Pumpkin Patch Treasure Re-dux

  Somethings never change and Johnny’s love for pumpkins other then orange still has not.    Johnny  might say that he doesn’t like the word different but instead of picking orange pumpkins at the pumpkin patch,  he has to be on the lookout for the only green one.  He is a little boy on a mission….

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…

I Am An Actress

I am an actress.  I never set out to being one.   I somehow fell into it.  It was a way to protect myself,  my family, and most especially my son.   My Autistic son who for half of his life was nonverbal.  How is Johnny doing? I think that when you are a parent of…

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…

Mother

  When I look over and see Johnny with a big smile on his face and laughing about something I think of “her.”   When Princess stops and looks at flowers at the neighbourhood corner store I think of “her” showing me how to plant flowers in the flower beds with “her.”   When Johnny…

5 Years Later Autism Spectrum Disorder

Today is World Autism Awareness Day and April is Autism Awareness  Acceptance Month.  It’s been 5 years since Johnny received his diagnosis that he had Autism Spectrum Disorder.  What a learning curve we have all been on.  What is Autism?  I like to think of it as a different way of thinking, being and processing because…

More Boy On the Bus ~ Pt 2/4

Previously on “The Boy On the Bus,”….. Another morning getting on the school bus and another bright spot to start the day.  Johnny got on the bus first like he always does and greets his buddy Michael and heads to his seat.  But this morning,  John decided to reach out and grab my daughter Princess’s hand…

The Boy On the Bus ~ Pt 1/4

At the beginning of January after Christmas holidays,  an amazing thing happened on the morning school bus that I want to share. Its a story about never giving up on hope,  that all kids move forward and progress in their own way.  The following tale is very different from what happened 2 years ago on…

Thinking About the Sibling of an Autistic Child

The other day I was reading a blog post about a Mom’s very legitimate concerns about what Autism brings to the sibling of an Autistic  child.  I truly understood where she was coming from because it’s one thing as parents that we have the  responsibility for our children but what about siblings to each other?…

It Wasn’t What I Thought I Was Going To Be

  The day after my birthday and I have been left with a lot to think about.  I had lots of wonderful birthday wishes from friends and family from far and wide and local.  My husband decorated, got me much appreciated thoughtful gifts, lovely special cupcakes from the bakery, as a family we all went…

Ash Wednesday Redux

  “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?” This is the text I received from Johnny’s teacher last year.  I was so surprised but immensely proud that he has decided to…

What Do You Feel Like? 

After the big Christmas school concert, we were collecting the kids and saying our good byes.  Johnny’s teachers and EA’s were there and getting him organized to go.  Johnny wanted to know what we were doing now and I said we needed to get some dinner for Daddy because he came straight from work to…

1-100 Totally Unassisted

When I opened up Johnny’s back pack this is what I found tucked inside. His EA (classroom support worker or para) had written across the bottom “totally unassisted.”  He wrote the numbers in sequential order from one to hundred all by himself in the tiny boxes that his teacher provided all by himself.  We were…

While we were away

Baptism, reading out loud in front of the school, making friends, First Communion, deciding that he wanted his own birthday party with school friends,  getting his invitations out, turning 8, going to New York City for a week, sitting through his first Broadway musical three hours in the theater at night, finishing Grade 2, speech…

What’s in a name?

  What’s in a name? that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet; So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call’d, Retain that dear perfection which he owes Without that title. Romeo, doff thy name; And for that name, which is no part of thee, Take all myself.  Rom.        I…

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…

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…

Autism Spectrum Disorder…What Happens Now?

re-post from my blog about what happened to us as parents when we received the diagnosis for our son and then the plan of actions we needed to come up with to help him.  Repost: http://wp.me/p1KVmo-c Originally written on January 11 2011~ It’s funny how in life how three little words can change your life forever. “I love you” “It’s…

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…

He was there even when I was not sure he was

  It’s World Autism Awareness Day and this is Autism and acceptance to me and my family I confess that there were times I was not sure if my Autistic child understood what was happening?  When a child is non-verbal and isn’t acting the expected way that a child would about something,  many times there is…

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…

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…

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…

Celebrating Completing 100 Days of School

“When I Am A Hundred Years Old” I head into the school for another “Parent Teacher’s Night” to discuss Johnny and Princess’s recent report cards and their progress.  I am a few minutes early for the first teacher, so I stand outside the classroom and see if I can find any of Johnny’s Grade 2 work displayed…

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…

He’s Never Been Shy

Psst…I have a little secret I’d like to share with you.  Johnny has never been a shy little boy.  Our nick name for him  is “Rock Star” because he loves to be the centre of attention.  Why were people assuming he was shy because he would not speak to them? When your child doesn’t say…

Cuddles and Pancakes

It’s Sunday, I gaze outside and we have had more snow. Do I take Johnny to Mass (church) ? I can hear the kids waking up and giggling about what stuffed animals to bring into our bedroom and who will be first. I can’t help but smile and cherish this time. Hearing Johnny tease his…