Tag Archives: autism

When quirks are inherited

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It’s been a little over a month since we started our in-home services and I have to say, it’s been a real blessing.  We’ve seen Brian start to initiate things like sweeping up his messes and put on his own deodorant.  Transitioning out of the house has already begun to be easier.  Not to mention, […]

Top ten hopes for the new school year

Twas the night before school starts, when all through the house not a creature was stirring… Heck, who am I kidding.  Everyone is still stirring.  There’s an air of excitement, despair, hope, and sadness.  No one is really ready for the summer to end.  Summer brings about more carefree days spent with family and who […]

What is inclusion and why does it matter?

Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.

Inclusion. It’s a word that is stressed by parents of special needs often. It’s simple. Inclusion is the act of including. Inclusion means feeling part of something larger than yourself and feeling like you belong. It’s a feeling, we all take for granted, but if we never had that sense of belonging, it would make a seriously detrimental impact on our lives.

When It Clicks and Abstract Ideas Become Concrete

AACcamp

Most children on the spectrum, learn best by really repetitive teaching like ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis).  Brian responds well to this and has learned many things over the years, that some professionals tried to say he’d never learn. However, sometimes children on the spectrum have a really hard time generalizing what they are learning.  What […]

The Oddities & Possibilities of In-Home Services

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For over two years, we have been sitting on a waiting list for specialized Section 28 services.  Section 28 services provide an individual with a disability with a worker(s) who will help them with behavior management, community involvement, and activities of daily living.  There is a subdivision within Section 28 that is referred to as […]

Why I love Pokemon Go, when I just wanted to hate it.

PRACTICE

As a mom to two “screen monsters”, I really didn’t want to love the newest obsession. But as a mom to two quirky kids, I’ve quickly come to love it. Here’s why I love it and you probably will too if you have a child that falls somewhere on the wide spectrum of autism, sensory-processing disorder, or other social disorders.

How sending a simple “Thank You” turned into the best night ever.

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A week ago my husband was stuck in traffic for over an hour just to get home from work.  Stuck at a place on his commute that is usually only five or so minutes from our driveway.  We’re living right on a very busy street that is undergoing a huge overhaul at this very moment. […]

The Myth of Autism and Love

Autism & LOVE

I was actually able to ask the evaluator years later, why she had diagnosed him with PDD-NOS instead of Autism and she said it was because how connected he was to me. Because he cuddled with me, made eye contact with me, craved my social presence, and shared his world with me she didn’t think he met the textbook diagnosis of Autism.

Here’s the thing. That is a myth.

The Social Stigma of Handicap Parking

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Last Friday, I sat in the DMV with my ticket in one hand and the form filled out by Brian’s doctor in November for a handicap placard in the other. Two months ago I was sitting in the pediatrician’s office, recapping Brian’s recent behavioral aggression.  I told him how he had tried to bolt in […]