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Video of Abbey’s Year of Successes! Autism is HARD, but we celebrate how far she has come!

Here it is!  Abbey’s Year video!!  I don’t think I got around to doing one last year, but we have several older ones on our YouTube channel.  It’s amazing to see how far she has come! She’s happier than ever, communicating more than ever and is really getting the hang of going new places and trying new things!

Celebrate with us as we look back and see how we have helped Abbey learn and grow!

Click here to watch Abbey’s Year 2014!

 

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Abbey, the Artist

Abbey’s an artist, well, kind of.  It all started with her caregiver coloring and Abbey tried to copy what she was coloring.  Then…she was hooked.  She is sitting coloring, and coloring, and coloring now!  We’re going on Day 3 of lots and lots of coloring.  She does repetitive patterns unless you color something on another piece of paper, then, she will try to copy what you have drawn, well, sometimes.:)

This is a new thing for her.  Years ago, when she learned how to do an “A”, we had A’s all over the house, on books, walls and even her own legs.  When she learned circles, we had circles all over everything.  So, we’ve got progress, she’s mostly staying on paper, just going over the edges onto the table.:)
Click on the video below and see if you can catch her line pattern.:)

 

 
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Posted by on May 23, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Day 24: My Autism Video Diary – Time change is a killer!

It took her the entire week, but she finally seems to have adjusted to the time change!

Whew, what a week!

What a difference that one little hour makes!  Usually Abbey adjusts so well to change, and it took me a couple of days to figure out what the actual problem was.  Abbey doesn’t know how to tell time, but we’ve always known, for years, that she has some kind of internal clock.  When there is something that always happens at the same time, she starts sensing when it’s supposed to happen.  So, when the clocks rolled back an hour, she got up Monday morning and even though I tried to tell her that she had school, when the time came and went, she thought she was staying home.  We had 4 grumpy, “I’m not going to school” days in a row because of this!  She likes to stay home, but knows she needs to go to school, so if there’s a chance to stay home and then you take it away…watch out!  She saw her chance and I kept taking it away!:(

So, solution for future dilemma’s like this??  My home team worked on a visual for Abbey to know whether it is school or not.  I’ll share when it’s done, if it’s helping her.:)  We’re hoping this will also give her a meaningful way to understand the days of the week and understand the calendar that she practices every day!

Click on the video below!

 
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Posted by on November 8, 2013 in autism, Daily Life

 

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Day 23: My Autism Video Diary – Monday’s are really hard!

The Abster is a grumpster this morning, didn’t want to get ready for school!  We distract and stay busy once we’re all ready and waiting for the bus!

She wasn’t very into doing her exercises with me this morning, but she did them.  Then we smelled the roses and pulled the petals off to stay busy for the rest of the time.  This is a favorite activity for Abbey, but I don’t let her do it very often, so she sure got into that!

Here she is with the roses:)

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Click on the video below to see her doing her exercises, rather grumpily:

P.S.  She’s carrying her iPad mini in a Chat Bag, found at http://www.chatbag.net

 

 
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Posted by on November 4, 2013 in autism, Daily Life, nonverbal, sensory

 

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Day 22: My Autism Video Diary – Playing with toys appropriately!! Well, with a sensory flair!

Here’s Abbey actually playing with some toys appropriately, which is hard to come by!  Ok, well, kind of.:)  It’s super neat to see her playing and not ‘stacking or piling!’

You’ll also notice the sensory component that is included in everything she does!!

 
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Posted by on November 2, 2013 in autism, sensory

 

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Day 21: My Autism Video Diary – Request of the day on Proloquo2Go on her iPad!

Here’s Abbey asking for the same thing over and over….she’s got a one-track mind today!

It’s been a rough week of not enough sleep for either of us.  We’re doing much better now so I’m counting my blessings as she repeats herself over and over, so thankful that it’s in such a nice sentence!:)

 

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Day 19: My Autism Video Diary – Look How Far We’ve Come!!

