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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!

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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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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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Candy, maybe too motivating?? Seizing Opportunities!! Day 7: My Autism Video Diary

Yesterday turned out to be a fun day, well most of it!  We went to a ‘trunk or treat’ event at our local autism center, The Responding to Autism Center.  My oldest son with high functioning autism put on ‘his idea’ of a costume and went to help out with one of the games for the kids, but ended up hanging out with his friends, from social skills classes, that showed up, for most of the time….which was really neat to watch.  My oldest kiddo, Maggie, almost 18 now also came and helped out with games.  I was so impressed with all the teenagers there, how great they were with the kids.  I saw lots of kiddos having a great time and a couple struggling…but a nice safe, understanding place to do it in!

So, Abbey participated in a new way this year, which was very exciting!  I added a folder to her Proloquo2Go on her iPad with the buttons, ‘trick or treat’ and ‘thank you.’  She caught on VERY quickly, that she received candy when she did this and had a big smile on her face….stay tuned for a blog post about this, WITH a very cute video!  And, yes, my Proloquo2Go peeps, I added the ‘thank you’ with expression, so super duper, extra cute!:)

Click below to see my video diary post for today and hear what I have to say about taking opportunities!!

 

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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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