Aspergers or not? Does it really matter?

When we received Lovebug’s diagnosis of Sensory Processing Disorder and ADHD, we were also told that it was “highly probable” that she had Asperger’s.  The doctor said that she was able to find a couple things that kept her from diagnosing Lovebug with Aspergers, and that she was glad because she didn’t like to diagnose kids . . . → Read More: Aspergers or not? Does it really matter?

What to do with a very active child in a hotel

I’ve talked before about our trampoline – the best thing ever – and how Lovebug uses it every single day to help burn up some of her excess energy.  We are now on day 16 in a hotel and we have another week to go before we’ll be in our house with our household goods, so . . . → Read More: What to do with a very active child in a hotel

A very out-of-sync morning!

We had a really rough time during school yesterday morning.  Lovebug had a serious meltdown!  We were working on schoolwork this morning, and she mentioned (nicely) that she didn’t want to do something we were working on.  I asked her (nicely) “Why don’t you want to do that?”, and she lost it.  She started crying and . . . → Read More: A very out-of-sync morning!

Helping your SPD kiddo & guests enjoy each other

Lovebug gets so excited when friends or family come to our house.  Over excited, actually.  For a long time, as soon as I opened the door to let in a grandparent, she would start running around in circles screaming or laughing hysterically while the grandparents stood patiently waiting for their greeting.  Not the warmest welcome!

I would . . . → Read More: Helping your SPD kiddo & guests enjoy each other

Learning to adapt when plans change

It’s hard when we change the plans on our kiddos sometimes, isn’t it? It’s funny that my daughter can be so easy going about some things, and so rigid about others.  She’s been completely fine with the foster kids coming and going in our home.  She’s ok that we don’t know which state we are moving . . . → Read More: Learning to adapt when plans change

The 30-second-hug that lasts a lifetime

My daughter doesn’t like to cuddle. She never has, even as a baby.  We used to rock her before bed each night and sing songs to her.  As soon as she could speak she would try to pull away from us, lean toward her crib and say “Bed!”.  I can count on one hand the number . . . → Read More: The 30-second-hug that lasts a lifetime

Homeschooling with SPD: Handwriting / Language Arts

One of the hardest things for me when teaching my daughter is the huge ability gap between different subjects, or even within a subject.

For example, she reads on at least a 3rd grade level.  It’s likely higher, but I haven’t ventured any higher because it’s hard enough finding age appropriate content in a chapter book.  Thankfully, . . . → Read More: Homeschooling with SPD: Handwriting / Language Arts

Handling the holidays with special needs

We’ve had a lot going on lately, and sometimes it’s hard to manage Lovebug’s sensory needs in the middle of all of it.  I’m still learning so much about her, what she needs, how to be proactive, and how best to help her.  We’ve been dealing with this at some level for years, . . . → Read More: Handling the holidays with special needs

Fingernail Painting in a Sensory World

My daughter came to me a few days ago and said she wanted me to paint her fingernails.  Actually she said, “Will you paint my nails for me pleeeeeeease?”

*cringe*

Did she not remember the last time?

Sure, she looks super cute with her colored nails, but it’s quite the process getting there.

She can’t sit still.  It’s hard to . . . → Read More: Fingernail Painting in a Sensory World

How Great is Our God!

I have to brag on my daughter! It’s my blog, I’m allowed!

My daughter is a lot of wonderful things.  She’s smart, funny, a great reader, a colorful dresser, and a lover of animals…but a stage performer she is not.  She doesn’t like to talk or sing on stage or in front of anyone.  She gets nervous . . . → Read More: How Great is Our God!