Tag Archive: autism

Pay attention to others BUT mind your own business

My son is confused between what we tell him to do at home, and what his teacher tells him at school. To a normal six year year old the directions seem to be conflicting, but for a child with Autism it has to be just mind boggling. Background:  One of the most common challenges for …

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The hardest and most important part of parenting

Being a parent can be downright unpleasant at times. From pregnancy and child birth, to diaper changes and sleepless nights, to cleaning up vomit and other gross messes. But for me, the most unpleasant is having to punish my son.   I guess I should say “give him negative consequences for his behavior”. We don’t …

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We are lucky to have a child in Special Education

I feel a little sorry for parents with “normal” kids. They don’t get to go through all of the surveys and tests and meetings to learn all about their child’s strengths and weaknesses in the academic environment. At best they get a few minutes during conferences to speak one on one with the teacher. Meanwhile, …

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Thought for the day.

Rough day today. Let’s just say Autism and Menopause and Sleep Deprivation can be an ugly combination. Hot German Potato Salad over on That Recipe tomorrow and then back here with a roundup of J’s triennial IEP on Tuesday. For now, I am off to bed. Hope your weekend was a pleasant one. Related Post …

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Time for some Alphabet Soup

My son’s Triennial Individual Education Plan meeting is coming up at the end of the month. For those of you not in the know, every child in Special Education in public schools goes through a battery of tests by different specialists to start receiving services and then again every three years to evaluate the progress. …

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How sick is too sick?

Yesterday morning, J asked me for orange juice for his cold. Boop! Boop! Warning bells sounding in my head. I asked if he felt sick and he said no. I checked his forehead and asked him again and he said he was fine. Despite all of the progress we have made the last few years, …

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Back for another round of NABLOPOMO.

Have I lost my mind to go back to trying to write a blog every day for the next month after 5 months off? Probably. But with my little guy back in school full time 5 days a week I hope I might have a bit more time than last year when he was out at …

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Nominee for Worst Mommy of the Year

J does not like his hair cut. The noise and touch around his ears, eyes and neck drive him batty. So, I do it myself instead of trying to subject someone else to the torture. And it has to be done with scissors, clippers are out of the question. He won’t even be in the …

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One of his classmates is jealous of J?!

A few weeks ago, while on Winter Break, we ran into one of J’s classmates at the library. The inevitable “what are you checking out?” conversation ensued. We are currently working our way through the library’s selection from the Henry and Mudge series by Cynthia Rylant and illustrated by Suçie Stevenson (short chapter books with lots of pictures, …

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Mellow Christmas

Santa brought a bit more than expected last night. At 10:47 p.m. J woke up crying with a fever. Boo! Gave him a few ibuprofen and he went right back to sleep. Then at 4a.m. he woke up again and spent an hour chatting about Mario. Luckily, the fever seemed to have subsided. He finally …

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Are you prepared?

In early July of this year I saw the first report pop up the Facebook feed of one of the local news sources I “like” – 11 year old Autistic Menifee boy is missing! I immediately gathered as much information as I could before sharing (because I like to check the accuracy of things before posting). …

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Happy Halloween is Over!

Did you miss me? I knew October was going to get crazy and something was going to have to go. And the winner (or was it loser?) was this blog. I had a bunch of ideas throughout the month, but there never seemed to be time to sit down and write. Besides my usual keeping up with the …

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