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Sensory Processing Dysfunction

The Little Things

(The moving truck arrived so there are currently giant men and 497 boxes all over my house. Jack is in a corner screaming, and the dog peed on the floor. Such is life, eh?

Needless to say, I’m reposting again. I PROMISE to write new stuff next week–you know, when I can feel my legs again (who knew moving would work so many muscles?!). Until then…)





This week has been super stressful, for multiple reasons. There have been appointments, life-altering conversations, and…it’s my first week of summer semester (so I had to teach and act professional after getting sorta icky news).

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Don’t Over-Think! Just Do It!

With J’s ‘improvements’ rapidly sliding down hill with the more time that passes between his last IVIG treatment and the present, we’re headed back down the road of massive meltdowns. Some of these are from our own doing. Case in point:

We headed to a local large store for FREE Santa photos. We left early enough to be there shortly after they opened. Apparently so did everyone else. It’s a large, large store, huge ceilings, lots of tasteful things on the wall. Festive lighting (not fluorescent), and stuff to see everywhere! Clothes, fish in HUGE fishtanks, Santa’s “area”, race car tracks, carnival style shooting ranges, train tracks and a carousel.

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Thrive with Autism – Tips for Those Looking to Understand

Andrea Richardson and Andrea Warner are two teachers who want to help parents Thrive With Autism. We love these tips from that they are sharing; both for parents, and for the community who is trying to understand Autism.

Have you ever been in a store, movie theatre, or, yes… even an elevator, and your child has a meltdown? Did the people surrounding you look at you like you were the worst parent around? Or worse, even ask you to control your child?

This is a common situation that many parents face on a daily basis as their children are learning skills needed to manage their environment.

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Soothing An Anxious Child

Some kids just pop out of the womb self-assured and confident. Mine, not so much. Raising 2 former foster kids, assurance is like a foreign language in their minds! It’s been a huge learning process for us to figure out what works and what doesn’t in helping them find confidence in stress.

And I know we’re not alone. It’s a tough world out there. All kids face stress daily! If they’re not struggling to pull themselves up as infants, they’re learning to hold a utensil, or to navigate social dynamics at preschool. Later on, it’s exams, hormones, and jobs. Their special needs add another layer to what’s already a learning process for us all.

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Picture Exchange Communication System Hi-tech vs. Low-tech

I originally posted this on my own blog six months ago. I’ve gotten such a great response online and have had people asking me about our low-tech PECS so often that I thought I would post here as well.

Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) is something we’ve been working on with Chewy. Since he’s non-verbal and has motor coordination issues, he cannot sign properly. He has plenty of signs that he uses, over 40 in fact, but they aren’t all the standard ASL or baby signing type signs. He often ends up making up his own due to his dyspraxia.
There are many options, both Hi-Tech and Low.

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Getting Included in the Mainstream Classroom Despite SPD

Every school year proves to be different than the one before; this year is no different. This year though has proven to hold an interesting change; J’s teacher wants him.

Now, that simple statement is convoluted and confusion. I’m sure some of you might be saying ,”of course J’s teacher wants him” or “does that mean his other teacher’s didn’t want him” or “which teacher are you talking about? The New Ms. SSN or his ‘assigned’ or ‘home room’ teacher”?  Well…this year, I mean all of those.

No assigned teacher has ever discouraged J’s participation, but they weren’t openly enthusiastic as his current assigned teacher, “3rd Grade Mrs.

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Closer to a diagnosis

autism in girls underdiagnosis

on an airplane

The past eighteen months have been rough. We knew Fluffy had inattentive issues, we went ahead with ADHD meds. That took us on a wild ride on the emotional roller coaster. Stimulants had the opposite effect on her.

Concerta trial turned the month of July gloomy. We were very worried that she was becoming bipolar. We took her off of it and her anxiety level skyrocketed as third grade appoached. My husband and I were worried she was becoming bipolar (it runs in both of our families). She didn’t want to go back to a classroom, so she went to school online last year.

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What To Do When Your Rope Breaks

My little girl is finally safe in a hospital – a mental hospital – and I’m losing my mind about it. I know some of you have kids with special needs of the neuropsychological kind, too. This post is for you.

You know those moments when you wonder where God went? Because if He was here, your life would look decidedly different than it does right now?

Last weekend, my husband and I made a decision regarding one of my daughters we’ve dreaded for over a year. As we followed through on it this weekend, it took everything we had to keep putting one foot in front of the other.

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A Vacation From Special Needs

Today I’m driving to my mom’s for a week of swimming, museums, movies and play time.

This time will be different, though. This time I left “special needs” off my packing list. After laboring over the decision for weeks, my husband gently urged me to choose rest on this vacation. Which means that yesterday, I took my 8 year old to a residential respite home where she will stay while we’re gone. There’s no relief yet – only disorientation and a sense of guilt. After all, she only hit people a couple of times. She only peed on the floor twice last week.

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The Value of Life.

…”The hard part is trying to answer the questions Walker raises in my mind every time I pick him up, What is the value of a life like his — a life lived in the twilight and often in pain? What is the cost of his life to those around him? … If Walker is so insubstantial, why does he feel so important? What is he trying to show me?”

-excerpt from Ian Brown’s Memoir “ The Boy in the Moon: A Father’s Journey to Understand His Extraordinary Son“

It was this passage of the book  The Boy in the Moon: A Father’s Journey to Understand His Extraordinary Son that first stopped me.

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