Lycra Body Sox

12509805_1230350236994678_7453620824017134272_nOliver just got a package from UPS and it was his new Lycra Body Sox. He has been getting underneath couch covers and fitted sheets for the pressure it provides, so I thought that he would enjoy this alternative. So far, he seems to be enjoying it. As he becomes more comfortable with it, I will post updates with how he uses it to get his wiggles out and self-calm. I think that the pressure and resistance that this provides will be really helpful.

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Wednesday, January 13th

On Wednesday, January 13th, Oliver had an exceptional day in his class. Watching from the waiting room on the other side of the two-way mirror, I felt an abundance of pride. He made eye contact with and, unprompted, said “Hi” to every teacher in the room, all separately and at different times. He made eye contact with and smiled at the other children. He sat down and played with three different children individually and at different times. He spoke words, he pointed, he imitated. He is making so much progress every day! It is beautiful watching him grow into a social, self-calming little boy.

Back to CUBS!

After having over two weeks off from Oliver’s CUBS class and Special Educator visits, he was overjoyed to resume. Over the break, he endured and got over his first cold, visited the aquarium, had a gift-filled Christmas, played with friends, and even learned how to count (verbally, as well as using the correct fingers). We got lots of snow and experienced another power outage, but in the end, it was obvious that he missed his therapies. As we pulled up to his early intervention center on this first day back to class, I told him, “Oliver, we’re going into CUBS. We’re going to change your diaper, have a snack, and then you get to play!”. He smiled so big and didn’t even fuss during the diaper change. He became a little anxious in the last few minutes of waiting for the doors to open, but that came from a place of excited anticipation. Watching him in class made my heart swell; I love that we have found a source of knowledge and support that he is so comfortable with. I will probably have to go through a grieving process when he turns 3 and no longer qualifies for services.

Autism’s Gut-Brain Connection

Oliver has experienced both chronic constipation and diarrhea. This article states that children with autism are “more than 3.5x more likely to experience chronic diarrhea and constipation than their normally developing peers,” (Pandika OZY). The main “treatment” for these issues, as stated by the author of this article, is probiotic supplementation. Oliver has been taking a lot of supplements (including probiotics) recommended by his naturopath for about 4 months now and we are finally starting to see some major gut-healing presenting itself.


The R-Word

“In the United States, 6.5 million people live with intellectual disabilities. For many of them, one word that’s part of the common American lexicon is especially hurtful and demeaning:


Is it ever okay to use the “r-word” in conversation, even when it’s not your intention to upset or degrade people with intellectual disabilities?

This video makes the answer clear.”