There are plenty of myths and preconceived ideas about kids on the Autism Spectrum, particularly when it comes to social relationships. Myth #1: Autistic kids don’t need friends because they aren’t aware of others like most kids are. Truth: Autistic kids need friends just as much as your neurotypical kids do; more so, even. Spectrum kids […]
Autism and sensory issues go hand in hand. Kids seek or avoid sensory input depending on how it affects them Some input makes them unable to process what’s going on around them while another type can help. This is why kids stim; the positive sensory input makes them feel more able to handle what’s going […]
Over the years we have taken all kinds of field trips. We’ve toured a commercial bakery, pizza place, grocery store, shopping mall, and two bowling alleys. We’ve visited zoos, taken hikes, and watched many educational movies at the IMAX theater. We’ve been skating, bowling, swimming, and even watched a Civil War re-enactment and toured their […]
It has officially begun. Not summer, yet, but our break from therapies. I felt like they were handing us the Golden Ticket when D1’s OT said, “You guys need to have a break. Enjoy the summer together as a family and don’t worry about therapies. You deserve it.” Ten years of therapies. 10 years of […]
“When was the last time you guys took a break from therapies?” His OT asked me this question, and I hadn’t really thought about it before. “Never,” I replied, “we’ve been at this 2-3 times a week for 10 years.” Wow. The realization hit me pretty hard after I said it. We have literally been […]
People tell me my son talks too much and is annoying. I am just surrounded by people who keep telling me I need to spank him more, or that I need more structure, more discipline, to do this or that better with him. They just DON’T UNDERSTAND MY SON.” I had noticed her, as […]
The boy. cannot. sit. down. He attended a special K-I program when he was in kindergarten, and his teacher said he was like a fart in a frying pan. I knew what she meant, and I wasn’t offended. He gets an idea and *POOF* he’s gone to go do what ever it is that he […]
Do you have a child with sensory dysfunction? I do! My son is constantly seeking sensory input, and it can make homeschooling a bit of a challenge. I have a guest post today over at Sunflower Schoolhouse, where I talk about how to work with this ever-present facet of homeschooling your special needs child.
D1 is 9 now. “Nine and a HALF”, as he would correct me. He had his annual OT Evaluation last Monday, and we got good news! His OT has discharged him from individual OT again, for a while.
D1 is in his final two weeks of Speech/OT “Social Group”. He’s been going for 45 minutes each Friday. He has been approved to start full OT again, and the OT and SLP are going to change things up once school starts. There is another boy in his group, a year younger, whom he gets […]