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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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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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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!

Click on the video below!

 

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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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Abbey’s getting it, using whole sentences, look at her go!:)

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Abbey is doing it, she’s learning to use sentences!  Here’s a video of her asking for waffles..

I’ve been talking to the gals working with Abbey about how to teach her to do this and we’ve been brain storming, then at our last school meeting, the school team and I came up with which words to add to start with, to start the process.  It sure has been a long road to get here, but it’s so cool to see her catch on so well!  It sure takes a village!  Here’s a screen shot of Abbey’s ‘home page’ with the words we added.

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Here’s the screen shot of her asking for waffles.  In the video, you can see how easily she navigates to find what she wants, another long work in progress!  Proloquo2Go is so amazingly easy to add whatever we want and however we need it on there!

So, we used to have just one button for ‘I want’, we started by separating that into two.  The school had already really been working on having her add on ‘please’ to the end of her requesting sentences, to that part was easy for her.  Then we added ‘to, a, and the’, which I think will take a bit longer for her to learn to use.  So, what do you think?:)

Thank you so much for everyone’s help and support, including Abbey’s ‘team’ and the folks at Proloquo2Go!

Don’t forget to check out Abbey’s other videos, there’s a link to them on the home page!

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2013 in communicating, Proloquo2Go, Uncategorized

 

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