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Move Over Flary… Ollie The Service Dog Is Back!

We had a bit of a mini-life changing moment in our house yesterday in the middle of a rather challenging math lesson on fractions.  By the way, have I ever mentioned that I hate math??  So, I'm not sure who the lesson was becoming more stressful for, my son,...

Mommy, I Don’t Want To Have Autism Anymore!

I find it very difficult to share the deeply personal situations that go on in our lives.  I have shared this before and though I am trying to learn to do this because I know there is usually someone out there who can benefit, but I have to be honest, it's still...

To Stim Or Not To Stim? That Is The Question!

Around the autism community you may frequently hear the term 'stimming'.  What is stimming?  It's simply a word that is used to describe a repetitive body movement such as hand flapping or rocking.  An individual can also have verbal stims which mean they might hum or...

Wandering and Autism: The Scary Reality

49% of children with autism engage in elopement behaviour. Elopement behaviour, or wandering, is by far the part of my son's autism that scares me the most, and lately our experiences with this is on the rise. For those that read my blog, I have referred to myself...

Ten Things You Should NEVER Say To An Autism Parent

1.  Are you sure he/she has autism?  He/she seems fine to me! I was unaware that you were actually a medical doctor!  Congratulations!  Wish I had known so that I didn't have to go through the two year wait to get a diagnosis through my child's...

The Meltdown vs. The Tantrum

As part of the A to Z Challenge, my theme is autism.  I’m taking advantage of the fact that April is Autism Awareness Month… it just seemed a perfect fit!  So moving on with today… M is for The Meltdown vs. The Tantrum. The meltdown is common characteristic...

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Shortest.  Spring.  Ever.

Shortest. Spring. Ever.

The weather here the past few days has been amazing.  The long overdue warm temperatures have finally arrived!  We were wearing shorts and t-shirts on the weekend and the kids were back to playing outside.  BBQ's were clearly back in use as the stores were having a...

Autism Rates On The Rise: 1 in 68 Children

Autism Rates On The Rise: 1 in 68 Children

Well, the news is out... the CDC has announced that 1 in 68 children are now diagnosed on the autism spectrum.  I expected the numbers to increase but this is quite a jump from the statistics two year ago of 1 in 88... or going back to the 1970's where autism affected...

Move Over Flary… Ollie The Service Dog Is Back!

Move Over Flary… Ollie The Service Dog Is Back!

We had a bit of a mini-life changing moment in our house yesterday in the middle of a rather challenging math lesson on fractions.  By the way, have I ever mentioned that I hate math??  So, I'm not sure who the lesson was becoming more stressful for, my son,...

The Locust Effect: Book Review… Taking A Stand Against Violence

The Locust Effect: Book Review… Taking A Stand Against Violence

NOTE: This post may contain some content that isn't necessarily appropriate for little eyes. Imagine living in a world where your daily reality includes being at risk of extreme forms of violence and you and your family really have no protection from this violence. In...

Take Part In Lung Leavin’ Day: Conquer YOUR Fears!

Take Part In Lung Leavin’ Day: Conquer YOUR Fears!

There are some things in this world that are just too important not to share... and my friends, I believe that what I am going to share with you is one of those things. This is something I feel may touch so many of you, as sadly, cancer is something that is a part of...

My First Love… One I Will Always Treasure

My First Love… One I Will Always Treasure

If I say it three times while clicking my heels together, will it come true?  'I want to be a kid again... I want to be a kid again... I want to be a kid again!'  Well, that didn't work very well.  Have you ever thought that it would be nice to go back to being a kid...

When Those Proud Mommy Moments Sneak Up On You…

When Those Proud Mommy Moments Sneak Up On You…

Proud mommy moments... I must admit I have a lot of them!  And I consider myself very lucky to be able to say that.  Sometimes, just out of the blue, one of those moments sneaks up without any warning at all.  Most recently, that happened the end of last week. My son,...

Autism And Christmas: Learning To Love Christmas In A Different Way

Autism And Christmas: Learning To Love Christmas In A Different Way

Growing up I always loved Christmas... I still do.  Like most children, I always felt Christmas could never get here soon enough and once December arrived, it dragged on endlessly.  When Christmas Eve FINALLY arrived, we always had a family get-together with my...

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