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4th of July with an SPD kiddo

Having a child with Sensory Processing Disorder, I have to be extra aware of the amount of stimulation that she receives, and in what ways.  I also have to balance that with her food intake (both the amount that she eats and what type of food she eats) and the amount of rest and/or downtime that . . . → Read More: 4th of July with an SPD kiddo

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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?

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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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

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To the moms who have been THAT mom

Thank you all for the response to the Walmart post!  I really appreciate you reading, commenting, and sharing that post – keep it coming! I love hearing from each of you.  I’m overwhelmed actually.  I’ve been working on a response for the last couple days and I just can’t get my mind around the big picture . . . → Read More: To the moms who have been THAT mom

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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

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To the woman with the autistic child at Walmart…

Dear Struggling Mom,

I heard your child all over the store.  As I visited different areas of the store in search for the things on my list, I could hear him stimming.  Loudly.  I recognized it immediately.  My heart immediately went out to you even though I hadn’t seen you yet.  I knew that grocery shopping was . . . → Read More: To the woman with the autistic child at Walmart…

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