Hey! What’s new?

Wow!  A lot has happened since I last posted on this blog.  One thing is I lost the log in information, but we have also had a lot of changes after moving to Northern Idaho with the biggest one being that Bryan and I have separated, which has resulted in me going back into the […]

Thankful for Joshua’s Progress

Joshua had his annual IEP update back on October 9th and his parent/teacher conference on Tuesday and has already met most of the new goals set out for him at the IEP.  I had such a feeling of gratitude looking around the table at all the people invested in helping Joshua progress in his treatment.  […]

Planning for the future: Life Coaching

I am sorry that I have been spotty with my blog posts the last few months.  We’ve had some family issues we have been working through and one of the changes is next school year, all the kids will all be in school outside of the home.  The girls will go to a local Charter […]

Alternative Therapies Help Kids Recover

I have watched shows on autism where the conventional approaches to treatment are touted due to their scientific proof that they work, which they certainly do tremendous good.  The discussion usually goes along the lines that more energies should be put into those type of therapies (ABA, Speech, Occupational and Physical Therapies).  In fact, in […]

What is Motor Planning?

When Joshua first got diagnosed with autism, so began the long journey of countless Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy appointments, with some Vision Therapy, and Bio-Feedback thrown in there for extra fun.  As typical, the first few appointments involve assessments and when the results are explained to me, I’m introduced to such words […]

“Sad Tooth, Sad Tooth…”

A few months ago, Joshua came up to me and said, “Mom!  Mom!”  and pulled me by the hand to the bathroom mirror in my room so he could show me he had a wiggly tooth.  How exciting!  I was amazed by how he was becoming aware of new things happening to his body.  I […]

Flu and Cold Season Triumph

After the New Year, our household came down with the nasty flu that was going around:  fever, congestion, and chest cough.  It hit everyone and some of us got it harder than others.  Joshua was down for about two days with a fever and then perked back up with the residual cough and congestion. I […]

Joshua’s Improvements and Future Autism Treatment Goals

This Christmas Season has brought with it many things to delight in.  The kids all get excited this time of year, and for the first time, Joshua has expressed verbal interest in preparing for Christmas.  He is talking a lot more spontaneously and it feels like he’s truly making some strides developmentally.   At our parish, […]

A Tragic Relationship With Autism

Honestly, I wasn’t sure how to start this post.  I have had a lot of thoughts these past two weeks, especially after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.  It simply has been heart wrenching for me to even think about the pain these 27 families, have endured with the horrific shooting that […]

The Katie Beckett Waiver and the Idaho Children’s System Redesign

When Bryan got his job in Spokane, we were thrilled to move away from the hustle and bustle of the West side of Washington State.  When my Idaho cousins told me about the Katie Beckett program for disabled kids, where they could now receive Medicaid and additional services, it made us really look at moving […]