Autism

Indoor Play Place

Our van has not been drivable for most of the last year. The last time we went to the fast food restaurant that houses this indoor play place, the twins were too young and too tiny to play. Elisha slid down the slide with Hosanna and she loved it. Daddy slid down the slide with Zion and he loved it (yes daddy loved it too). I have no idea what Moses was pointing at. Hosanna checking out the floor. It was soft and rubbery which was something new for her. Hosanna attempting to climb. Hosanna is sad that she is …

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The Bridge That Elisha Built

Elisha has been meeting with his OT fairly regularly for the past year. Since the fall, when our van broke down, she has been coming to our house. Our house is loud, we have five kids. While Elisha has been working on strengthening his fine motor abilities, he also has been learning to working through frustrations and follow a sequence of instructions. During each visit he has been tackling a project that requires him to work step by step. I am amazed at how much progress we made this past year. I should have been taking pictures of all the …

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When Autism Visits Your House

I had a chat with a mama today who had recently received a diagnosis of autism for her child.   It got me to thinking way back to when Elisha was six years old. He was just finishing up his one and only year in public school. Shortly before he started kindergarten, he received a diagnosis of ADHD from the family doctor. That fit, but it didn’t seem like a perfect fit.   The school recommended autism testing and I agreed.   The testing is quite involved. I had to fill out a very long form and have a 4 …

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Special Needs – Sensory Bottles

Have you ever made a sensory bottle? We made a sensory bottle on Wednesday and the kids all loved it. We started with an empty 2L bottle (but you can use any size). We added in equal parts of water, corn syrup, and cooking oil.  Then we added food coloring, plastic beads, and shiny glitter. We put glue on the lid and screwed it on very tight. We turned the bottle upside down and then we shook it. The kids took turns for the next hour shaking the bottle and watching the liquids separate. Overall, it was a success. Here …

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Special Needs – Take A Sensory Break!

If you are dealing with a child with sensory issues, then this post is for you. Take a Sensory Break! We were discussing our son’s sensory issues with our OT recently and she mentioned that another one of her homeschool families takes a sensory break every day. I thought this was a great idea. Purposely plan sensory activities into our day! It sounds like such a simple idea, but really, I had not thought of incorporating the whole family and taking a sensory break. Sensory breaks could include a variety of different things, calming or stimulating, depending on the needs …

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Menu Planning

Grocery day is coming up at our house. We always shop for the month, but I have been pretty bored with the food we have been eating lately. I decided to have a family meeting and see if we could come up with some creative ideas of things to eat. Let me just say here that we have some food issues in our house. We were gluten free, casein free for almost 2 years due to ADHD, Autism, and Aspergers  in our family. The diet was amazing and helped immensely. Last summer we reintroduced gluten and casein to see how …

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Christmas Crafts

Today we did some Christmas crafts. Bright Red Stockings I cut out bright red stockings from some big pieces of construction paper. The kids glued cotton balls across the tops (and various other places) of the stockings.  All the kids participated in this project. This was the twins first experience with glue. Christmas Trees I cut a bunch of strips of green construction paper out. The boys glued them to colored paper. The gluing was extremely stressful for Elisha. He had to have much encouragement and help to finish. The other kids did pretty good. Zion and Hosanna even created …

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