Reading the Social Cues

“I don’t think she understands me Mommy.” That was the beginning of an unexpected conversation last night.  Johnny has some friends at school that he’ll play with when he wants to play and usually most of them are girls. So immediately he had my attention when I heard this because of the fact that he was…

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…

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…

Just Like The Grade 2’s

  I hear the sound of laughter and excitement and the front doors of the school open and child after child follows their teacher outside for recess.  I hold my breathe and as promised,  I see him scampering threw the front doors of the school just like all the other grade twos ahead of him….

A Pile Of Leaves

  I saw a big pile of leaves that just beckoned to the kids to run and jump in.  It was Mother Nature’s version of a giant ball pit playroom that is in every Ikea.  Johnny was having a challenging time after a very busy week and we thought what a great opportunity to throw…

Dance A Thon

It’s Halloween and that means it’s Dance A’ Thon time again. Since Johnny was four years old and in Junior Kindergarten, his school has had a Halloween Dance A’ Thon.  School dances are loud and filled with lots of movement and for Johnny his first year he could only be in the gym for 10…

Halloween Past Present and Future

  I want to BE a firetruck Mommy.” Johnny has always loved firetrucks since he was around two years old.  If we were at a playgroup he would zero in on the only firetruck in the whole room.  If we were visiting a farm with a big giant sandbox filled with diggers and dump trucks,…

Rock Star

“Hi Johnny!!!! Over here!!!! Hello Johnny! JOHNNY JOHNNY!!!” This morning began with me feeling anxious after getting a call that the school bus couldn’t pick the kids up this morning to leaving Johnny and Princess’s school with a smile on my face.  You see my little guy has a thing for the girls and they…

Surfers Healing ~ First time Surfing

  On August 18th 2014, my son Johnny had an amazing opportunity along with a whole bunch of other Autistic children to  go out on the waves and try surfing with a professional surfer.   He had tried paddle boarding last summer when Surfers Healing came to our home city last year which was a nice…

Laser Tag Birthday Invite

  I am emptying Johnny’s back pack and a white envelope that is like the kind you find invitations in falls to the floor. I immediately know it’s a birthday invite for Johnny. Later I show Johnny and I tell him I found it in his bag. He said his EA (education assistant)  put it…

Let’s Have A Pretend Birthday Party

  “Let’s have a pretend birthday party.  I want to have a birthday party before bedtime with Daddy, Mommy and Princess.” Whose birthday is it? “It’s Mommy’s!” Johnny brought over the Melissa and Doug birthday block cake and placed it on the table. Then he set the table by getting  little plastic plates and put…

He Always Finds The Fountains….

  Johnny’s little sister Princess finally had him convinced that it was time to go hunting for fountains and the race was on. He had heard the trickle of spraying water and now she couldn’t keep up as she yelled, “Johnny wait for me.” Water has always been calming to Johnny and a source of…

Somebody Got To Ice Skate!

I have a good news story to report. Johnny was skating with his grade one class on Monday morning. He told us he was so excited to do it and I couldn’t wait to surprise him at the outdoor public park and watch him.  You can read here about how he wasn’t allowed to go…

He Didn’t Get To Go Skating

What do you do when you find out that the ice skating field trip to the neighbourhood park around the corner from the school that your Autistic child was very excited about happened but he didn’t get to go? Well I went from being extremely angry to a part of me wanting to cry because…

First Time Ice Skating…. Just One Of The Kids

From Dec 21 2013 I could write endlessly on my blog about the need for “acceptance” and “inclusion” regarding children with disablities  but the pictures Johnny’s EA texted me show real acceptance and love. The faces of his Grade 1 peers joyously all clambering to be in the picture and surround Johnny before they get…

Appropriate play skills or creative and thoughtful?

Appropriate play skills or creative and thoughtful ? That has always been our question and we just got our answer.  What if Johnny was enjoying “mastering skills” and this made him feel good? One of the things that has always bothered my husband and I were the well meaning professionals making assumptions about how Johnny…

Why I bought him a Cinderella doll

It started with Johnny checking out his sisters’s Disney Princess castle. It was pink like a lot of things for little girls but it has a “cause-and-effect” piece where you put the Princess Cinderella or Snow White into the slot and she talks or sings a song.  After hearing what happens Johnny did this over…

Star Marks The Spot

It’s Springtime and the city work crews and demarcation teams from gas, water, and telephone are busily marking up the city sidewalks to get ready to carve them up again to do more work. Sidewalk after sidewalk the cement is getting more colourful on our walking routes. Johnny is fascinated by all the colours and…

Hearts That Bind

Johnny has been having lots of fun at school playing with his friend Elise so I thought I’d help him out last Friday and include a special cookie for both of them to have at snack time. The Educational Assistant wrote: “such a big smile on his face as he gave it to her.” I…

Let’s Pretend

“Some spend hours lining up toys in a specific way instead of using them for pretend play.” http://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism/symptoms Right now as I am typing and arranging my thoughts and I can hear my 2-1/2 year old daughter playing with her little yellow hair Rapunzel dollie and her new Lego Cindererella. A minute ago the dolls…

A Funny Thing Happened At The OT

  I have started taking Johnny to an Occupational Therapist to help with sensory integration, self-regulation, motor planning, body awareness and increase his gross and fine motor skills. Two weeks ago we did the assessment and right away Johnny bonded with the therapist and even gave her a hug at the end when I said…

I can’t believe he did this…..

We were leaving the fair when Johnny’s Daddy turned to me and said “I want to do THAT ride.  Can I?.”  Daddy quickly lets the children know and then quickly goes to get on THIS ride before we leave.  Johnny quickly hugs me and says “bye” and goes to follow Daddy.  He wants to do…

Curious

The other day I was watching Curious George movie with Johnny and Princess. There is a part in the movie where George ventures into this white apartment of an opera singer who left cans of paint open in the middle of her living room. George can’t resist checking out the beautiful colors and begins to…

An Innocent Question….do you want to play?

We were sitting at Johnny’s favourite spot in our neighbourhood, a plaza with a fountain and statue that he finds relaxing and peaceful.  We were approached by a little boy who says, “I know you.  You rode the school bus with me and you were in Mrs. …….. class.”  I had to get Johnny’s attention…

Let’s Play Dress-Up

A BIG FIRST yesterday:) Johnny told me wanted to go upstairs and get Pooh.  He tidied his room and then he called me saying “I want pants for Winnie”.  I told him he could and he chose his fireman pjs. Then “I want hat for Pooh”, then “I want gloves for Pooh”.  “I want socks…I…

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…

What Is It About Amusement Parks?

The need for speed, going fast, spinning, lights, colours, laughter and lots of movement. Even when he was a baby he loved being on the baby swings for an extended period of time and would cry if we took him out too soon.  We started taking Johnny on rides  at an amusement park when he…

The Art of Copy Cat

Children learn by copying one another and if you had to go four whole years before you saw your child copy another child consistantly then you would be celebrating every single moment when they did come.  Ready set go! “Princess” has a ribbon Johnny wants one to wear too. She is wearing New Orleans style beads…

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…

Tucking In…let’s pretend.

Pretend is a big milestone when it comes to Autism. I asked Johnny to start getting ready to go upstairs for bed and he ran back into the living room. There was something he had to do. He had to tuck his sister’s baby doll to sleep with a blanket. We went over to take…