Tag Archive for autism

Emotions

BigGuyPopcicles

It’s been an emotional weekend.  OK, not that emotional.  But we haven’t had an emotional moment in a long time, so this is novel. Early last week, my little big guy had the opportunity to participate in a study of evaluation tools used to diagnose Autism.  Some new experimental evaluations were used, and are being…

Brother Therapy

BigGuysLook

I primarily attribute my little big guy’s miraculous progress to ABA.  But I’m sure it’s not the only thing that’s helped him.  In fact, I think there’s something else in his life that pushes him toward excellence.  It forces him to work every waking moment.  He has to think about new concepts, play new games,…

Mentor

Heart

Recently, I met a mom of a baby whom she feels shows signs of Autism.  She was looking to me for support and advice, with fear and hope in her eyes. I didn’t expect to ever be in this position.  At least not so soon. When I think of support groups, I always think of…

Choose A Child

BabyPark

Part of what was difficult about starting my two-year-old’s therapies was not being able to do things with my four-year-old.  I felt like I was choosing one child over the other.  I was so concerned about my big guy getting left in the corner, I didn’t expect what was coming next. When my baby needed…

Schedule

Calendar

Our schedule’s been getting rough.  A lot of the therapy we were doing in-home, we are now doing in centers.  It means a lot of driving, being away from home all day, packing lunches, sitting in traffic, using the travel potty in the car.  We are still adjusting to the new routine, but the adjustment…

Denial

YoungestHat1

I used to think denial was something people chose when they refused to deal with their emotions.  Now, I know it really is impossible to grieve without first denying. After dealing with the grief of my middle son’s diagnosis, I thought I would be fine if my third son also had a diagnosis.  I recently…

Expect Joy

MiddleTowel

My son’s diagnosis brought a dark cloud, which seemed to suck the joy out of life.  I selfishly mourned the dreams I had for my children and our family.  I panicked with the loss of control I had over his behavior and our schedule.  His behavior, which to others seems normal for a two-year-old, was…

Learn The Signs

TheMileStoneBW

The popular Autism awareness campaign slogan is “Learn the Signs. Act Early.”  That gives a false sense of security. The campaign says to read the milestones, and when your child doesn’t meet them, tell the pediatrician.  The End.  That isn’t enough.  Our pediatrician brushed us off when we told him our one year old wasn’t…

Special

Quirky

As a kid, I was amazed when a baby was born, and grew into a child and adult, with what seemed to be no problem at all.  I couldn’t wrap my head around how perfectly the body developed in the womb. When I had my first child, I was still in awe.  How did his…