Syd had a community outing on Thursday. Since I wasn’t feeling the best, my mommy game wasn’t as strong as normal. I didn’t prep Syd the night before by going over the menu prices for the movie. I knew she stashed a few Airheads in her pocket, so I knew she wouldn’t starve. When I … More Syd Found $0.75 Won’t He Do It!
I didn’t realize there was so much controversy over using the blue pumpkin. I think many of the comments against children with autism using the blue pumpkin are from parents that have been in the autism game for a long time. When I think about us at the beginning of our autism journey I would … More Blue Pumpkins
I wish it was that easy to throw a flag on the field after a bad call when I’m navigating autism. There are no rules. I think we make them up as we go. Each family has their own set of rules so don’t go trying to enforce our rules on another family. It doesn’t … More I’m Throwing A Flag On The Field
I always wondered what Sydney was doing at lunch and recess. Did she have friends to play with? Did she play by herself? Did she wander around by herself? How did that make her feel? Yesterday I had recess duty and I complained like I was a kid, because it was hot. In the end … More When There’s No Room On The Buddy Bench
When I heard Kodi’s mom say that music saved his life I began to cry. I thought to myself what will save Sydney’s life? Will it be cheerleading, track, her love of flowers or drama? By now we have all seen or heard about the talented Kodi Lee, a 22 year old man living with … More Music Saved His Life
I wonder if me sharing our autism journey made a difference. Is someone now aware of the signs of autism? Does someone understand the need for sensory friendly events? Will someone smile at a parent trying to comfort their child during a meltdown? Will you embrace the child with a disability that is in your … More Have I Taught You Anything?
Special needs parents I see you! I see the pain in your eyes because I’ve been there and some days I’m still where you are now. Here are some things that I don’t want you to do. Don’t apologize for your child’s disability. Don’t feel sorry for your child. Don’t push people away. Don’t hide … More The Do’s and Don’ts of Special Needs Parenting
For so long we waited for that smile to come back and the light in your eyes to twinkle again. For a brief time we lost you and during that time you never smiled. You communicated by screaming, and other aggressive behaviors. I probably wouldn’t smile either if I couldn’t process language and communicate. Or … More Whenever I See You Smile
Grades aren’t everything. I was an A/B student in school. I had to work hard for my grades. Harrison and Sydney know that as long as they put forth their best effort. I am pleased. Harrison is a good advocate and will ask his teachers for help. Currently he has A’s and B’s. And I … More The Day Her Paper Was Graded
Not only did I have to recognize the signs of autism. I had to accept that Sydney has autism. Then I had to get early intervention for her. The one thing I kept telling myself, was that Sydney’s life was not over. This was just the beginning. Yes, I let autism hold us as prisoners. … More It’s Not Over Until……..