I've been working on a big project for Ruthfulness and I was reviewing my summer from 2015! It was definitely a summer full of sun and fun. It was also a summer that had some very memorable experiences to add to my journey. Great decisions, good decisions and bad decisions all packaged up into one … Continue reading Enjoy the Journey
Tips for parents who struggle with behaviors and children who have limited language skills. Follow up to our January 1st meltdown over not being able to do the wash (laundry) at his time with his routine. Max messed up his entire room in protest of not being able to put the soap in the machine. … Continue reading It will get harder before it gets easier…
My son is 5 years old with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Behaviors have improved and advanced. I have worked to document our first event of 2017 related to some of the ritual or obsessive behaviors that can be present on varying levels with people on the spectrum. The video is linked to my YouTube channel … Continue reading a day in the life of a 5 year old with autism, part 1
Happy New Year! I was happy to celebrate at my Noon Years Eve party this year to bring in the 2017 year. Looking back over the holidays and years I'm happy to be in this place. I didn't know how I would make it many days; even after the third day of winter break this … Continue reading a reflection: alone with autism
...when you are no longer able to care for them? I have! I haven't had one in a while but I have had the same dream over and over. I dream about being alone. (LOL) I dream about being alone as an old lady. I live in a little house in a downtown area … Continue reading do you have dreams about what will happen to your special needs child when you…?
A lot has been weighing on my mind lately. Today, on my out for work Max was going into his compulsive breakfast behavior. There are a few behaviors that occur regularly that have become obsessive. As most parents and especially parents of children on the spectrum, small simple things can take hours to get … Continue reading Q: Why were you late today? A: um…sugar
PARC was the first agency to help my son. I tried to get help first from Early Steps. We went through the evaluation but my son did not score low enough to start receiving services. When I sent my son to a private school, they suggested the PARC Family Focus Program. The Family Focus Program … Continue reading PARC first to help
Most parents notice signs or differences in their child around age 2. The timeline to noticing differences or having concerns about your child's development and getting a diagnosis can take up to 3 years. So, parents have years of trying to find therapists, work with schools and determine what works for their child. It can … Continue reading So you think your child may have autism?
Dear life, I didn't see this one coming! But, I laugh and smile. You see life, you have a way of making things come full circle. Back in the good `ole days, before kids and husbands; I would spend A LOT of time with some very cool women that are great friends. They would have … Continue reading life as a mother to a son with autism
we moved! So, happy to have some simple things. Yesterday, when my 2-year-old said OH NO! I POOPED! as she is already diaper free. "Where did you poop?" She takes me and shows me her diaper on the floor and says. "OH NO! I POOOOPED on the bed! It's the simple things like … Continue reading Simple things