Yesterday Oliver had his 13 month old friend over for a playdate. Oliver has a long, long way to go socially, as he has never shown any interest in another baby, toddler, or child. However, I was able to talk him through his first successful attempt at sharing. He actually played near another baby (this is a first) AND took turns with him, as they stacked rings one at a time. There was no eye contact and it took a few tries, but I couldn’t be more proud of him! I demonstrated how to stack the rings and then held his hand and said, “Now, we let him have a turn, and then you have another turn.” This helped him visualize patience and turn-taking. This gave me such great feelings of hope and inspires me to keep him hard at work. I have to log off now because we have a Tele-Therapy (video chatting) appointment with the Special Educator from his Early Intervention center. More posts coming soon!
I just came across this photo on the Facebook page Autism Storms and Rainbows (https://www.facebook.com/Autism-Storms-and-Rainbows-152663228214371/timeline/?hc_location=ufi) and thought I would share. This is a great visual!
What were the first red flags that you noticed?
Yay! 2 sold so far. I have to sell 15 more for the shirts to be made. Order while you can. They’re only available for 19 more days.
Order here: https://www.bonfirefunds.com/lets-get-healing
Here are instructions to make your own sensory weighted lap belt at home:
Read the article here: http://thestir.cafemom.com/big_kid/170309/50_best_autism_resources_online
I decided to do a mini-tshirt fundraiser to promote my blog, but I mostly just want one of these shirts. I designed it and am selling Unisex short sleeve, Women’s Short Sleeve, Long Sleeve, and Hoodies. They’re starting at $16.50 and all proceeds will go towards Oliver’s treatments and therapies. I love this design and can’t wait to get mine in the mail! 17 have to be sold in order for the shirts to be made.
Check them out here: https://www.bonfirefunds.com/lets-get-healing
Today we walked down to the river and Oliver threw dozens of rocks into the water. The only tantrum that we experienced was when we had to go home.
May this be a gentle reminder to take your children outside today (and tomorrow, and the next day, and the next day, etc.). Oliver gets overstimulated really easily in the house, in the grocery store, at other peoples’ homes, and in the city. By taking him into the woods or down to the river, he is able to have natural noise and doesn’t have to deal with bright blinking lights or the chatter of dinner conversation. I know that not everyone lives in the forest like we do, but finding a local place outside with minimal distractions can be extremely calming and grounding.
Comment with where you and your little ones play outside.
I have just launched a page on my website where I will be featuring your child’s story! This will help parents with concerns and the parents of newly diagnosed children. I believe that being aware of the early signs is key! Help me spread the word by sharing your story.
Please email me your stories in the following format:
Subject: My Story
Message (Please include the following in your story):
-Your name (can be a pseudonym or left anonymous)
-Your child’s name (can be a pseudonym or left anonymous)
-Where you’re from (optional- this is used to meet new, local people who are in the same boat)
-When your first concerns were and what they were
-What services or lifestyle changes, if any, that you have pursued since diagnosis
*If you have a blog or website of your own, please include that so I can put that in your story.
Oliver’s weighted blanket seems to be the only thing that will send him to sleep. I don’t know how naps existed prior to our purchasing of one. I love supporting small businesses (and paying less money is a plus, too), so we got ours from the Etsy shop Weighted Creations. This one to be exact: https://www.etsy.com/listing/182119049/weighted-blanket?ref=shop_home_active_15
Do your children use weighted blankets? How do they like them?