Pearls of Wisdom

    “We all need people in our lives who raise our standards, remind us of our essential purpose, and challenge us to become the best version of ourselves.”    I think that some of the best advice and news about different programs that I didn’t have any idea about have come from random moments,…

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…

It’s All In The Mess

I have this trick you see.  I know how hard my son has worked at school by the state his clothes or in this case the state of his boots.   When he was younger in kindergarten his hair would have paint or glue in it and his clothes would be stained with every art…

A Little Busy Processing

Its just hard for him to try and process everything happening around him because the world feels so very hard sometimes. It was especially hard to process when he was younger.

Personal Space Issues

Personal space issues Overcoming personal space issues is one of the biggest hurdles Johnny is facing right now. Because of the social challenges he doesn’t know when he’s crossing the line and why some of his friends are acting the way they are.  They go to their teacher and myself when they see me and…

Meltdown or Tantrum? Its Important to Understand the Difference

  Is it just a tantrum or is it a meltdown?  This is probably one of the most popular searches or hits for my blog. When it comes to Autism, self regulation and figuring out the triggers are major challenges for the whole family.  The OT that works with my son and consults with the…

Being A Toddler and Autism… “Step Into My Shoes”

  Its another day in Autism Awareness Month and I thought I’d share a post from that I’ve reblogged about Tantrums vs Meltdowns and how we experience it as a family.  When I look at the stats page on WordPress, the most often search for terms that brings people to my blog is meltdowns and…

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…

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…

Its All About the Hazelnuts

It was a crisp Fall Sunday morning and we optimistically thought it would be nice to visit this big city park that we had not been to with the kids since they were babies and have them wander around in the fresh air, hike through the woods,  find the big pond,  see the ducks,  pick up lots of beautiful…

Mommy He Likes To Sniff My Hair

“Mommy…..Michael likes to sniff my hair.” We have a sniffer folks who takes pleasure more then the next person in lovely smells. “I know Michael gets so happy when you and your brother get on the school bus.  Today I saw him turn around in his seat and smile at you and  then keep peaking…

Anxiety Manifests Itself This Way….

  I walk by Johnny’s room and he has an arm load of stuffed animals and his closet door is open. He is trying to shove all of his stuffies onto a shelf in his closet. He has a lot of stuffed animals that he likes to sleep with it because “I don’t want to…

Looking Back At Speech Therapy

  I’ve been reading about other parent’s journeys with their children and navigating the system to access help for their child who they suspect has developmental delays.   I became reflective about the beginnings of our journey with Johnny.   Looking back at when Johnny was assessed for his speech delay at 2-1/2 he was not a happy…

Its okay to let it go….

I was preparing lunch and Johnny was standing beside me when I heard him sing this… Let it go, let it go Can’t hold it back anymore Let it go, let it go Turn away and slam the door It was from the Disney movie Frozen. He had seen the movie twice by this point…

Ballet

Last Friday Johnny stayed home with a bad cold.   Normally that would be okay but that day I was caught in a jam because it was Princess’s first ballet class of the spring session and it’s the only one of two where parents and caregivers are allowed to come right into the dance room…

Its Only A Phase….

I cannot tell you how many times I have heard well meaning friends or family say “its only a phase” after seeing a child act a certain way.  I wish it was that simple.  Once we started on this Autism journey we started to learn that its never just a phase and children do things…

Characteristics of Autism

I found this very informative chart about Autism that may help answer some questions. Please share this information chart in order to help spread awareness about developmental delays and what Autism can look like. My son has many of these characteristics: Inappropriate laughing or giggling: YES No real fear of dangers: YES Apparent insensitivity to…

Riding The Emotional Rollercoaster

There is an element of control when there are schedules and routines in place and its the unexpected surprises that bring a feeling of “out of control” that leads to anxiety. A series of moments that seem unconnected and nonsensical on the surface that lead to a rollercoaster of emotions that I find myself having…

His Own Bag of Sensory Tricks

Johnny has always been my sensory seeker. He loves to run his hands over things and enjoy the different textures and how they feel. He loves colours and how some things sparkle as well. He has a sensory table at school that was created by his Autism Support Teacher last year that has bins of…

There is no such thing as can’t.

  There is no such thing as can’t only won’t. That is what I grew up hearing from my Dad whenever something happened that frustrated me or someone said that I couldn’t do something that I wanted to do. I get a call today from the OT Consultant for the school board who is filling…

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…

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…

Dentist

  A year ago we began taking Johnny to a dentist at a hospital that specializes in caring for people with disabilities. He really liked the hospital, the gigantic waiting area with the enormous fish tank for him to gaze at and he seemed to like the intern dentist and hygienist. He had been doing some…

Tantrum vs Autism Meltdown

Now that I have a second child that is “neuro-typical” and is entering the “terrible twos” I really see the difference between having a tantrum and an Autism Meltdown.  Johnny was a happy even-tempered baby so it came as a big surprise to us that after he turned two he would get REALLY upset so easily….