I started using two key signs with Patrick from the age of around two. Those key signs were "more" and "finished". I don't think he took much notice of me doing it but you just never know so I persevered. To get your non-verbal child to ask for something they obviously have to want it,… Continue reading Communication Motivation.
I have previously talked of having anxiety. A lot of my anxiety is over my own death. I am literally terrified of dying. I think about it every day. It keeps me awake at night. It is the one thing that scares me the most and it does have an impact on my every day… Continue reading Scared to death.
I didn't know wether to write about this topic because it tends to get people pretty worked up but it always rears its ugly head and I guess a blog is a place for me to write my opinions and not every one will always agree. Again and again the topic comes up autism vs… Continue reading The great debate.
While I've read and been told that video games have an adverse effect on children with autism we have experienced the opposite. Back when Kallan was 5 years old he became obsessed with volcanoes. This obsession did not give him much in common with his peers. In fact he rather bored them with his endless… Continue reading We ❤️ Minecraft.
I didn't really ever want to blog about poop. It's not a pleasant subject but hey we all do it! Patrick is a sensory seeker. He loves messy play and different textures, so you might guess where I am headed, playing with poop is sensory fun. This is known as fecal smearing and is common in children… Continue reading The poop files.
Dear Campbell, Today is your tenth birthday. Double digits. You're growing up so fast I can barely keep up. Since the day you you were born you have preferred to do your own thing. Marched to the beat of your own drum. The name Campbell means crooked smile this sums you up perfectly. Birthdays were always a… Continue reading Birthday Boy!
The final memeber of our family is a cute, furry small one. Rocky! Otherwise known as Rock-dog, Boss-dog or Rockalicious. In 2015 my husband brought me a gorgeous Rottweiler puppy. Maggie was a beautiful dog but she grew very fast. The kids were afraid of her. She had never done anything to warrant their fear,… Continue reading Rockalicious.
I have anxiety. I guess having a lot on my plate with the kids was bound to affect my own mental health in a few ways. I usually find I can keep it under control but some days it gets the better of me. Yesterday the whole family went into the city to look through… Continue reading Anxiety & I.
Tonight I watched a show called common sense, on the 9 network and it broke my heart a little. The program shows news stories and then how different people from different work places and backgrounds react. One of the stories was on children taking ADHD medication and the immediate reaction was 'bad parenting'. My heart… Continue reading Stigma.
Jeff and I have been together since we were nineteen. We've had our hicups over the past 13 years but we always end up better than before. We don't have that Earth shattering, soul on fire kind of thing going on. What we do have is a deep appreciation for each other and I can… Continue reading Jeff.