Autism · Parenting · Sensory Processing Disorder

Neurological Evaluations and Diagnosis: What I Wish Someone Had Told Me

I hung up the phone and started to cry. I was alone in my room so that I could speak to the doctor’s office privately. I could hear my son starting to meltdown and my husband trying to help him in the next room. But I couldn’t move. I could not open that bedroom door and… Continue reading Neurological Evaluations and Diagnosis: What I Wish Someone Had Told Me

Homeschooling · Sensory Processing Disorder

Movement and Learning For The Older Child

“I can think of better ideas, Momma, if you just let me walk around.” My eleven-year-old son was narrating a story, as part of our writing lesson for the day. I was typing his words as he spoke them and had asked him to stay close to me so I could hear him spin his tale.… Continue reading Movement and Learning For The Older Child

Dyslexia · Parenting · Sensory Processing Disorder

Lies I Believe About Being A “Special Needs Mom”

I leaned over the kitchen counter, my head in my hands, and tried to take a few deep breaths. The house was a disaster, I hadn’t finished reading lessons my youngest in three days, I was still in my pj’s at 11AM, and my eleven year old was melting down over not being able to buy… Continue reading Lies I Believe About Being A “Special Needs Mom”

Autism · Sensory Processing Disorder

Sometimes The Basics Are The Most Difficult

My son showed me exactly how he planned to install a CPU into his computer yesterday. (If you don’t know what that is, don’t worry. You are in good company. I listen to my son tell me all about computer parts for most of the day, every day, and I am still not 100% sure… Continue reading Sometimes The Basics Are The Most Difficult

Sensory Processing Disorder

Parenting A Child With Sensory Processing Disorder

Sensory processing disorder affects my oldest son, all the time. It’s here every day, day in and day out, making my son uncomfortable in his own body, and unable to tolerate so many things that I just take for granted. Temple Grandin, speaks candidly about the sensory issues that accompany her autism diagnosis. She speaks candidly… Continue reading Parenting A Child With Sensory Processing Disorder

Autism · Family · Sensory Processing Disorder

Because Halloween And Autism Can Be Scary

Oh my goodness, Halloween is almost here. And, like every year, I am anticipating it with a certain amount of excitement, and a certain amount of anxiety. If you don’t have a child on the spectrum or with sensory processing issues, you may think my anxiety is about homemade costumes or sweet decorations. If you… Continue reading Because Halloween And Autism Can Be Scary

Anxiety · Autism · Parenting · Sensory Processing Disorder

Sleep Deprivation and Mothering a Child with Special Needs

I celebrated my birthday last weekend. My family blessed me with exactly the right gift – two nights away to get caught up on sleep. (I know. Can you believe it? They’re awesome!) This was literally the only gift I really wanted. After several years of one sleep battle after another (really 13 years, but… Continue reading Sleep Deprivation and Mothering a Child with Special Needs

Anxiety · Autism · Sensory Processing Disorder

Helping My Son Enjoy The Summer

I watched my son tense as the water splashed him in the face. The sounds of so many children – laughing, splashing, having fun. The look on my son’s face – crying, stressed, uncomfortable, frustrated. I went over to the side of the pool and asked him if I could help him out. He looked… Continue reading Helping My Son Enjoy The Summer

Parenting · Sensory Processing Disorder

Summer and Sensory Processing Disorder

When my children want to say a bad word, they “bleep” themselves. Things like, “Oh bleep,” and “That really bleeped me off.” It’s cute, although sometimes concerning – legality vs. our hearts is kind of big topic around here. But today, I am going to follow their lead and say – Summer is really kicking… Continue reading Summer and Sensory Processing Disorder

Autism · Dyslexia · Homeschooling · Parenting · Sensory Processing Disorder

25 Resources for Out of the Box Learning

Parenting children with learning differences can be an immense challenge. For me, part of this challenge is that my sons’ learning differences also (necessarily) mean mothering differences for me. Eating, sleeping, showering, playing and yes, learning – all require a different approach in order for my sons to thrive. I have spent years trying to… Continue reading 25 Resources for Out of the Box Learning

Autism · Sensory Processing Disorder

How We Have Accommodated My Son’s Sensory Processing Disorder

I pushed against the coffee Keurig, with almost all my weight, while my glorious cup of coffee brewed. When I stepped away, my friend asked, “Why do you do that?” I looked at her, blinking and almost not understanding the question. Because it has become second nature to me, I don’t even realize I am… Continue reading How We Have Accommodated My Son’s Sensory Processing Disorder

Autism · Sensory Processing Disorder

Learning To Embrace God’s Design For My Children

He really, really wanted to see that stinky flower. For months, he had walked by the “titan arum” at the gardens and told me all about it. How it’s like a once in a lifetime thing to actually see it bloom, how rare of an experience it would be, how it actually smells like rotting… Continue reading Learning To Embrace God’s Design For My Children

Autism · Parenting · Sensory Processing Disorder

Eating Issues and Sensory Processing Disorder: An All Day Long Affair

“I think I could eat pumpkin pie,” he said tentatively. It was 9:30 PM. He should’ve been on his way to bed. I should’ve been on my way to bed (my eyes already felt like I needed to hold them open with toothpicks and my legs were heavy…way heavy, begging me to just lie down… Continue reading Eating Issues and Sensory Processing Disorder: An All Day Long Affair