• Understanding Autism from the Inside

    “Academics came easily to me. The rest of life—not so much.”
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Autism Awareness is About Telling Our Stories…

“On December 26th, 1990 Marguerite Elisofon gave birth to premature twins: Samantha and Matthew. Marguerite and her husband soon noticed their daughter lagged behind her brother in ways that scared them. Samantha, they learned, was on the autistic spectrum. Most “experts” weren’t optimistic about her chances for leading a normal …

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The Tot Needs Help!

Despite all the therapy he is receiving in school, speech and ten hours of ABA therapy a week, the Tot seems to be regressing in some areas. My biggest concerns are his emotional regulation; anxiety, clinginess, irritability,increasingly violent and frequent meltdowns; frequent attacks on his brothers (particularly my-ten-year old); and  …

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Meltdowns: when you fear they will hurt themselves

Some meltdowns are so violent that they require physical restraint to ensure the Tot doesn’t hurt himself. After coming home yesterday devoid of words, the Tot lounged on the sofa with his pillow and sippy cup watching Dora. Slowly his speech returned I’m assuming after he had enough time to …

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Is the Tot regressing again?

Yesterday two boys stepped off the school bus; one had no words, and the other would not shut up! Usually when the Tot gets to the bus doors, he waves at me, and says, “Hi, Mommy!” He takes my hand, jumps off the last step into the street, and then …

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Autism Parents Need Extra Sets of Hands; The Tot is a Runner

Like my Little Man before (now 9) before him, the Tantrum Tot (3) is a runner.  I was fortunate that Aspie Teen was not a runner when he was little. Had he been runner, at least he would have been the only one I had to think about. Three additional …

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Autism: When You Fear Going Out Alone with Your Child

Long before I knew anything about autism, let alone that my boys and I are all on the spectrum, I feared going out alone with them—intensely. I never felt like I was equipped to handle more than one child in public at a time, or while I run errands or …

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Video: Tantrum Tot practices his colors; LED shower head

  Several people have asked about this LED color-changing shower head, which I wrote about in a previous post, My Environment and My Aspie Moods, so here is a video of it changing colors. An excited Tantrum Tot practices his colors while LED shower light changes. It is not the …

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Tantrum Tot gives “Big Boy” School a Thumbs Up!

The Tot has three days to prepare to start school on Monday, so I thought it would be good to start preparing him. I figured that I can start talking to him over the next few days, and trying to get him used to the idea.  At the very least, …

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IEP Meeting—The Little Man is Changing Schools!

Many of you know that I have been having trouble deciding whether or not to change the little man’s (9) school. Well the decision has been made, and I am feeling really good about it! On Monday Hubby and I took Little Man to tour his new school (although we …

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An Awesome IEP Meeting for the Tot

For past few weeks the Tot has been evaluated by the school district for eligibility for special education services. If eligible he would be entitled to services starting on his third birthday, which was this past Monday. His evaluation was completed on Monday (it was a little behind because of …

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