Having wonderful next moments: a few bad instances do not define your day

Where Little Star plays interactively with me for 30 minutes, is interested in my drawings and writes letters spontaneously and independently for the first time.

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“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…

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. 🎉

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…

Encouraging language without expectations #autism #play

Wanting Little Star to say a certain word, but not expecting her to say it, has opened up so many ways to encourage language. Cutting out the expectations equals cutting out fear, frustration, disappointment or feelings of failure, which in turn enables me to put so much more in the effort.

Thanks to you we fundraised more than SGD3,000!

Or specifically SGD3,395 😀 I realized we have been updating our Facebook page to the neglect of our blog. We did our shout outs, thanks and updates at Little Star’s Facebook Page. It’s still so hard to believe, but so true that we made it,  thanks to all of you who supported our very unofficial fundraising…

Building upon a Train Ism

Today I was eager to try out a train game idea that a few of us brainstormed for Little Star during the New Frontiers training course. The idea was to introduce a train game and have dolls get on and off the train at various stations, and have the dolls model waving Hello and Goodbye….

Game: Hide and Tweeze

Gameifying a typical tweezing activity into a rip roaring find the hidden objects game! Great way to expand interactive attention span