Category Archives: Autism
Today, we had our last speech therapy appointment here in town. We did decide to drive 20 minutes after our move to meet with our current speech therapist until we start his EIBI appointments. I like the idea of keeping as many changes to a minimum as possible. That would be easier for Little Prince and he has bonded with his therapist and she really likes him too.
I had one of those moments with Little Prince today. One of those moments when you catch your breath and tears fill your eyes with the shear magic of it and the depth of love you feel for this little person.
You see, I have this habit of touching him when I walk by him. I will lightly touch his cheek, rub his head, or something similar and although his autism means he doesn’t usually like hugs or touching a lot, he likes this and he will lean his head into my hand like a kitten or a puppy does. It is very sweet.
Well today, I walked by while he was eating his lunch (or looking at his lunch actually) and on the way to check the mail, I touched his chest. He took my arm and squeezed my arm tightly to his chest and said, “Hug!”. I was totally moved and just whispered, “Oh baby, I love you!” and he, squeezed my arm again and said, “I luv you!”. He held my arm tightly to his chest for a few minutes, pulling me down so that my cheek touched his head and said again, “I love you!”
My boy wanted me to touch him, to love him and he said that he LOVED me!!! He found a way through his autism to let me know just how much I mean to him and tears filled my eyes and I put my cheek to his hair and said, “Baby, I LOVE you!” again, just because.
It was a very special moment and one I want to remember when we are sitting up together in the middle of the night.
This may be a little disjointed but this is a sort of stream of thought post. I have been thinking a lot of the new house and how I want things to be. I want it to be perfect for all the kids. I need to consider that we have little girls, a little boy and teenager. I need to consider the fact that there are different personalities, creative, quiet, energetic and autistic. And all of that needs to be incorporated into the kids zone of the house. So here are some of the ideas and inspirational pictures that have been floating around in my head in regards to organization for the kids at the new house.
I would like to divide the Classroom/Playroom area into sections:
- toys/play area
- school work
- reading nook
- crafting corner
- television, cozy spot
I have other ideas too that I am thinking of implementing in some way or the other in the Playroom/Classroom area,
- Creating picture labels and one word for each of the zones and for the organization of toys
- Separate all the into like kinds such as toy dishes, blocks, puzzles, cars, stuffies, animals, board games, art supplies, children’s books, musical instruments, and educational toys
- Have a comfy place to read near books as well as a comfy place to curl up to watch television
- There needs to be space on the floor to play, a table or desk for creativity, maybe a tactile board?
- I have heard that picture steps, picture rules and instructions posted in the bathroom, dining room and closet. This will be helpful for Little Prince (autism) and for the girls’ reading
- To help Little Prince with his balance and to help him burn off his energy I have thought of a ball pit, a small climbing structure with a slide and maybe a small trampoline
- I would love there to be lots of pillows of different colors, shapes, textures and kinds.
- The kids would love a bean bag chair, especially Little Prince
- And maybe I could have lids on toy bins to encourage the use of language for Little Prince??
And for Little Prince, I have been thinking that is hard to make his room cute as well as safe and comfortable. I want ways to decorate without him being able to destroy things or hurt himself.
Here are some things I have been thinking about
- Decorations for his room could be hanging from the ceiling, things like stars, clouds, or planes
- Lots of padding and pillows
- Soft, natural lighting which is better for mood and attention than artificial lighting
- Soft furniture and maybe quilts or something similar on walls absorb and soften sounds.
- Having his room be shades of blue may help with creativity and calmness.
- Alphabet and/or numbers on walls since he is so inspired by them.
- He may like twinkling (Christmas type) lights hanging from the ceiling or on his walls.
- Someone mentioned a ‘crash pad’ for she has for her son, which is in the corner and it is a padded mat that he can run and crash into when he needs to. Little Prince Crashes into the walls all the time and creating something like this, if we can, may be good for him.
This has been a day where I plan. I have been planning ways to make the playroom in the new house safe and fun for all the kids including Little Prince.
I have also been planning ways to make his room safe, comforting for him, as well as cute.
That got me thinking about when we start homeschooling there. I am trying to find what ways I can make it suitable for every one of the kids.
Then I got to thinking about homeschooling Little Prince when the time comes. I was researching curriculums, techniques, and tools.
On a sidenote, we discussed Little Prince’s EIBI therapy and homeschooling with his therapist the other day. She told us we are allowed to delay his school starting date for a year to make sure he is more ready. She feels that allowing him to benefit from a full year of EIBI would prepare him for homeschooling and I agree. I am hoping better communication skills will help me know how to approach his education.
This little cute decided to wake up at about midnight last night and refused to go back to sleep. At about 2 am he decided he needed me to take him downstairs for some shows, some books and a snack of “carrots” (which is what he calls crunchy cheesies). He went back to bed a couple of hours later, but didn’t go back to sleep until 9:30 this morning!!!!!! I am one tired mommy today! I let him sleep today because I would rather deal with sleep deprivation myself then deal with a sleep deprived, cranky boy. He is happiily watching Bubble Guppies and eating a sandwich at the moment. So he is happy anyway . . . even if I expect tonight to be a repeat performance of last night. Oh well, he is cute night-time companion.
Little Prince had Occupational therapy today. He worked hard and I am so proud of him. We talked to his therapist and found out that his speech therapist may be wrong and we will probably be getting all new therapists after we move. When we were finishing up, and she told me that this would be our last session together. I was surprised to find myself feeling emotional. She has done so much for Little Prince and he likes her so much. I am sad to know our time with her is finished. She has told us to have his next therapist call her, she said, “They can call anytime, I won’t need my chart. I will remember him.” She has expressed on lots of days how much she enjoys him and his sweet personality.
I got a shot in my knee today to help with my pain and I have to tell you, I was SCARED! I do NOT like needles. Prince Charming came with me for moral support and held my hand when the doctor stuck that needle WAY in!