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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 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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Abbey SAID ‘Trick or Treat’ with her iPad, for the FIRST time, using Proloquo2Go!

It so exciting when you find something that motivates your kiddos to communicate!!  It doesn’t come easy, but I think, gets easier as they start learning and start realizing how it works for them.  Some days, she’s a communicating machine and other days, it’s like pulling teeth.  It all depends on her mood and what she wants, how motivating it is for her and how motivated she needs to be that day.  Some days she needs some prompting and other days, she just goes and goes…those days make me so happy!

So, this was a pretty good day!  She was happy and very motivated by candy!  This video shows the progression from the beginning, starting with me showing her what to do, to her figuring it out and going with it!  Candy is extremely motivating, as you will see!  So cute!  I used one of the ‘expressions’ on Proloquo2Go for ‘thank you’, so that’s super cute too…

Click the video below to see her treat or treating, in action!

 

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I Made a List…Yes, I did! Day 6: My Autism Video Diary – Here it is, all my secrets!

I get asked all the time, what has helped us, what has helped Abbey??  I tried to delve into some of these things in my other video diaries…but I kept thinking of a few more things that felt too important to me to leave out!  So, here it is, I put it all in a LIST!  Here are the most important things that I feel could help many others dealing with autism.  Helping others along this journey is what keeps me going…so please share, what has helped you?  What has helped your child?  And, how has my LIST helped you?

Autism can be really hard.  Trying to figure out what can help your child can be really hard.  Trying to narrow down what to do first can be super hard.  Then, trying to fit it all in, on top of everything else, can feel impossible!  I get it!  It can be so overwhelming that, if you’re like me, the days pass by and you don’t work on the things you want to.  It’s so hard to get past that overwhelming feeling and just do it!

I get asked all the time…“How do it do it?”  Well, through all my struggles and still always feeling like I need to work on more balance, here’s what I’ve figured out, so far….

Click on the video below!

 
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Posted by on October 12, 2013 in autism, Daily Life, nonverbal

 

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Are you ready? Abbey’s ALL TIME Favorite Apps! Here they are!

So, yes, Abbey is a bit of a foodie, as you can tell.  Ok, so, she really loves food.  You can tell by the apps that she chooses to play the most.  These apps are fun and they do work on pretend play, creativity and lots more!  Wait til you see what she likes to top her donuts with…oh, boy, she’s her father’s child, for sure!:)

 

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Sleep? What’s that? Balance? Hmm..I’m trying!! Day 5: My Autism Video Diary!

Here’s day 5!  I’m talking today about what an issue sleep has been with Abbey and what we’ve done to work on it.  I’m also talking about that progression that we all have to be patient for, when we find something we just know is going to help our kids, how patience is key!

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Day 4: My Autism Video Diary – Off to get Chocolate and Sibling Rivalry!

Ok, I’m looking 1/2 asleep but life continues…sibling rivalry, Abbey swiping Wes’s chocolate and so much more…yes, life continues, but autism always adds an interesting twist!

 
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Posted by on October 10, 2013 in autism, Daily Life, nonverbal

 

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Day 3: My Autism Video Diary – This stuff really helps Abbey! (tummy problems and big meltdowns!)

On Day 3, I’m a bit more rested and ready to talk about some of the stuff we’ve figured out over the years that’s really helped Abbey…here ya go!

Click on the video below!

 
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Posted by on October 9, 2013 in autism, Daily Life, nonverbal, Uncategorized

 

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2 Apps that Make Abbey’s Life Better! Here are demos and How we use them with Abbey!

Abbey’s communicating app, Proloquo2Go is her voice.  We still have a long way to go, but it’s so exciting to watch her learn little by little, finding her voice!

Click here for the video demo of Proloquo2Go and how we use it with Abbey!

Then, Pictello taught Abbey to enjoy looking at pictures.  This may seem like it’s not a big deal, but she’s very visual and her enjoying social stories of real pictures of real places and real people doing things that she struggles with, are huge!  She loves to look at her stories on Pictello now and I love that she looks at stories I’ve made of our family trips and about going to the dentist!

Click her for the video demo of Pictello and how we use it for Abbey!

 

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