It’s so important to look back!  Sometimes you feel like you’re at a stand still, not making much progress or that it’s just going so slowly.  When you look back and see, over time, all the progress there has been, it can give you that motivation again to keep on truckin’!  Whether you’ve video taped when they were younger or have old IEP’s to look at or just even old pictures, look back, look at how far you’ve come!!  Look at how far we’ve come!!

Click on the video below! And, wait until you see the video on the bottom…a blast from the past!:)

Click on the video below to see Abbey getting ready in the morning, right after we started using a picture schedule for her, before she had a communicating device.  It made such a difference with her!

 
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Posted by on October 27, 2013 in autism, communicating, Daily Life, nonverbal

 

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Having a hard day, feeling overwhelmed? OR, is your child having a hard day or feeling overwhelmed? Here’s a great cure for the blues!

Distraction works wonders with most young children and has been a life savor for me with Abbey!  Sometimes we are both getting frustrated and BOTH of us need a distraction!  The things that help to distract Abbey vary all of the time.  Food works the best, but isn’t the best for her, obviously, so we try not to use that one unless we have to.  Fav movies and toys works sometimes as well, but I love the idea of doing something together, something that will distract you both, maybe even relax you both.  Abbey and I love going to the park, but don’t go very often, usually only when school is out. She loves music, so sometimes I can just turn on some music and dance with her.  A fav distraction for us both, when we’re getting grumpy, is dad coming home from work, saving the day!
This post I read, below, reminded me that there are some great things we can do together when Abbey’s having a bad day, or even when I’m having a bad day and am not feeling as patient as I usually am.  Abbey and I like to cook and bake together, we like to water the plants and go look at flowers together, and often times not only are these things great at distracting, they are also great at teaching many things, not just daily life skills, but things like referencing and learning to complete a task together, team work.  So, figure out what things you guys like to do together and keep a mental list of them, use them when you or your child are feeling overwhelmed!  Sometimes just having fun together can bring that happy feeling back and restore the peace you both need! 
Cure the blues, or if meltdowns are happening over and over and you’re both about to lose it, by changing the scenery, changing the mood….go somewhere, work together, or even better, have fun together!  Have so much fun that there’s no room left to be grumpy!
Need some ideas?  Below is a great list by Mama Be Good:

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Posted by on October 27, 2013 in autism, Daily Life, nonverbal

 

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Day 18: My Autism Video Diary – Do I have enough patience???

Today was a patience testing kind of day.  It takes an extraordinary amount of patience to raise a child with autism and I have a lot of it, most of the time…but sometimes, I wonder, do I have enough??

She’s starting to understand more and more what she’s supposed to do and what she’s not, but sometimes the temptations are too much for her and there she goes into everything again, or not stopping to play outside to come in and go potty.  She’ll go months and months doing great and then once she does it, seems like she does it over and over and over!  She listens well….trick is, as long as I’m patient and firm, together!  She can totally tell now when I’m getting frustrated, oh dear!

 
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Posted by on October 26, 2013 in autism, Daily Life, nonverbal

 

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Day 17: My Autism Video Diary – Why does progress always pair with other problems??

Abbey has made so much progress communicating and with so many of her really hard behaviors, but why does it seem like when they make great progress in one area, another area gets harder?

It seems like Abbey’s sensory world just gets completely out of control, out of this world crazy sometimes, and we’re seeing it now more than ever!  Is it just because she’s so much bigger and older now?  She has broken a very long list of things in her house like her window, holes in walls, our couch, her bed, more chairs than I can remember, just to name a few…and none of them when she was mad!  She broke all of these things just rocking, bouncing, jumping around in big, huge movements.  We have swings inside and out, exercise balls, stuff to chew on, sensory stuff all over our house for her to play with…but it’s just not enough.  Will we be able to find something that is enough?  I don’t know, but we’re working on it!  We’re working on another outside trampoline as her inside one just doesn’t seem to do much for her…but, problem is, she’s so heavy and so rough on things, we need a really good, safe one…yes, expensive, just like everything Abbey needs and breaks!  Well, more praying!  AND, as we work on these really hard things, we’re just gonna keep on focusing and celebrating the great things that are happening, ’cause that’s what it’s all about!

 
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Posted by on October 25, 2013 in autism, communicating, Daily Life, sensory

 

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