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Day 13: My Autism Video Diary – Here’s Abbey trying to tell me something!

Here’s Abbey trying to tell me something!  The video of her is a bit hard to hear, sorry, should have turned up the volume on her iPad.  I think you should be able to make it out, though.

She’s been doing a lot of talking lately…with her device, which has been very exciting!  She uses Proloquo2Go to talk to us.  And, she’s bringing it to us, which I explain in the video, is huge!

Click below to see the video!

 

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Abbey’s Favorite Calming/Creative Apps!!

There are so many apps out there that we have tried with Abbey that we feel help calm her, and let her explore her creativity.  She loves water, I mean really loves water, so Koi Pond has been a big hit of hers for a long time.  There are now several like this, but this remains her favorite one.

So, click on the video below to see Abbey’s favorite calming and creative apps!

 
 

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Day 12: My Autism Video Diary – It’s Alien DNA! Humor Saves the Day with my Struggling Learners!

Ok, here’s another homeschooling post about my boys.  Our DNA project turned out to be pretty hard for them…but how do we get through tough days?  Humor!

What’s interesting is that, although, the type of humor is different, this works a lot of the time with Abbey too!  She has a very different and unique sense of humor, as do my boys, but it gets us through some tough things and helps us have FUN together!!

Click below to see the video!

 
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Posted by on October 18, 2013 in autism, homeschooling

 

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Day 11: My Autism Video Diary – Mornings are a BREEZE!

We used to use a visual schedule for mornings and it worked great, first on her Dynavox, then on her iPad with Proloquo2Go.  We haven’t had to use it in years, though, because she knows the routine and will even willingly do things out of order.

Some mornings are a bit hard to get her out of bed, she’ll pull the covers up over her head…but not usually for more than a few minutes, then she’s up.  Some mornings, she wakes up at 4 or 5, leaving mom wanting to pull the covers up over her head!  But, 99% of the time, she’s happy to get ready, knows just what to do (although still requires my help to do some of it) and is happy to go to school!  Long gone are the days that I thought we’d never get out the door…and some mornings, we didn’t!

Click below to see US talking about it, ok, well, I’m doing all the talking, but Abbey obviously is agreeing with me!:)

 

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Day 10: My Autism Video Diary – Discombobulated!!

What a champ Abbey was this morning!  Nothing went the way it always does, routine went right out the window, but she went with the flow, no problem!

Of course routines are important for our kids for many reasons, teach them what they need to do and in what order, and to decrease their anxiety by knowing what is going to happen…but days like today happen!  It’s important to mix it up sometimes so that when nothing goes as planned, they don’t fall apart!

 
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Posted by on October 16, 2013 in autism

 

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Day 9: My Autism Video Diary – He’s Got This! Thank goodness, ’cause I sure don’t!

On my walk this morning, I was thinking about how I found peace….peace in the midst of struggle.  Here’s how!

Click on the video below…

 
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Posted by on October 15, 2013 in autism

 

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Day 8: My Autism Diary – Homeschooling my Struggling Learners

Ok, so today’s post isn’t about Abbey.  What was on my mind was homeschooling my boys, one of which is diagnosed with high functioning autism.  And, it’s good to ‘mix it up’ a bit every once in a while, right?

Abbey’s brothers have strengths and weaknesses just like Abbey, just like every child.  My son with autism is so fascinated with history and it makes a subject that’s never been a favorite of mine, fun!  But, boy does he struggle in other areas, making it hard sometimes, but always interesting!

Click on the video below to hear about my day homeschooling so far…

 
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Posted by on October 15, 2013 in autism, Daily Life, Writing, Writing Skills

 

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