So, Back to School

So much happened this summer.  Most of it good.  As a couple we grew stronger.  Elder Daughter is feeling better.  Sassy Girl continues to make us laugh and bring a fresh perspective to all topics.  Hotspur is growing and shining and has begun new extracurricular activities.  Back to school started off on a negative note due to quite a bit of key staff turn over.  This setback was aggravated by what I have come to view as “the veil of secrecy philosophy” that the special education school strives to operate under....more

The Day I Was Dreading Is A Very Good Day Indeed

We had David's IEP meeting today. For those of you with neurotypical kids, an IEP is an education program that spells out exactly what David will be getting in school in the way of supportive services. This year, he'll still receive speech therapy, occupational therapy, and daily time with a learning support specialist, just like all his previous school years. There was one big difference to the plan this year, though.They recommended that David's personal aide be "phased out". ...more

Kids with ADHD do better in school after 20 minutes of exercise

A new study published in the "Journal of Pediatrics" says that kids with ADHD focus better and are less distracted after 20 minutes of exercise.In the study, kids with ADHD (between ages 8 and 10) who walked briskly on a treadmill for 20 minutes performed better on a computer game than they did without the exercise first. The kids with ADHD were able to slow down after making a mistake and focused better than without exercising first.Here's the study:

The Little Things

It's the little things, really, that make motherhood so rewarding: The extra long hugs, especially when you know your kids don't usually ...more

Flummox and Friends: Making TV for Quirky Kids

When you were a kid, did you ever wish Schoolhouse Rock taught lessons about playground social dynamics as well as math and science? A socially awkward child like I was certainly could have used something like Flummox and Friends, the new "off-beat, live action television show designed to help kids navigate the social and emotional world." I talked with Christa Dahlstrom, Flummox and Friends creator, about why her show is so needed, why you and your kids should watch its pilot, and what her next steps will be....more
Great interview! I did a short follow-up on this too:

You Don't Have an ADHD Child

Sometimes people don't realize what they're saying is offensive or hurtful because they've never been made aware, don't understand the connotations of what they're saying. I believe Penny's post at A Mom's View of ADHD is an important one. Our children are not defined by one thing in their lives, one struggle or one diagnosis. It is important for us, as adults, to acknowledge that with our word choice. ...more
I appreciate this post, thanks. As a teacher, I am very conscious of being sure not to define ...more

Welcome To Autism, It's Not Always Fair

When my husband left and I realized I had to go it alone in this parenting thing, I made a vow that my kids and I would have fun together, as much as possible. We'd go on outings, we'd take hikes, have movie nights, I'd ignore the dishes and step over the laundry and just go enjoy my kids' childhood as much as possible. ...more
Thanks for sharing. Sometimes I just need to hear I am not the only one struggling with these ...more

The One With A Memory

September 27th, 2009. Little Man was a couple months past his first birthday, and we were an emotional wreck. His daily therapy sessions with Infants and Toddlers were torture, he'd scream the entire 45 minutes until they left without being able to accomplish anything. We couldn't go out in public, because his fear of strangers was so overwhelming that if someone looked directly at him he would cry until we had to leave. No one could tell us much about his future except to tell us to wait and see what happened next....more

Charity looking for US Directors - reach out if interested

Hi everyone, This charity in support of  babies will soon be approved  in the US in the state of California. They are looking for US Directors to help them run from America. If you know of anyone who may wish to help get this project off the ground, please reach out to you, ...more

Mama On a Motherly Instinct Mission

The Little Man had an Occupational Therapy (OT) evaluation yesterday. We had seen one before at the Children's Hospital in the feeding clinic, but I didn't like the way they work (wanting me to bribe him to eat good foods by using things like chocolate and ice cream). Not only that, but the psychologist there isn't great with autism and they don't really "believe" in sensory issues - it's just not their thing. So rather than butt heads, we thanked them for their time and stopped going....more