Individuals with autism do not like change. It can take a lot of effort to make their way through our sensory-rich environment, without having to navigate change. We use tools to help them, things like visual timers, visual schedules, social stories, and chaining. Last Friday, Brian graduated from the fourth grade. Next year, he’ll be heading […]
Here’s the thing about meltdowns. They are not a tantrum. They are not manipulative feats to get what they want. The individual with autism can not control it. And they are not about you. I’ve been told: “Well, he’s getting too old for that.” “It wasn’t fair to (insert adult name here). He didn’t do anything […]
If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me, “How do you do it?”, I’m pretty sure our house would be pretty close to being paid off. No joke. I get asked this question ALL the time. It’s a well-meaning question but it’s a tricky question. How do I not do it? I love my child, so we do it. Simple as that. I’m guessing most of the people that ask me that question would do the same if they were in our shoes. But here, here’s how we do it….
In light of National Silbings Day….. Corbin is an Autism Sibling Superhero! He sticks up for his brother, the first time way back when he was in second grade and some “big kid” said that “autism kids were dumb”. Corbin said he wanted to karate chop him but he didn’t and he remembered to instead teach […]
Yesterday afternoon, despite our backyard still being covered in snow and the temperatures still hovering in the high 30s, we decided to spend time playing outside. We haven’t really had a chance to truly enjoy our backyard as we bought this house just as the snow was beginning to fall in the beginning of winter. […]
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 […]
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 […]