“Oh…He Is Just Special Needs”

I was sitting at a family gathering when I heard someone dear to me say,  “its ok do not mind him he is just special needs.”  I cringe inside because without meaning too the person has labeled Johnny and quickly made an excuse for him.   Its as if two words will explain away any behaviour…

Showing What You Know

Every year I have to attend an official placement review committee (IPRC) meeting regarding Johnny’s status in special education.  Lots of good things were discussed but one thing really bothered me.  I was told that Johnny’s reading level is at around mid-Grade 1 level even though he’s in Grade 3.  I wanted to remind teachers…

Always Presume Competence

Always Presume Competence is our mantra while we raise our Autistic little boy. A is for Apple B is for banana C is for carriage M is for map M is for maple leaf A is for strawberry Above is what year ago Johnny started doing on his own with the fridge magnets and the magnetic…

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…