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July 27, 2011

My daughter chose to create this rabbit costume all on her, who can't engage in imaginative play?

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June 19, 2011

Captain Obvious Speaks - The everyday routines of families of children with autism: Examining the imp...

New Blog Series - Captain Obvious Speaks
I love to check out the new research studies that come out on Autism. Mainly because they are very obvious and wonder how these researchers are coming up with topics to study.  Check out the first of many.

Yes, when the kids start to meltdown, the last thing I want to do is take them out. 

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via Autism current issue by Schaaf, R. C., Toth-Cohen, S., Johnson, S. L., Outten, G., Benevides, T. W. on 6/13/11

The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore the lived experience of how sensory-related behaviors of children with autism affected family routines. In-depth semi-structured interviews were conducted with four primary caregivers regarding the meaning and impact of their child's sensory-related behaviors on family routines that occurred inside and outside the home. Findings indicated that sensory behaviors are one factor that limited family participation in work, family and leisure activities; and that parents employed specific strategies to manage individual and family routines in light of the child's sensory-related behaviors. This information has important implications for professionals who work with families of children with autism to decrease caregiver stress and to increase life satisfaction for the child and family.

Things you can do from here:

June 12, 2011

Quote Vibe for the Day

"Everybody is a GENIUS. But if you judge a FISH by its ability to CLIMB A TREE, it will spend its whole life believing that it is STUPID."

Albert Einstein

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May 29, 2011

Work/Life Balance; money vs motherhood

I am working on the topic for this weeks show.  It comes directly from my life.  Last week I missed my oldest son's IEP meeting.  I knew it was coming up, but I forgot when it was.  I have been stressed out from my job and working overtime, so much that I really don't know when the last time it was that I read a communication book entry.  My hubby is really a novice when it comes to advocating for the kids and leaves it to me.  

I have been getting to work late and was just put on notice that I need to clean up my act. So of course, I re schedule the 2nd part of my son's meeting at a time that will make me 2 hours late for work.  I am not used to this.  Last year I could make any meeting, but of course I was making below minimum wage and living with my parents.  Now I have my own household, with bills to pay and again, I find I am faced with a money vs motherhood crisis.

What to do?  Let's talk about it tonight at 6:30PM EST only on You Aut to Know!
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I feel like this.....

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May 19, 2011

I miss it!!!

Its been about nine months since I last posted.... and I miss it terribly.  I miss doing the show and most of all I miss sharing things about my life through the blog and the show.  So, I decided, to start it up again!

Things will be a little different this time around.  There is a saying, about walking a mile in someones shoes and yes my feet are tired.
I have a totally different experience that I want to share with other parents.

A little re cap
I have 3 kids on the autism spectrum.  Last August, I had an epiphany of sorts, that happened to coincide with my new job.  Previously I had spent the last six years being an at home mom.  With the kids needs I found difficult to hold down a full time job.  With my youngest entering kindergarten, I thought it might be a good time to go back to work.  And it was.  Not only that I reconciled with my husband and I moved to another state.

Change, change and more change!  Surprisingly the kids handled it better than I expected.  But the road has not been without its bumps and bruises.  All detailed in my upcoming radio broadcast.
The life of working mother with kids on the autism spectrum is dramatically different than the life of mother at home.  No brainer, right?

At the onset of this shift, I had altered my long held views on autism and how I processed the children's label and abilities. Most of these realizations have not changed, instead, I would say they have been enhanced.
I am no longer the advocacy aficionado I once claimed to be.  In fact I probably need an advocate(more on that in a future post!!!!)  In the upcoming shows and post, I will be learning as much as I am facilitating.  I welcome this new role and I can't wait to get started

I have no guest planned for the next show.  It will be me in a shorter segment of time, but what I hope to share with you will hopefully be uplifting, encouraging and brutally honest.

So if anyone is still reading this blog and wants to listen to the next broadcast, welcome!

See you Sunday, time to be determined as the rules and regs of the platform I use for the show have also dramatically changed.

If one thing is constant its change, whether we like it or not.

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