Navigating The Holidays With Special Needs #christmas #specialneeds #autism #adhd

Navigating The Holidays With Special Needs

I am tired. Really tired. Not so much from a lack of sleep, although I am that kind of tired too. No, I am more weary, soul tired. My limbs feel heavy as I move through my days, and find I need to tell myself to pay attention when someone is talking. It's December. I love Christmas. LOVE it. I don't want to be...Read More
What No One Tells You When Your Child Is Diagnosed With Autism #autism #autismmom #specialneeds

What No One Tells You When Your Child Is Diagnosed With Autism

Every autism mom I know remembers the moment she heard the word. The moment the doctor confirmed what somewhere, deep down inside, she already knew. The moment the diagnosis was confirmed. The moment it became official. Your child has autism. That moment is a big one in our lives. It's the moment that marks no turning back. And a new life, whether we like...Read More
31 Days of Winter Sensory Activities (for all ages!) #sensoryactivities #winteractivities #sensorykids #sensoryprocesingdisorder #handsonlearning

31 Days Of Winter Sensory Activities (for all ages!)

The weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas are a lot of fun around here. We decorate together. We drink hot chocolate. We watch as many Christmas movies as possible. It's fun, but it is also overstimulating and anxiety inducing for my boys. The unique sensory experience of the holidays (think Christmas music blaring with an artificial pine candles burning) combined with a different routine can...Read More
100 Sensory Activities For All Ages = #sensorykids #sensoryactivities #spd #homeschooling

100 Sensory Activities For All Ages

 It started when my son's occupational therapist handed me a worksheet describing a "Sensory Diet." I went home in tears. I remember thinking as I sobbed in the parking lot, "How am I going to add this in to all that we are already doing? I feel like I'm failing already." It just felt like more. It took a lot of time, many more...Read More
Is Sensory Processing Disorder Real? #sensoryissues #sensory processingdisorder #spd #autism #adhd

Is Sensory Processing Disorder Real?

Sensory issues are a part of our life. They are a significant part of our life. For years, we have accommodated my son's sensory differences daily. These accommodations have become almost second nature around here.  (For example, I was shopping alone - praise Jesus! - at Costco the other night. I heard a baby starting to wail and I instantly tensed up. Not for the poor...Read More