It’s hard to explain Brian’s language capabilities to people who don’t know him or know autism. You can’t hold a conversation with him very often and he usually can’t answer most questions. The professionals label him “functionally nonverbal”, as he has a huge vocabulary of words but he doesn’t communicate with them. However, he […]
As it goes with these ugly truth posts, I wrote this in an emotional fever. Not even going back to edit it. And then it sat in my drafts, me too scared to hit “Publish”, too scared to really share the emotions that go with this gig. Me going back and rereading it over and over again- can I share this? Can I put myself out there? And then I always get that nagging thought- “You are not alone. There’s so many families out there in this same exact position. 1 in freaking 45 families according to the newest data. Other people need to know they are not alone too. That’s why you started blogging.” So here it is. Straight from my diary.
Today the online autism world blew up with the news of the launch of Sesame Street’s newest program: Sesame Street & Autism: See Amazing In All Children. Why is this so exciting? Because Sesame Street is taking it upon themselves to introduce autism and differences to our youngest population. They’re teaching children from the cradle, […]
A few weeks ago, I was blessed with a new nephew. With seven younger siblings, you can imagine that a new niece or nephew is actually a pretty common occurrence but all jokes aside, still a very blessed occurrence- each and every single time. My boys love getting new cousins and seem to really enjoy […]
Brian started his first day of school on Monday. First day of school with new staff, new programming, and a new school. We did all the pre-school work such as visits to the classroom, working with the new staff during ESY (Extended School Year) to acclimate to them, updating my “Brian Manual” that I pass […]
In the field of special needs and occupational therapy we hear the term, “learned helplessness” a lot. Learned helplessness happens when parents or caregivers assume that their child can not be successful at something so they help them, because they love them and they care for them and they want life to be easy for […]