Past Triumphs….Let The Words Begin

  Some children who are Autistic are verbal and others never become speakers.  This is one of the harder parts of being a parent raising a child on the spectrum.  As parents, we need to be able to communicate to our child as we raise them so being told during a diagnosis that your child…

Autism Symptoms Now….four years later.

Johnny is 7-1/2 years old now and we cannot believe that 4 years have passed already.  So many hours of speech therapy, OT therapy and then attending parent training courses as well.  I want to make it clear that my son will always be Autistic and as parents we have come to accept that.  So when…

Flashback 4 Years…Autism Symptoms Then

Since its  officially Autism Awareness month and there might be parents reading my blog who are either beginning their journey raising an Autistic child or they are curious and want more information, I thought I’d share this resource material.  Just like every child is born different and are individuals, its is the same for people that…

Pinning Down Autism

  I think sometimes it’s hard pinning down what Autism looks like.   I remember when Johnny was two and he had lost the few words he could say and we were beginning to panic inside,  our family doctor kept saying we will have to get him evaluated for speech delay in a few months but don’t panic….

Let the words begin….

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One year ago today Johnny began using words again when he requested what he wanted. At around 16 to 18 months Johnny lost any language he had learned and only used grunts and pointing to communicate. Imagine hearing your child say “Mama” “Da Da” at the typical times of…

Communication Goes “Both” Ways

When Johnny first started going to Junior Kindergarten I wrote about the “communication gap” that happens between the classroom experience and home here:  https://sunflowercyn.wordpress.com/2011/10/26/what-id-like-to-hear-the-most/  What do you do when you have a child who is essentially non-verbal but who communicates with gestures, some sign language,  and some word approximations and you want to know about…

What I’d like to hear the most

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What did you do at school today? Did you have fun? What made you laugh? What did you not like? Who are you friends with? Why are you sad when I ask this question? We always feel like we are starving for any scraps of info about what…

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…

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….

Stumbling In the Dark

  A lot of times we find we are in the dark and looking for scraps of information about what is happening in Johnny’s life when he is not at home or with his family.  Last night it would have have been nice to have been able to have the same experience as other parents….

IEP meeting and the unexpected

  We had our IEP meeting nearly two weeks ago and we left with the realization that our work has only just begun and it is onging. Johnny is doing well being integrated into a regular Senior Kindergarten classroom.  He transitions well between activities, follows the lead of the other children, tries to do all…

Off day? Um…okay.

He had an “off” day.  Perhaps it was the fact he is getting over a cold.  His upper lip seemed cracked and sore.  He seemed anxious today.  He is tired.  He seemed out of sorts.  He is dumping bins.  He has red cheeks.  He was rubbing his eyes.  He pushed stuff over.  He had the…

I am even more determined then ever…

  ~ “Johnny had an okay day. Johnny was very emotional, kept crying. Took him for walks and read him books which calmed him down for a bit” ~     This is what the EA wrote in Johnny’s daily communication book on Thursday about his morning at school. Wednesday night when we tucked Johnny in he was…

IEP success for my little sensory seeker:)

  You get to learn lots of acronoyms when you have a special needs child and the IEP can be a parent’s ongoing stressful source of aggravation or the ever changing Individual Education Plan that its suppose to be. Johnny has been doing very at school and has intergrated easily into his JK classroom but…

What I’d like to hear the most

What did you do at school today? Did you have fun? What made you laugh? What did you not like? Who are you friends with? Why are you sad when I ask this question? We always feel like we are starving for any scraps of info about what Johnny is doing when he is not…