Conceal Don’t Feel..Anxiety

He doesn’t have to conceal anymore. He can feel. He can let it show.

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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…

Ash Wednesday And The Little Boy Who Could

  One afternoon, four weeks ago, I get a text from Johnny’s EA (Educational Assistant) “Johnny wants to read this on February 18th for Ash Wednesday in front of the school, can you practice with him till he has it down to a fine art please?” I am a tad shocked and quickly text her back 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…

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…

There Was A Boy On The Metro….

  We were riding the metro back one night when my eyes caught something in the reflection in the glass.  A boy, no a young man sitting with head phones on.   This is a usual site on a subway train or a public bus so why would this catch my eye? The young man is…

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…

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…

We Need To Buy More…..

“We need to buy more toilet paper Mommy.” “The toilet is broken. We need to fix it.” “We need to buy more white soap.” Those three sentences now mean to me that I need to keep a closer eye on Johnny when he goes to the bathroom and that he is feeling VERY anxious right…

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…

Crayon Fun

Johnny loves to grab some paper and to take out his bin of crayons and draw. Right now when he comes home from school he can hardly wait to pull his latest art out of his back pack. He quickly shows me and then in a flourish treasures the art away onto his art drawer….

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…

Standing In Line

    I was grocery shopping with my daughter when we went to the check outs. The line ups were long and moving slowly. I looked down to the farthest checkout where I thought there was a line up and there wasn’t anymore. Is the cashier closing? I quickly check and its then that I…

Mommy Pull It Out

Three weeks ago Johnny lost his first tooth and yes that’s one little proud happy little boy posing for the camera showing off. I noticed one day that his one tooth seemed a bit off centre and that there was a bigger gap between the teeth. I asked Johnny if his tooth felt funny and…

Old MacDonald has a farm….The Visit

  Each year Johnny’s school takes all the kindergarten classes to a farm in October so the children can experience the harvest time of year, farm life and see a pumpkin patch.  We live in a big city so this is especially fun for the children to have their song “Olde MacDonald Had A Farm”…

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…

Its Gotta Be The JellyFish

While we were on vacation we visited an aquarium. Johnny loves seeing all the fish in the large tanks and his sister wanted to see the Beluga whales. There were dolphins, sharks, penguins, and otters as well but i never guessed what would attract his attention this day.  Who knew that when we walked to…

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…

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…

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…