There seems to be this crazy division between autism parents. Two extremes. There’s one side that’s the Jenny McCarthy following that’s all about curing autism and then there’s the opposite side with parents who think she’s full of BS. I dunno what to think. I’m going to try EVERYTHING I can, but I’m not putting… Continue reading The Autism Divide
This is a topic Leanne and I were discussing this weekend. How to teach our kids a healthy view of sexuality. I’m a firm believer in having sexuality celebrated in our home. I’m not too sure how I will do it but I know I want it to be that way. I do not want… Continue reading Teaching Sexuality
Yesterday I actually felt enough energy juice in me bones to actually take the little spawns outside somewhere instead of letting them watch Treehouse all day while I lay on the couch and yell orders at them (in between moans and groans). So I decided to go to this park we like and bring lunch… Continue reading Energy Juice in Me Bones
I could not be more proud of Silas these past few days. He’s done SO MANY typical things. I love it. Before leaving to go to church yesterday Isaac was VERY upset. Silas walked up to him, looked him in the eye and said “Ikey all done sad”, to which Ikey replied “ok” and they… Continue reading Breakthroughs!
So, today I decided to get out my handy book “The Out of Synch Child Has Fun” and try a little activity with the bratters. It involved shaving cream and a cookie sheet. The point is to get them playing with ooey gooey things that most likely will bother them at first. Children with autism… Continue reading Ucky Mucky Squishy Squashy Therapy!
I was sickened the other day when I found out that the 20 grand the government gives me for Silas’ therapy (OT, Speech, ABA) only covers 8-10 hours of ABA a week. My dear little Silas needs 30-40 hours a week…soooooooo liiiikkkeeee 60-70 grand-ish. That’s obviously not covering OT and speech and a DAN dr… Continue reading Funding is…Well…a Joke.
It’s just been too nice here this winter. The sunniest winter I’ve seen since moving here. I’m so relieved. It’s definitely helped the mood. Recently I realized that I could take the boys for a walk, without any tantrums if I stuck Isaac in the MEC backpack (which, I might add, is the most comfortable… Continue reading Beeaauutiifuul Day
Oh my, Silas just tantrumed forrrrr….30 minutes. Yup…30. I didn’t sustain any injuries but that’s partly because I locked Isaac and I in the bathroom. Then, dodging Silas, I ran and locked us in Isaac’s bedroom, holding the door closed with my feet so I could safely get clothes on Isaac and get him into… Continue reading What Our Tantrums Are Like
The love I have for my children is the most vulnerable and scary love in the whole world. You put your heart out as far as it can go, almost naively, without knowing how easily broken it is. I think every mother’s heart gets broken. Some get broken more, some less. This most beautiful… Continue reading The Diagnosis Blues
I’ve just discovered the wonder that is Temple Grandin and I think everyone needs to watch this documentary on her. She is an adult with autism that used to be severely autistic but she has come out of it a lot. She gives us a lot of insight into an autistic mind and it really… Continue reading Temple Grandin
The title is supposed to be sung that that song. Anyway… My mind is buzzing with all these ideas for raising money for Silas. A Gala? A church event? Selling things on my blog?? Begging? The government is going to give us 20 grand which we will only be able to spend on ABA therapy,… Continue reading Money Money Money Money….MONEY
So, final day of testing. It was the most fun day too! Silas loved it and he did not want to leave…at all. The psychologist and him just played together. Silas had him laughing so hard too, it was pretty cute. You can tell this guy just loves kids. At the end of the appointment… Continue reading My Ball of Sunshine
So, almost done Silas’ diagnosis. The psychologist told me he’s certain Silas has autism, he’s just got to figure out the severity and which type it is. More things were pointed out to me that I didn’t realize about Silas. Today I am excited. I’m excited to start therapy. I’m feeling able to make phone… Continue reading Cough Cough Cough
I love my Realtor. He just called us up today and gave us Canucks tix for tonight. Maybe we’ll see their first win since…like 800 years ago, who knows. So tomorrow Silas spends two hours with a speech therapist who is part of the diagnosis. I dunno what she’ll do with him exactly but she… Continue reading Wooot Canucks!
Well, another lesson learned in not getting your hopes up too high. Silas’ back is covered in hives from his peanut allergy test. His allergy is worse than it was a year and a bit ago. I guess we’re just really really good at keeping him safe. The doc said to not come back for… Continue reading Shucks…