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It’s Autism Awareness Month, Are You Aware?

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April is Autism Awareness Month. Are you aware of autism? Do you see autism in your life regularly? Did you know that 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with autism? Are you aware that boys are diagnosed almost five times more than girls? Did you know that autism is characterized by difficulties with social interaction, verbal and […]

Connection.

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When Brian was just a little past his second birthday, he received his first spectrum diagnosis of PDD-NOS (Pervasive Developmental Disorder- Not Otherwise Specified).  The woman who diagnosed him with this told me that she would’ve given him a full-out diagnosis of autism if he didn’t have such a strong connection to me. Throughout the […]

Sensory Meltdown 101

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I came across this document I wrote a couple of years ago to hand out to teachers within a program I was consulting with. Simple, easy techniques to aid with sensory meltdowns (with a couple things added that I’ve learned since I first wrote the document).  So simple but so good, that I thought I […]

In the Depths of Regression, There is Hope

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It’s true that Brian has been in a regression that has been testing my strength.  His regression has centered around his emotional stability, aggression, OCD, and negative behaviors. However, during that same time we have seen growth in other areas. This is how it works in the special needs world.  With regression often comes growth. […]

Strong Too Long

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Autism has kicked my butt these past two weeks. You know it’s not even just autism.  It was having to work with my other son’s IEP team to make sure they’re really doing what they said they were doing.  Working with the school secretary to find the answer to bus questions.  Making sure the play […]

Don’t Put Him In A Box

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It’s no secret Brian is an internet fan. He can google search with the best of them.  He can hack people’s passwords.  It’s a big joke (but not a joke, because it’s true) in his classroom that teachers can not enter their passwords in front of him because he will quickly memorize them and add […]

Oh the Noise! Noise, Noise, Noise!

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Having a “functionally nonverbal” child does not mean I have a quiet child.  He is making noises all the time whether they be verbal stims, repeating movie scripts over and over again, trains crashing, doors slamming or running around in circles in the house. The oldest is a nonstop chatterbox and he’ll talk and talk […]

Thank Your Teachers

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So much of a special need’s parents’ time is advocating and fighting for what is best for our children. Most likely, most of us have all had a teacher or a therapist or a doctor that we really butted heads with.  A professional that couldn’t see our child’s potential or no matter how much reminding […]

Don’t Stare

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We were in the process of checking out when I discovered that even though all the groceries had fit in the cart alongside Brian, they didn’t seem to fit anymore once they were bagged. I told Brian I needed him to come out and he immediately started whining.  I grabbed him under his arms and […]