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Metldowns while Shopping with the Spectrum

Shopping on the Spectrum With Autism, Meltdowns are Frequent How I picture everyone else in the store is thinking in their head, "If that was my child...." In our household, my main fitter is Charlie Bear.  He has about one very public meltdown a month.  They usually...

5 DIFFERENCES BETWEEN IEP’S AND 504’S

5 Difference's Between IEP's and 504 IEP and 504 plans can often be confusing.  Some children need a map of what their education will look like for the year.  Other's may just need preferential seating or extra test time to succeed.  I have broken down the top five...

DOES MY CHILD HAVE A DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY?

Does My Child Have a Developmental Disability? It is often hard to accept that your child may have a developmental disability. Once you suspect that your child has a developmental disability what do you do? Some children receive a diagnosis at birth, others like my...

WEIGHTED BLANKETS AND OTHER SENSORY SUPPORTS

Disclaimer: This blog post contains affiliate links. I may earn a small commission to fund my coffee drinking habit if you use these links to make a purchase. You will not be charged extra, and you’ll keep me supplied in caffeine. It’s a win for everyone, really...

BEHAVIOR

I have know for a while that children act out for a reason, this is especially true for children with autism. I am not always able to figure out the reason. Charlie is our child that is most impacted by his autism. His communication is getting better, but he still has...

THIS IS WHY WE CAN’T HAVE NICE THINGS

Sneaky Mess The other day I see Charlie sneak past me in the kitchen.  My Mom senses began tingling that he was up to something, and wouldn’t you know it, he was.  He had peed in the chair in our playroom.  I don’t just mean a little pee, I mean full on bladder...

Metldowns while Shopping with the Spectrum

Shopping on the Spectrum With Autism, Meltdowns are Frequent How I picture everyone else in the store is thinking in their head, "If that was my child...." In our household, my main fitter is Charlie Bear.  He has about one very public meltdown a month.  They usually...

5 DIFFERENCES BETWEEN IEP’S AND 504’S

5 DIFFERENCES BETWEEN IEP’S AND 504’S

5 Difference's Between IEP's and 504 IEP and 504 plans can often be confusing.  Some children need a map of what their education will look like for the year.  Other's may just need preferential seating or extra test time to succeed.  I have broken down the top five...

DOES MY CHILD HAVE A DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY?

DOES MY CHILD HAVE A DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY?

Does My Child Have a Developmental Disability? It is often hard to accept that your child may have a developmental disability. Once you suspect that your child has a developmental disability what do you do? Some children receive a diagnosis at birth, others like my...

MARRIAGE ON THE ROCKS

MARRIAGE ON THE ROCKS

Marriage on the Rocks On Friday we celebrated our 16th Wedding Anniversary. There was a time that I did not think we would make it to this point. Many people don't want to talk about the effects that having a child(ren) with exceptionalities can do to your marriage....

ALWAYS AWARE OF AUTISM

ALWAYS AWARE OF AUTISM

I wrote this on Facebook on 4-4-17 This is Autism. We shaved Charlies head tonight because he has been having so many fits, or as he calls them Mayham, that we had to shave his head because he pulls his hair to self harm. All three of my son's have Autism, and all...

THE DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES

THE DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES

Facebook Post I shared this to my Facebook page a year ago.  Thankfully Charlie is doing much better, thanks to ABA and Medication.  However I still feel that this is still a relevant concern for many in our State and our community. 4-26-17 Yesterday in a feeble...

AUTISM-IT’S NOT A DEATH SENTENCE

AUTISM-IT’S NOT A DEATH SENTENCE

Autism Awareness When I tell people that I have three sons with Autism, I say it because I am proud of my family.  I don’t say it for pity.  I also say it for awareness and advocacy reasons.  Yes, families can have more than one child with autism. No I don’t think...

WHY ADVOCATE?

WHY ADVOCATE?

WHY ADVOCATE? I do not enjoy politics.  I barely knew what an advocate was.  Now I am a fierce advocate that works to better the world for people with disabilities.   I know about every election. I post those annoying pictures of my kids in front of a Vote Here sign...

