Monthly Archives: October 2009

Kind of like a trip to Holland.

As parents of children with autism know, there are certain obsessions that grip our kids out of the blue that won’t let go. Some of Matthew’s past obsessions that come to mind are wheels, sprinklers(but only the ones that go in circles), airports, balloons, teddy bears, putting diapers on teddy bears-the list goes on.  With…

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This Little Piggy Stayed Home

I am a worrier. I think that just comes with the territory when you are the parent of a child with special needs, especially a child with significant medical issues. But nothing has consumed me with worry as much as the H1N1 virus. I worry each year about the seasonal flu, and my family was…

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Special Exposure Wednesday.

  Did you know? There’s a little blue fairy in my garden. We don’t celebrate Halloween in Australia but dressing up is a daily occurance. Got a photo to share? Why don’t you join in this Special Exposure Wednesday.  Please remember your comment love at each link you visit. Also blogging at Three Ring Circus

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gearing up for our third IEP

Bear has a fall birthday, so we get to do her IEP in a couple of weeks. This is the third review of the current plan. She is in her third year of preschool. It works well. Our goal meetings take hours. We have four specialists and at least 25 pages to cover. I am…

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“Ewwww, he drooled on me”

That’s my four-year-old talking about her big brother, Max. Sometimes, when they’re playing together, Max accidentally drools on her. And she thinks it’s gross. “Honey, he didn’t do it on purpose,” I’ll tell her. “It just happens sometime. Maybe you can help wipe his mouth next time.” Max drools pretty regularly throughout the day. He’s…

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Magic Marker Monday — Halloween Fun

“It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.” ~Pablo Picasso Welcome to Magic Marker Monday! If you haven’t heard about Magic Marker Monday yet, click here and then hurry right back… I saw these cute little spiders made out of paper egg cartons and tea lights…

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Adolescence

Where have the last years gone? Wasn’t it just yesterday that I was sitting at my dining room table talking to a social worker about the safety features of my house? I know where it has gone. To therapy. And hospitals. And detention. It has gone to struggle and success and soccer. It has vanished…

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And the Oscar goes to…

Our family was having dinner one Sunday evening when Matthew , who has autism, became distressed because his potatoes were touching his meat. My husband, Peter, who was tired after pruning trees all day, told Matthew in a loud voice “Don’t be ridiculous, just eat your dinner.” Matthew yelled no, that he was the boss…

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We Need Black Jello

Comedian George Carlin said, “You know what we need – black Jello.” Think of the fun you could have if you served black Jello for dessert one evening! Something totally unexpected can add a special brightness to a day. In fact, as human beings, even though we seem to fight change, we also seem to…

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Special Exposure Wednesday.

    According to Ivy: When you’re feeling a little under the weather, Barbie will make everything better. Got a photo to share? Why don’t you join in this Special Exposure Wednesday.  Please remember your comment love at each link you visit. Also blogging at Three Ring Circus

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