Happy To Be Me

When I was younger, low self esteem issues really clouded the way I saw myself and the world. Seriously, I used to think of myself as quite a boring person, no outstanding passions, and hidden resentments. Hidden because I didn’t really believe they were there, but they were. Happy enough, but then self-doubt would rear…

Why we love HOME

Home is our refuge, safe space. The important thing how we feel doing activities together, play with each other, and enjoy each other’s company.

“Go out eat!”

OMG. I hope I don’t jinx anything by blogging about it. But Little Star’s speech is finally moving along! We have waited so long for this moment. On Monday morning, Little Star woke up earlier than I did (as usual :). She entertained herself for a while… then a thought struck her. In my half…

Diary entry: Moving Mountains

A reminder to myself that even on days where there was alot of exclusivity and isming, there are still alot of opportunities for appreciating red lights, and green light moments. Yesterday she was about 50% on everything I would say. But am learning, learning slowly to appreciate her red lights. When I appreciate her isms…

Autism is not a disease

Autism is not a disease. You don’t want to fight it. But you can “cure” it with love.

Making people less scary

How building stronger relationships with your child can help them interact with others. #autism #relationshipbased #playtherapy

Eating vegetables and asking questions 🙋 

The FIRST TIME Little Star eats vegetables of any kind ON HER OWN. And asks “go where” and “where” questions – even though she is only at Stage 1 verbal communication. 🎉

Pasta in a shredded chicken and broccoli bone broth soup

Going GFCF was not easy and we had many setbacks… So am posting foods that were hits with Little Star.  Lately, we realised that she would eat almost anything if it was in the form of the classic, pasta and soup!  Look at the picture, it’s full of broccoli a and she doesn’t bat one…

Attitude is everything in loving an autistic child

Everything lately – when I talk to our volunteers, when we discuss challenging behaviours, when we talk about the progress Little Star has made and even the ones she has yet to make, when coming up with games for the playroom, being with her, and managing expectations of autistic kids (less is more, none even better)… Seems to boil down or lead back to attitude.

Journal: cutting food (and saying cut!) 

This morning Little Star was having a breakfast omelette. She wanted to cut the food herself, as she kept grabbing the knife. I cheered her and we had some fun, cutting up her omelette with assistance. She allowed me to hold her hand with the knife and cut in a sawing motion.  We went for…