Time to Take Care of You – Special Needs Mom Support!

Time to Take Care of You - Special Needs Mom Support!

When I signed up to be a mom I dreamed it would be magical and everything lovely. It was magical, but also very rough. My first baby, a boy named Tristan was born unhealthy and I struggled to keep him alive his first year of life. You can read more here about my son at [...]

Special Needs Mommy Meltdown

Special Needs Mommy Meltdown

Being a special needs parent is hard physically, emotionally, and it is draining.  Being that we are a military family and move a lot we do not have the support of close family or friends, so a majority of my son’s care has fallen on my shoulders. Sometimes I will admit I wish I was [...]

Stand Up and Say No To Bullies

Stop-Bullying

The top story this week is about a New Jersey father Stuart Chiafetz, who says his 10-year-old son Akian who has autism was tormented for at least six months by his public school special education teacher and aide. The father sent his son wired to school and the six hour recorded audio that came back “changed [...]

Autism Awareness One Apron At A Time

Aprons

A few weeks ago I ordered a tailored made autism awareness apron from Fried Green Aprons a family run business.  I received my apron and I LOVE the apron so much I have to share the talented Lynne, Joan, and Judy – sewers, artists, and co-owners extraordinaires of Fried Green Aprons with you.  These wonderful [...]

Inexpensive Chewable Tubing for Oral Fixation

Tube

Lately I feel like we take two steps forward and one or more steps back sensory wise with our son Tristan.   My recent pregnancy was hard on me physically.  Mentally and emotionally drained I became a reactive parent, rather than one who responds with firm calmness.  Tristan began to bite his nails which is not [...]

For Tristan’s Eyes Only!

Up Periscope

Today, my post is dedicated to my son Tristan. In celebration of National Autism Awareness Month, I created something on this blog for him to enjoy. I think perhaps only he will understand and experience the true joy of this post. Thanks Dieselducy! Tristan, I hope you enjoy this post! Perhaps there are a few [...]

Autism Awareness and the Use of Social Stories

Social Stories

Autism is very near and dear to my heart.  Some of you already know my five year old son Tristan was given the diagnosis of PDD-NOS right after his third birthday.  Even before the autism diagnosis we went through many hurdles medically and physically.  My son’s diagnosis does not define him or who he is as [...]

A is for April and Autism – Just Say It Already! Oh, and Awareness

World Autism Day

When I heard Amee planned to dedicate a series of posts to autism awareness throughout the month of April, I thought it was a great idea.  In America, April is National Autism Awareness Month, and April 2nd is designated as World Autism Awareness Day.  With the apparent increase of this condition in America to a [...]

THAT Screaming Child Is NOT Beaten!

Child Is Autistic Pin

I am not a confrontational person by nature, but today a guy is lucky to be left standing.  My son Tristan who has autism is noise sensitive, and he cannot tolerate the cries of his new baby sister Ayla.  Anytime she makes a sound, he has a complete meltdown.  He has a sensory overload with many sounds, [...]

My Son with Autism Can Read A Book!

Bob Book

A couple of nights ago before dinner, my five year old son Tristan asked me to read a Bob Book from his ABA therapy box.  I was tired and in a hurry, but sat down on our tan cushioned folding chair in the therapy room, and I told him to read the book to me instead.  [...]