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Here are some articles I found interesting from the last few weeks.

I related a lot to this article. Having taught (general ed) for almost a decade, I still knew next to nothing about autism.

Lego therapy seems like something that would be right up our alley!

This is Our Autism

Inclusive classrooms and language boosts I still have feelings of wishing we had just powered through with kindergarten and this article makes me think the exposure to 25 other kids could have been so good.

Autism Awareness Day 2014

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Another year down.  One year since we shared our news with “the world.”  It seems like nothing has changed and everything has changed at the same time.  In many ways we are still exactly where we’ve been with all of this for the last 3 years, but in stepping back a little bit, can see all the changes that have happened.

Since 2014, we have noticed more speech.  There’s more conversational skills, though most speech is still an attempt to get someone’s attention or get what he wants.  There is more interaction, in general, and he loves to check what his siblings are doing, say good morning to people when he wakes up, greet family and friends when he sees them….it has been so nice to see that developing.  He responds really well and usually right away to commands and requests.  He’s able to do simple chores, and clean up after himself (even without reminders!).  Overall, there is more self-control, but things can still spiral very quickly when frustrated.  He still wants what he wants when he wants it, but is able to keep himself from a full meltdown if he tries really hard.

At school, he has been working very hard on behavior (as the academics are still coming very naturally and easily to him).  We had to come up with some new tactics to manage behavior because he was having some very strong reactions to being told no and also transitioning to another activity.  The changes made have all worked really well and he is having very successful days at school with minimal time outs or correcting needed.

Another change (and this is a biggie!) is news from the potty training front: he is fully daytime potty trained.  WAHOO!!  The process that started in November of 2012 has finally rewarded us.  We still aren’t sure what finally clicked or why, but it doesn’t even matter because it did.  There was a real chance for back sliding as a fast and furious flu bug hit our house less than a week after he started using a toilet all the time, but he maintained his new skills and we couldn’t be happier!  He has even been ok at school, which takes a HUGE kindergarten concern off our plates.  I don’t even care about night time training at all at this point because I am so glad for the full daytime undies.

Other big changes are the addition of glasses, as we recently found were necessary, and the beginning (FINALLY) of ABA therapy sessions!  We are really looking forward to see how these 2 things especially help our baby grow and thrive.  Luckily for all involved, he loves both the glasses and therapy quite a bit!

We have seen some great triumphs, shared many grins, giggles, celebratory treats, hugs, and high fives in the last year, but also had setbacks, heartaches, and challenging moments that felt like they could swallow us whole.  There’s still a huge gap between our son and kids his own age, and that is sad and difficult, but it is our reality.  Many of the fears we had a year ago still are fears today, and new ones creep in all the time.  For example, we have tried to really focus in on him being able to respond to questions like “What is your name/address/phone number?” because if something were to ever happen, we were separated, or he eloped from home, he has to be able to answer those clearly.  Scary, but at least he has been gaining ground and has them mostly memorized at this point.  We are also working diligently to help him be as socially and behaviorally ready for kindergarten, which is just a shocking 4 months away.  As always, there’s still work to be done!

On this World Autism Awareness Day, we hope everyone takes just a moment to think about the many people in our world who are living with or affected by autism.  We also hope that people don’t just spread awareness but also acceptance.  And if you feel so inclined, Light it up Blue!

RELATED LINKS ESPECIALLY FOR TODAY:

1. 30 Days of Autism Action Ideas to Help Friends and Family

2. Stats about Wandering

3. “Not So Different” article and song

4. 68 Things

5. 33 Resources

 

 

More Good Reads

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There’s one autism blog I follow with any regularity.  Life With Greyson.  Chrissy is the mom of 2 autistic kiddos who are almost identical in age to my own kids, and is so brutally honest about their day to day life.  There have been many things she’s said that seem like thoughts she pulled from my own brain.  

She was recently featured on Momastery, which I know a lot of people follow.  If you want another peek at what life can be like for families on the spectrum, it’s definitely worth a read.  Not only are her regular blog posts beautiful and heartfelt, but she’s a great photographer and really captures her precious little boys.    

Just the Way to End the Week…

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If you need your faith in humanity restored or renewed, here’s the blog post for you.  I saw this shared on one of the ASD parent forums I follow and am SO glad I read it.  Not only does it perfectly explain the prep work that is going somewhere major and how difficult situations can be when children are fixated on something, but it also shows how a simple act of kindness and compassion make or break things for kids on the spectrum.  

*Note: The man she is speaking to does respond eventually in the comments.  The whole thing is just incredible.