Weighted Blanket

Here is my son’s weighted blanket. It’s 38×40 and 3 pounds and ADORABLE! When I usually cover him with blankets, he immediately kicks them off and scoots away from them, but this was a completely different experience. I set him on the couch, laid the blanket over the top of his lap, and he just sat there. He didn’t scream, he didn’t kick it off– he just sat there! I’m so excited about this blanket and can’t wait to see how continues to do with it.

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You can order one just like Oliver’s from WeightedCreations on Etsy:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/182119049/weighted-blanket?ref=shop_home_active_2

This shop has many other blanket styles and sizes, as well as lap pads. I could have purchased a weighted blanket from Sensacalm, but it would have been well over $100, which is out of my price range. WeightedCreations on Etsy values affordable weighted blankets and lap pads, and for that, we should value her small business.

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Autism Breakthrough: The Groundbreaking Method That Has Helped Families All Over the World by Raun K. Kaufman

I just finished reading Autism Breakthrough: The Groundbreaking Method That Has Helped Families All Over the World by Raun K. Kaufman and thoroughly enjoyed this book. Kaufman recovered from autism thanks to his wonderfully loving parents who developed an autism healing program called the Son-Rise program. It is pretty much the complete opposite of ABA (applied behavior analysis); he put everything about the Son-Rise program into an easy to understand and relatable format, which left me anti-ABA and completely inspired to start a Son-Rise program for Oliver. I wish that I could afford to attend some of their intensive workshops in Sheffield, Massachusetts.. *daydreaming*

This being said, if you have or know a child with autism, order this book immediately:
http://www.amazon.com/Autism-Breakthrough-Groundbreaking-Method-Families/dp/1250063477

Essential Oils

I just got a bunch of essential oils in the mail from doTERRA and can’t wait to start using them on Oliver.

Here’s what I ordered:
OnGuard (for immune support), Lavender (for relaxation and sleep), Geranium (for emotional support and physical healing), Peppermint (for internal inflammation and energy stimulation), Frankincense (for EVERYTHING healing related), Balance (for tantrums) and InTune (for focus).

Right now, I’m diffusing OnGuard in my Petal diffuser and have balance on his feet.

Allergy Test

Oliver’s allergy test was, sadly, a rather traumatic experience. We underwent the IgG and IgA tests, where he got his finger pricked and then had to fill 15 1/2″ wide circles with blood from his finger. It took quite a while to fill all of these circles, so he was squirming, fighting, screaming, and crying the entire time. While it broke my heart, I focused on how we were doing this to prevent major food reactions (not to mention, to save money by discontinue buying food items that he’s allergic to). Now that I have the results back, I am so happy that we did that now, rather than later.

Here are his major allergies: casein, cheddar cheese, cottage cheese, mozzarella cheese, cow milk, goat milk, whey, egg, and yogurt.

Here are his minor allergies/sensitivities: Whole wheat, gluten wheat, gliadin wheat, spelt, rye, corn, amaranth, and pineapple.

He is already on a gluten free/casein free diet, so I plan to continue on this route and cut out the rest of his allergies and sensitivities. While I’m sad for Oliver, I am so happy to have this information now. I highly recommend these tests to anyone who is curious whether or not their child has food allergies or sensitivities.

More about the allergy tests that we did:
The IgA (Immunoglobulin A) and the IgG (Immunoglobulin G) tests search for abnormally high amounts of IgA which can detect autoimmune conditions, food allergies, and food sensitivities.The IgA tests for reactions, while the IgG tests for sensitivities. An IgE test will show actual, 100% accurate allergies, but because Oliver is so young and his food allergies can either go away or increase, I decided to wait to undergo the IgE test for when he’s older.