We were in denial but my mom knew that something was different about our oldest son. Thankfully my mom called in a professional which convinced us to start our journey by getting him evaluated. We knew something was different about … Continue reading D-day or Diagnosis Day
One of the first things we noticed with our son that indicated he was different was when he would separate himself from everyone else. I am not wired this way and always want to be around people so it has taken some getting use to. As he has gotten older I have started referring to this as the long walk and we work really hard at engaging with him so he doesn’t do it all the time. It has become a bit of a game of cat and mouse and we have fun with it but some times we need … Continue reading The long walk
Just a few seconds before this shot he was throwing a fit about having his shoes on at the park. We say “I pick my battles” all the time but how well do we do that? I have found that being more laid back has helped turn a fit into giggling more often then not. How good are you at picking your battles? Do you have a bad day when your child is having a bad day? We become the solid rudder that steadies the ship if we stay positive and patient with our kids it isn’t easy but it’s … Continue reading Laidback
I would say my biggest hurtle raising my boys especially my ASD son has been myself. What I think he can and can not do can affect what I slow him to try. My greatest rewards have been when we just tried something without guessing what we thought he could do. I hear a lot of parents say my child can’t do that to which I will always reply are you sure and have you tried it anyway they may surprise you. Brushing teeth was one of our biggest lessons and one of my most painful memories. We brushed his … Continue reading Brush brush brush all day long.
One thing all parents seem to not be good at is taking time for themselves. You are probably busy and not able to cram anything else into your schedule so you tell yourself you will do it later and never do. Sometimes all you need is to take an afternoon off have a extended lunch with some friends and talk about life. You may not have a hide away cafe but everyone needs a hide away from time to time where is yours? When was the last time you used it? Continue reading The Hideaway
It’s amazing how something that can seem so simple becomes such a challenge with a kiddo on the spectrum. We have had a lot of challenges that I would consider “funny” but this one, at least for now takes the cake. We were out searching for a sledding spot in the snow with no access to a bathroom and had just walked our way down a valley that would work. When I hear those dreaded words “go potty” which are normally a welcome sentence at home. I told him ok buddy let’s go over here to which he replied “no … Continue reading Does a autistic boy go pee in the woods