Metldowns while Shopping with the Spectrum

Shopping on the Spectrum With Autism, Meltdowns are Frequent How I picture everyone else in the store is thinking in their head, "If that was my child...." In our household, my main fitter is Charlie Bear.  He has about one very public meltdown a month.  They usually...

DOES MY CHILD HAVE A DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY?

DOES MY CHILD HAVE A DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY?

Does My Child Have a Developmental Disability? It is often hard to accept that your child may have a developmental disability. Once you suspect that your child has a developmental disability what do you do? Some children receive a diagnosis at birth, others like my...

BEHAVIOR

BEHAVIOR

I have know for a while that children act out for a reason, this is especially true for children with autism. I am not always able to figure out the reason. Charlie is our child that is most impacted by his autism. His communication is getting better, but he still has...

THIS IS WHY WE CAN’T HAVE NICE THINGS

THIS IS WHY WE CAN’T HAVE NICE THINGS

Sneaky Mess The other day I see Charlie sneak past me in the kitchen.  My Mom senses began tingling that he was up to something, and wouldn’t you know it, he was.  He had peed in the chair in our playroom.  I don’t just mean a little pee, I mean full on bladder...

GF WTF

GF WTF

This post may contain affiliate links which means I will be paid a small commission when you purchase through my link. Please read our Disclosure Policy for details. Gluten free is a hot topic in the autism community and it has been something I have been avoiding like...

MARRIAGE ON THE ROCKS

MARRIAGE ON THE ROCKS

Marriage on the Rocks On Friday we celebrated our 16th Wedding Anniversary. There was a time that I did not think we would make it to this point. Many people don't want to talk about the effects that having a child(ren) with exceptionalities can do to your marriage....

EVALUATION HELL

EVALUATION HELL

Mountains of Paperwork On Friday I spent five and a half hours at an evaluation for my three sons at an ABA clinic. Over the past eight years I have probably attended 30 or more of these.  For those that aren’t familiar with special needs evaluations, I’ll fill you in...

I’M MELTING

I’M MELTING

Buildup to a Meltdown Do you ever have one of those days where you can feel your child building up to a meltdown?  Each breath they take you think, please don't let him meltdown.  Your gut clinches every time you have to tell him no, because you know you are moments...

ALWAYS AWARE OF AUTISM

ALWAYS AWARE OF AUTISM

I wrote this on Facebook on 4-4-17 This is Autism. We shaved Charlies head tonight because he has been having so many fits, or as he calls them Mayham, that we had to shave his head because he pulls his hair to self harm. All three of my son's have Autism, and all...

THE DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES

THE DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES

Facebook Post I shared this to my Facebook page a year ago.  Thankfully Charlie is doing much better, thanks to ABA and Medication.  However I still feel that this is still a relevant concern for many in our State and our community. 4-26-17 Yesterday in a feeble...

GF WTF

GF WTF

This post may contain affiliate links which means I will be paid a small commission when you purchase through my link. Please read our Disclosure Policy for details. Gluten free is a hot topic in the autism community and it has been something I have been avoiding like...

PSA

PSA

PSA Fun fact, worms other than tapeworms could be in your intestine.  How did I learn this?  Charlie came in from playing outside and said, “I have worms in my poop”!  Silly me thought, well that’s random because you have been playing outside, and you just remembered...

WEIGHTED BLANKETS AND OTHER SENSORY SUPPORTS

WEIGHTED BLANKETS AND OTHER SENSORY SUPPORTS

Disclaimer: This blog post contains affiliate links. I may earn a small commission to fund my coffee drinking habit if you use these links to make a purchase. You will not be charged extra, and you’ll keep me supplied in caffeine. It’s a win for everyone, really...

EVALUATION HELL

EVALUATION HELL

Mountains of Paperwork On Friday I spent five and a half hours at an evaluation for my three sons at an ABA clinic. Over the past eight years I have probably attended 30 or more of these.  For those that aren’t familiar with special needs evaluations, I’ll fill you in...

THE DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES

THE DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES

Facebook Post I shared this to my Facebook page a year ago.  Thankfully Charlie is doing much better, thanks to ABA and Medication.  However I still feel that this is still a relevant concern for many in our State and our community. 4-26-17 Yesterday in a feeble...

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