Autism Checklist ~ What You Need To Know

  Awareness brings understanding and understanding brings compassion. Originally shared April 16 2012  Source: Autism Checklist ~ What You Need To Know 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…

Tears For Recess

*tissue warning* Last year….. “I feel alone Mommy…..” “Mommy I am not sure I like the south yard anymore. “. Last spring,  Johnny found out that after Grade 2 he would move from the little kids yard to the big kids yard.  He was so exited and this would make his little sister sad and worried…

Riding The Emotional Rollercoaster of Meltdowns and Autism

I have been noticing that many people find my blog as they try to learn more about Autism and particularly  about the differences between meltdowns and tantrums.    I shared a  blog post from  four years ago on March 20 2013 about a moment in one day and how hard it can be:  “There is…

After All Is A Name Important?

  It bothers me that Johnny never had a say in what he should be called at school.  I was told in Johnny’s Junior Kindergarten year that John was easier for him to learn to say, to spell, and for his peers to say but it won’t stick.  I was very uncomfortable with this but I…

“I want to stay here” ~ Time To Go Back

“Mamma I want to stay here. Mamma I want to stay with baby. I done school.” It didn’t sound perfect but I understood what my little 4 year old boy was trying to convey to me.  School was hard.  Kindergarten was hard.  Being non-verbal in kindergarten was hard.  Being not understood at school was hard….

What You See Is What You Get 

          If you are coping are you learning?  So if you are  just sitting in class “attending” to the teacher which means eyes on the teacher,  body facing the teacher,  hands on desk,  feet on floor,  quiet hands,  and appearing to be listening does that mean you are learning?    When…

Pumpkin Patch Treasure ~ Look Back

Originally posted on Everything Under the Sun:
? When I picked Johnny up at school after the school kindergarten field trip to the farm,  the EA told me that his backpack was extra heavy because the children were allowed to pick out a pumpkin in the patch and bring one home.  Farm visit post here: http://wp.me/p1KVmo-E0…

Speech Therapist Surprise

    Today I’m speechless.  A speech pathologist from the school board who has accompanied some of my son’s regular Autism SLP visit a number of times commented about how incredible he’s doing and she how she can’t get over the leap he’s made with regards to speech. I am very happy about this but at…

Hiding Autism

    What if you were afraid to let anyone know that your child has Autism?  What if the family doctor says:   “He can speak, he can read really well, he is very smart and intelligent but just flops and has some social skill and sensory issues but otherwise no one would really know…

Math Eruption

In  Grade 2,  Johnny was struggling and didn’t like doing his Math work at school.  He did it but it took a lot of motivating.  He could do Grade 2 geometry and enjoyed measurements, and he enjoyed working on predicting patterns and sequences but the concepts of addition and subtraction were not working out for him.  He…

Meaningful Learning

    The beginning of another school year means preparing for IEP’s again so that Johnny can have a successful year of learning.    We have to think about what that will look like for Johnny and how do we advocate for his needs.   As he goes through the “Grade levels”  in school my…

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,…

Turtle Trouble

“My turtle is not working.  Fix it Daddy.” Its 1:30am in the middle of the night and Johnny is in our room.  Like most parents the first thing that comes to our minds as parents is he’s having a nightmare or he’s feeling sick. Our minds race as we try to come out of a…

Stop That Lower Lip

      I like to be overly expressive with my facial cues so that Johnny can learn to quickly and correctly identify what I am feeling so that he can do that with friends and family and get better at social situations.  One of things I do is if I’m sad or I am…

He’s got skills or is it the girl?

Yesterday while I was waiting to pick up Johnny  from school I hung out at the back of the classroom.  One of the Education Assistants wanted to share with me how amazing Johnny was today.  There was a Grade 1 student who visited the ASD classroom to see if it was the right fit for her…

IBI Therapy ~ To Be or Not to Be Redux

“I am happy and proud of his progress but disappointed in a system that makes promises about early childhood intervention but has children on wait lists for the therapy and programs that can help him.  ” … Source: IBI Therapy ~ To Be or Not to Be I wrote this 4 years ago after my…

Its All About How He Shows It

  What I have learned from my Autistic son from the time that he was a toddler to now (almost 9 and in Grade 3) is its all a matter of “showing what you know.”  It sounds simple doesn’t it?  Its like when you were in school and solving a math question and the teacher…

Visual Schedules and Why They Are Still Important

Last year in Grade 2 Johnny really “went with the flow” and followed along with the routines in the classroom.  He paid attention and watched his peers for clues on what to do next.  Is it recess time?  Is it lineup time? Is it reading time?  The Grade 2 teacher was very proud that he…

Special Message To My Son’s Teachers

  I wanted to take a moment and thank the educators  and professionals who have worked with my son and those who work with him today.   Some of you follow my blog to keep up on his progress and others might stumble upon my musings in a happy accident.  So thank you to wonderful and…

He Was Born This Way

*Takes a deep breathe as I prepare to dive into the deep end of the Autism and Vaccines debate* I remember it was 3 years ago and I was sitting on a bench at one of our favourite neighbourhood spots one day after one of Princess’s activities when another Mom with her twins from the same activity were coming out…

Mommy Has Friends….

I was teaching Johnny how to read his latest library book last night called “Yo Yes” by Chris Raschka about friendship when he suddenly got sad when we were on this page in the book.  The book is about a little boy who is sad because he has no friends.  Johnny touched my face and said,…

“I want to stay here” ~ Time To Go Back

Like so many other parents when Spring Break is coming to a close they hear the words “I don’t wanna go back. I don’t want to go to school.” Johnny got very emotional if we mentioned school and would yell “no” but who knew the emotions and anxieties of returning to his school routine would…