Mamas, we’ve all heard it before. The concerns of friends and family that we’re running ourselves too thin. The suggestions of how to adjust our lives to get that much needed rest. And with each comment of care I can simultaneously laugh and scream. “You need to make time for you.” “Sleep when the baby … Continue reading Why “Self Care” Is A Bunch Of Bull For Special Needs Moms
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Parenting is hard. Parenting a toddler is a whole other level of crazy! When I was pregnant I had it all figured out. I knew how I was going to discipline, what schedule I would have, all the creative and educational games we would play, and all the wholesome, organic food I would prepare for … Continue reading 9 Things I Promised I Would Never Do As A Parent
As parents of children on the spectrum, one of the questions that therapists and physicians constantly ask is if our children have “good eye contact.” This phrase is so very general and somewhat misleading as an important symptom and characteristic of Autism. Eye contact is important, but not the way most people understand. My son … Continue reading The Importance Of Eye Contact For Autistic Children
For many children on the spectrum who receive Occupational Therapy, a Sensory Diet is often suggested to implement into a daily schedule. It’s a weird phrase for relatively complex theory, so let me break it down. When you wake up in the morning, you have a routine. Maybe you hit snooze a few times (or … Continue reading What Is A Sensory Diet
(photo credit: Bia) Every challenge, every stim, every meltdown we have worked through and helped my son learn how to feel comfortable with himself and the world around him. Sometimes, a few weeks or months after we have worked through a challenge, it would suddenly reappear. Then I fear regression. I feel like all our … Continue reading No Man Ever Steps In The Same River Twice.
“But he doesn’t look Autistic.” The phrase that stings the most. This phrase bothers me so much. I’ve heard it a lot since my son was diagnosed. These five words could have several meanings so I’ve decided to explore each one in hopes to break my emotional ties. This meaning often insinuates skepticism. It’s as … Continue reading “But He Doesn’t Look Autistic”
The fear of food is very real to our children. When my son was about 9 months old, we started feeding him baby puree. He was doing pretty good accepting different flavors, until we introduced the dreaded Stage 3 puree! The mix of textures and potent smells sent my son’s gag reflex into a rage … Continue reading You Don’t Have To Eat That
I live in a tiny home, but we need a lot of supplies for my son’s sensory routines. So what do with do with bins of rice and play-doh and beans and kinetic sand? We stored all of these bins in a closet and created an activity photo library. This way, my house stays organized, … Continue reading Create An Activity Photo Library
I WROTE A BOOK ALL ABOUT PIRATES!!! Go read it for free on Wattpad! "Driven apart by make believe and faeries, two brothers will become Neverland's most famous of enemies. James returns to the island of Neverland and to the lost boys of his youth. While still boys, James finds them changed in unimaginable and … Continue reading Peter & James
*crowd gasps* With the rise in technology and accessibility, most of our homes are filled with video devices. We have TVs, tablets, iPads, smart phones, computers, and touch screen everything. Although there has not been any conclusive studies, early educators and medical professionals are pointing fingers at the abundance of these devices for the cause … Continue reading That’s Right, I Let My Kid Watch TV