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…

The Boy On The Bus and His Mom Pt 4/4

  So it would have to happen that we would meet. It was an extremely cold night for the parent teacher conferences so I was happy to wait inside for my husband to arrive.  One of the EA’s that I know that works in the Multiple Exceptionality room spots me waiting in the hall.  “Do you…

It Happened On The Bus….again

  *Something I should have posted last Spring when Johnny was still in Grade 1* Last week there was an unexpected incident on my son’s school bus. I thought I would write about it on my blog just to share the experience of what happens when another child who is Autistic is having a hard…

Clips Are The Answer

***Update:  It was cold on Friday and when Johnny got off the bus and his coat was not zipped up, he didn’t have his hat on and his gloves were not on him.  His EA (Education Assistant or Para Support) was away at a funeral and he had a substitute.  I asked him where his…

Just Help Him With Boots…please!!!

Two weeks ago I had that awkward moment when my child comes off the school bus and he’s not dressed appropriately.  It’s absolute torrential rain outside, the wind is blowing, it’s busy, other kids are trying to get off the bus along with other children coming from other schools are crowding the sidewalk.  I look up through my water drenched…

He’s Annoying

  “Mommy the other kids on the bus think that **** is annoying when he gets loud, shouts or cries on the school bus in the morning.” Its been six weeks now since my 4 year old daughter  Princess who is neurotypcial started kindergarten and riding the small bus to school with her brother Johnny….

The Long Bus

  Today was the first day that Johnny gets to ride the long school bus like all the other children at his school.  Why is this big thing? Well the small school buses are usually used in our district to transport special needs children and children in special programs  to pick them up and drop  them off…

Grade 2 Begins With Change

  A new school year is always filled with change as students start a new grade and get to know new teachers, but this year has a special beginning. Princess, Johnny’s little sister began Junior Kindergarten this September. She is now in full time all day kindergarten and rides the school bus with her brother…

It’s Time To Speak Up

On Friday morning, Johnny’s Daddy wrote a letter of concern to the Manager in charge of transportation at the school district and copied it to the Principal and Johnny’s school Autism team. i thought i would share an excerpt from it here on my blog to encourage other parents to follow their instincts and express…

It Happened On The Bus

“There was a spitting incident on the bus” *Yesterday* I cringed and my heart sunk as I thought we have gone so long without any incidents on any of the bus routes. Actually we haven’t had anything happen this school year at all and its March now and Johnny is on at least three different…

It’s Alright On The Bus

Johnny is back at school and he is back to riding the small school buses again.  He has a complicated schedule where some days he is taking 2 buses and other days he is taking 3 buses.  When we began this school year one of the promises Johnny’s Daddy and I made to each other…

Introducing the Vest….

Introducing the dreaded safety vest for riding school buses. This is what happens when your child who happens to be special needs,  keeps unbuckling his seat belt and getting out of other safety devices and thus causes a safety issue on the bus.  Johnny rides 3 buses a day and for some reason he feels…

Ever have one of those days?

Ever have those days (or week) where so much has been happening both good and challenging that you don’t know where to start because you are mentally and emotionally exhausted? So here is a quick update on how we are doing and while I collect all my thoughts and assemble them into blog posts:) My…

Little Houdini and the School Bus Adventure

  So my Monday morning began with a call from the bus company that the bus transporting my son to his second school was going to be late because Johnny keeps unbuckling his seat belt and walking around on the school bus.   For safety reasons the driver needs to stop and get him to sit…

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…