t know this night was going to be different. He went and got his “Goodnight Moon” book and opened it on the table and showed his Daddy he was going to draw “this page.”…

Talking, Writing and Drawing

Some big positive changes are happening with Johnny right now re: talking, writing and drawing. At first glance you might see a lot of lines or scribbles but Johnny is holding the crayons in the adult grasp (2 first fingers and thumb) instead of his fist and this is a big step forward and hard…

He drew ME !

  We were sitting around the table with paper and crayons when Johnny started drawing his favourite subject trees. It is Fall and lots of yellow and red leaves falling from the big maple trees. “I’m drawing trees. Red trees.” Big smiles. “A green tree and a yellow tree.” Then Johnny grabbed the red crayon…

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…

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…

Learning To Draw

Tonight Johnny wanted to learn how to draw flowers and Mommy showed him how to draw flowers. Johnny loves scribbling with crayons and markers and exploring colour with painting.  He gets a lot of sensory feedback from this plus he loves to see what happens when the colour hits the paper and gets manipulated around and what…

DIY Sensory Fun For Those Rainy April Days

Last summer Johnny attended his first summer camp (which he loved) and they made sure that the children got to have lots of fun “sensory experiences” including combining art,sensory, and fine motor skill practice. I thought I’d share some of his summer camp projects so that on rainy spring days and you are looking for…

Christmas Letter 2011

      It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. ~ Charles Dickens. 2011 was our roller coaster year full of incredible moments and sobering reality. Began the year with Johnny at 3 years old beginning to use words again to communicate after losing all acquired language by 18 months….