Tag Archives: autism

A Halloween for Everyone

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Halloween is fast approaching. I know because our daily montage of videos has changed from Little Einsteins and Over the Hedge to Scooby Doo and Wizard of Oz.  Yes, I can tell the seasons by whatever movie Brian is obsessing over at the time. Very exciting news around our home is that Brian independently chose […]

A Place to Play

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Sometimes it can be a little daunting to go to a busy play place with your child with autism. Without a crystal ball, it’s so hard to know what the trip will entail. It could go absolutely fine.  He could laugh and skip and play without a single tear.  There could be very patient and understanding families […]

Making Our Own Sensory Accommodations

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This is Brian grocery shopping with me yesterday.  At ten years old, he still rides in the cart and the more I put in the cart, the better. It’s not that Brian can’t walk or has physical limitations.  Being enclosed in the cart helps him feel calm and secure in environments that are sensory nightmares. […]

Never-Empty Nest

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A few weeks ago my youngest sister moved out of our parent’s home to begin her journey to adulthood and independence. This was the first time in 32 years that she didn’t have children living at home. 32 years. My Mom was officially an empty-nester.

I can only imagine how tricky that transition must be.

Seriously, I really can ONLY imagine. The reality is I will most likely never have an empty nest.

Cooperative Play, No Big Deal

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So, this happened tonight…   That’s Brian with the black hood on next to his friend Henry and two other kids he had just met. Nothing much to see here, just a few kids playing in the dirt, talking about strategies, giving each other instructions, and trying to make the largest mountain they can. Nothing much […]

Things I Never Thought Would Come Out Of My Mouth

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Most of the time I don’t even notice when these type of things slip out of my mouth.  It’s our life.  It’s crazy, unexpected, and chaos.  But every once in a while, it will hit me, and I will shake my head as I wonder, “What did I just say?  How did we get to […]

When A Bike is More Than A Bike

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Our buddy bike has finally arrived after a long road to obtain it! This adaptive bike has only been here for four days but I can already see Brian’s confidence grow. It’s more than just a bike when it can give your child control, freedom, and independence in a world that doesn’t offer him that very often.

Ten Things I Learned From Our Vacation

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The idea of traveling in an RV from Maine to Washington, DC was daunting. Add in autism and I thought we might be certifiable. But overall it was an amazing trip and we are so happy we went. Here are the top ten things I learned from this vacation.

Days 2 & 3: Boston and New Jersey

Bare with me,  my computer has died on this adventure and I’m attempting to write this from my phone, in the dark by the campfire, while sipping a beer…. Day Two: The next step in our adventure was a trip into Boston to visit the aquarium and possibly a whale watch.  There was no way […]