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GinaProbert's picture

Help

Hello, my name is Gina, I'm a mother to a 7 year old boy with autism,.  I need help, I'm so over whelmed, I'm married to the father but never really wanted to get married, now my life is so much harder with our son.   My husband works so I'm the caregiver, fill time, I can't work, cause I'm so burdened with this child, I feel more stressed if I did have a job.  We've been married ten years.  I don't know where to turn.  My husband says we need to stay together for the sake of him,  I'm trying to fight depression as well, I'm on off meds, I just feel they can't help in this situation.  My family lives nearby, supportive but much older. Im not crazy about Inlaws who live in Florida, they just don't seem to get it.  

My son is attending a special school.  

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Don't call it a comeback......

I've been here for years........

 

After a couple of years of having this site think I am spam, it seems to want to work for me tonight. I haven't posted here in a very long time because of that, but I have kept blogging on Autistically Correct on Blogspot and we still have our Red Headphones for Autism Facebook page.

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Technology for Asperger kids

Hi,

 

I want to buy a tablet this Christmas for my son who has Aspergers but I can't decide which one would be best.  I want him to have apps for games and hopefully find some to help him with his challenges but I am also wondering if having a camera or recording ability might be good to help with taking notes and such.  Whether or not he would be willing to use it for that is questionable.  He is 9.  Any thoughts? 

swiftfox's picture

Autism Walk 2013

Well we decided to do the autism speaks  walk again this year.  We decided not to do a lot of fundraising this year and just wanted to walk to show support for our son and the community as a whole.  I think as parents we need things like this.  Ethan who has been back tracking some with his behavioral issues did an amazing job.  We put on a weighted back pack (just a small school bag with some stuff in it) and I don't know if it was the back pack or he was just having a great day but he did amazing!!!!  AMAZING!  He walked a lot of the walk either holding someone's hand or walked right in front of us.  When he was tired he walked over to the wagon and got himself inside it.  The weather was beautiful, he had a great day and that's all the really matters.  I am learning that he's going to have his bad days.  But when he has his good days it defiantly eclipse the bad day!

jenpay's picture

grain of sand

as told by Eric:

"Oh, Eric's my baby," I said as I took mommy's face in my hands, we were lying in my bed. "Oh, Eric's my baby. Eric's my boo boos. Are you my baby?" Mommy said. I love when we do this. I feel so happy. "Yes, Eric's a tiny baby," I said. "Eric's a big boy," Mommy said as she planted a kiss on my face. Mmmmmm........I don't like this as much. "No, Eric's a tiny baby," I repeated. "Are you tiny like a grain of sand?" "Yes" (this is my favorite) "Or, are you tiny like a speck of dust?" "No, tiny like a grain of sand." "Tiny like this?" Mommy said and she pinched her thumb and index finger together. "Yes, like this," I said mimicking her with my own fingers.

Mommy:

Eric wants to stay small and be a baby. He doesn't like the idea of getting bigger or getting older and often gets agitated when someone says, "you're getting bigger" or "look how you've grown!" And of course, people are going to say this. We all do, it's only natural. So, I try getting Eric used to the idea of getting older by explaining about birthdays and things big boys get to do that little boys or babies don't. Some days he's more receptive of my explanations others.

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Blending Hands-On and Digital Learning: Part 3

Are you still on the fence about letting your child use an iPad or other mobile technologies?  The latest survey by Common Sense Media shows that even since their last survey two years ago, media habits of children have changed significantly. One large difference includes the average daily use of mobile devices. Time spent on a mobile device has tripled from 5 minutes to 15 minutes in the past two years.

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Blending Hands-On and Digital Learning: Part 2

Continuing on with our series on blending digital and hands-on learning, we are going to switch focus today from one-on-one activities to ways to blend hands-on and digital learning in a whole group (classroom) setting. 

Keeping in mind Beth Holland’s questions regarding appropriate use of screen time in early childhood, we will be exploring an appropriatemeaningful, and empowering way to teach kids features of 2-dimensional shapes using the VoiceThread app and various tangible 2-dimensional shape resources.  

StagesLM's picture

Blending Hands-On and Digital Learning: Part 1

Stages Learning Materials will be starting a new blog series around blending digital and hands-on learning. There are a lot of mixed messages surrounding the use of technology in early childhood. In a recent Edutopia article, Beth Holland advises teachers and parents to look beyond all the negative screen time publicity and to ask themselves three questions when choosing to use digital materials:

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2 years since the diagnosis

I have not posted in roughly 10 months. Forgive me as I am rusty and I will be trying to catch you up on the recent events without being too mundane. I have been wanting to post, and have written several drafts, but none seemed 'good or worthy' enough to paste all over the internet. Tomorrow will mark two years since we received Bradley's diagnosis. I find it fitting (and mentally essential) to jump back in. He is now 3 years and 8 months old. I recall the home assessment like it was this morning. New faces entering our home, when I already knew what they were going to say at the end of the 2 hour process. Everything was so structured. Cold. Calm. Still. That didn't stop my face from become flush and  warm as the tears welled up in my eyes when I asked, "Do you think its Autism?" My voice was crackling, high pitched in tone as I  tried to hold in the inevitable. With an iota of reluctance and a light frown, she looked at my husband, then turned to me and said, "Yes. He is exhibiting all of the signs we see in Autistic toddlers." My husband sat still. I sat still on the floor, gazing at Bradley after I found the courage to take my hands off of my face.

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