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.
Read more: http://www.jadelouisedesigns.com/weighted-blanket/
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?
Oliver had a tantrum filled afternoon, so a “check out” was in order. To the playground with us.
I have updated the following pages:
‘Our Story’, ‘What is Autism?’, and ‘Resources’
Feel free to look them over and offer your thoughts and feedback!
I also just started a new page that is titled ‘Other Parents’ Stories’. Visit this page to read more. I’d love to feature your story on this page!
I was so fortunate to have a friend with a child on the autism spectrum point out to me that the Udi’s bread that Oliver was eating held ingredients that he was allergic to in it, which I somehow missed when ingredient glancing at the grocery store. She makes her son’s bread and gave me this delicious recipe that even my picky little eater enjoys.
1.5 cup sorghum flour
1 cup tapioca starch/flour or potato starch (not flour)
.5 cup teff flour
2 tsp xanthan gum
2 tsp Egg Replacer
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
4 TBSP olive oil
1.25 cup warm water (110%)
2 tsp yeast or 1 packet
2 tsp sugar
1. Mix yeast & sugar in bowl, add warm water, let proof 10 minutes or so.
2. Mix dry ingredients.
3. Add vinegar & oil.
4. Add proofed yeast and thoroughly mix in mixer or by hand (no kneading).
5. Spoon into a loaf pan, cover with plastic wrap, set aside to rise for 1 hour.
6. Preheat oven to 350.
7. Bake for 53 minutes, let cool a few minutes before removing from pan to a wire wrack.
8. After cooled, store in plastic bag. One day on counter is OK, then refrigerate.
** Comment to let everyone know how your bread turns out!
Do any of your children cover or plug their ears? Oliver will do this when there are loud noises, sometimes when the TV is on, and sometimes when it is silent (or seemingly silent, from my neurotypical perspective). When do your children do this?
Because 30% of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder also experience seizures, I decided to replace Oliver’s audio-only baby monitor with an audio and video one. I am loving being able to see when he wakes up or what he’s doing if I hear an odd noise. I feel a lot more at ease knowing that I can check in on him without having to go in and wake him up.
Here’s the one that I bought:
Summer Infant In View Digital Color Video Monitor