“I do not like that hat. Good-bye!”

Autism: “self + -ism”  (from the Greek prefix, auto = self) Autism is….complicated. I’ve been learning a lot of new words since the advent of my son’s diagnosis of ASD.  One of them is scripting.  As a teacher of the arts, I immediately liked the sound of this new vocab term.  It sounds so theatrical!  Essentially,Continue reading ““I do not like that hat. Good-bye!””

Overdosing on Therapy (the real cost behind it)

  It’s been just over a week now since we parted ways with our in-home ABA therapists. I feel like I can breathe again. I have my family back.  I didn’t realize just how toxic the situation had gotten until my husband said the other day, “Do you realize how much calmer you are now?Continue reading “Overdosing on Therapy (the real cost behind it)”

ABA Lessons: Ditch the Bad Therapist

ABA Therapy: Applied Behavioral Analysis (recommended treatment for children with autism) When I first started this particular blog series, I had grand dreams of sharing all sorts of valuable lessons about ABA therapy.  I imagined all of the amazing ideas I would learn about how to work effectively with my three three year-old son diagnosedContinue reading “ABA Lessons: Ditch the Bad Therapist”

Autism and Circle Time Success

  Recently, my posts have had a dark-humored tone, giving my friends “expecting” bone-chilling nightmares.  Today’s post is a bit more upbeat and a blissful reminder that perseverance, intuitiveness, and a deep respect for a child’s emotions can earn you a fast-track ticket on the Mommy Success Express. A little over a year ago, when BigContinue reading “Autism and Circle Time Success”

ABA Lessons: Extinction Bursts will make you question why you became a parent

ABA Therapy: Applied Behavioral Analysis (recommended treatment for children with autism) A central concept of ABA therapy is that you ignore negative behavior and respond enthusiastically to positive behavior with a reward.  Often, verbal praise and recognition is all that’s needed (at least that’s the end goal).  Naturally, being ignored can be stressful and downrightContinue reading “ABA Lessons: Extinction Bursts will make you question why you became a parent”

ABA Lessons: Don’t be afraid to be that annoying student who has a question for EVERYTHING.

ABA Therapy: Applied Behavioral Analysis (recommended treatment for children with autism) It’s been a month now since we began in-home ABA therapy for our three year-old son diagnosed with high-functioning autism. To say it has been challenging would be a gross understatement. I’ve been uncomfortable for most of these weeks.  I don’t know much aboutContinue reading “ABA Lessons: Don’t be afraid to be that annoying student who has a question for EVERYTHING.”

Disciplining my child (and failing)

What do you do when… ~ Your child simply refuses to sit in time-out and instead makes a game of you chasing him around the house? ~  Your child head butts you when you’ve decided to give holding him down in time-out a try? ~  Your child hides from you — at home, in theContinue reading “Disciplining my child (and failing)”

Autism and Potty Voodoo

In regards to potty training, Big C has actually had a fairly easy time mastering the toilet. I attribute it to his independent and strong-willed nature.  He wants to be more self-sufficient, so that means learning to use the toilet. With that strong will comes a strong determination as to when he should and shouldContinue reading “Autism and Potty Voodoo”

ABA Lessons: get a big ‘effin paper bag and breathe into it

ABA Therapy: Applied Behavioral Analysis (recommended treatment for children with autism) Read my page on ABA therapy and how it applies to our unique situation. I receive an email from Big C’s ABA Consultant with his upcoming ABA schedule.  It consists of 21 hours a week of in-home therapy. Shit just got real, y’all. AsContinue reading “ABA Lessons: get a big ‘effin paper bag and breathe into it”

Autism and the Turkey Paci

Autism: “self + -ism”  (from the Greek prefix, auto = self) 1. a mental condition, present from early childhood, characterized by social-interaction difficulties, communication challenges and a tendency to engage in repetitive behaviors (oxforddictionaries.com, autismspeaks.org) 2. a tendency to view life in terms of one’s own needs and desires. (dictionary.com)  Isn’t this everyone? My definition: exhaustion (sprinkled with anxiety and a dash of humor) WTF?  Did she justContinue reading “Autism and the Turkey Paci”