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…

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…

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…

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…

What We Did In The Kindergarten Years

A few weeks ago I was asked to be part of a workshop for parents of special needs children specifically Autism regarding the transition from preschool to kindergarden at Johnny’s former preschool.  I wrote about it here http://wp.me/p1KVmo-1xT  and here http://wp.me/p1KVmo-1y5 I’ve had a few questions over the last 2 years about this on my blog…

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…

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…

Daddy has to go….again.

When a parent has to go out for one evening it can cause anxiety in any child and when a parent travels for business and is gone for a few days it is upsetting for kids. They miss their Mommy or Daddy. When your child has Autism routines and knowing what is expected means everything…

Summer Camp ~ Let the Fun Begin

  Johnny started going to summer camp this past week for the second summer in row. He loved his experience last year so much that we thought we wouldn’t change things up. A nursery/preschool offers an integrated camp 5 mornings a week with a ratio of camper to teacher 4:1. Then on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursday…

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….

He was just a little boy in Kindergarten

  On Wednesday morning Johnny’s afternoon teacher visited his public school junior kindergarten class to observe, learn, and colloborate with his teachers and Autism team. Johnny had a wonderful morning and made his teacher that has worked with him since February of last year once we got the diagnosis very very proud of him. If…

Eating Out ~ The Kind of Change He Embraces

Family gatherings and dinners especially in restaurants are fun for Johnny but hard at the same time.  He absolutely loves it when we go out to eat at a restaurant or cafe and loves it even more when the extended family is with us.    It ends up being a wonderful opportunity for him to socialize and…

IEP success for my little sensory seeker:)

  You get to learn lots of acronoyms when you have a special needs child and the IEP can be a parent’s ongoing stressful source of aggravation or the ever changing Individual Education Plan that its suppose to be. Johnny has been doing very at school and has intergrated easily into his JK classroom but…