BBC News “My Daughter’s Autism Diagnosis Took Six Years”

After watching this video, I felt extremely grateful to have had Oliver diagnosed so quickly. My first concerns had begun at 15 months and I was officially worried at 18 months; I had him evaluated for Early Intervention services at 18 months and had him diagnosed with ASD right before he hit 21 months. It was a very fast process because I was very persistent and made contacts with people who had the power to make changes so that he would receive an early diagnosis. While this worked out in my case, I don’t think that is always the way it works.

How long did it take to have your child diagnosed? When did you first have concerns and what steps did you take from there? I’d love to hear my followers’ timelines.

Watch the video here: http://www.bbc.com/news/health-35470703

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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.

Source: http://www.ozy.com/fast…/autisms-gut-brain-connection/33302…

Apps for Autism

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Oliver’s incredible Special Educator shared with us a link to a very detailed list of apps that have proven helpful for children on the autism spectrum:

http://peacefrom6pieces.blogspot.com/2012/10/31-daystruth-ipads-apps.html?m=1

The apps are organized by their purpose, including picture communication, memory match, learning games, text to speech, verbal storytelling, auditory processing, cause and effect, social stories, and more. This was a useful resource for us, so I thought that I would share it with all of you.

Two Words You Should Say to Someone Facing an Autism Diagnosis

Included in this article are some of the most common responses that you’ll here as a parent with autism concerns for their child. Some of these include, “I’m sorry”, “He’ll be fine”, “Really? He seems so normal.”, and “Oh, I hope not.” While all of these responses are said with good-hearted intentions, it isn’t always what we need to hear. The two words that you should say to someone facing an autism diagnosis are “I’m here”. I’ve heard most of these and didn’t feel offended whatsoever because I know that every comment came from a good place, but I am agreeance with the author of this piece that “I’m here” is the perfect response to such a delicate situation.

Read the full article here: https://www.autismspeaks.org/blog/2015/07/09/two-words-you-should-say-someone-facing-autism-diagnosis

The Seattle Times Interview

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Savannah Slone and her two-year-old son Oliver read a book at the end of class at Kindering Center in Bellevue. Oliver is in a class with other toddlers with autism (diagnosed on the autism spectrum). Fund for Needy story about Kindering Center in Bellevue. Oliver’s mom Savannah Slone is a 20-year-old single mom who lives in rural Skykomish. Kindering is a godsend for her as there are no similar services near her home.

Earlier this month, I was interviewed by The Seattle Times regarding Oliver’s progress. We discussed my initial concerns, where he’s at now, and where I see him going. My blog was also discussed and quoted in the article, so that was pretty excited. Check it out at the link below!

Today is Oliver’s 2nd Birthday!

2 whole years ago at 11:02 a.m, Oliver was born… WOW! I can’t believe how quickly time has passed and how much excitement, surprise, and love has filled every passing moment. Oliver has been blessed with a caring and compassionate community and, for that, I couldn’t be more grateful. He is a sweet, funny, musical, cuddly, dancing, clumsy, spirited, deep thinker of a little boy and I am so fortunate to watch him grow each and every day. He has come so far in such a short time– I can’t wait to see what this upcoming year will bring for us! Also, it should be noted that we went to the aquarium yesterday with zero meltdowns and endless amounts of fun. To end the day, we ate at a restaurant (for the first time in a year and a half) and he did amazing. He blew me away!

Wish my sweet boy a ‘Happy Birthday’ in the comments, if you so desire.