A Letter to Special Needs Parents (Before the Start of the School Year)

Before Tyson entered Kindergarten I had so many worries. I was afraid that he would be lonely and forgotten, that the other kids in his class would make fun of him or at the very least, ignore him. I was afraid that no one would hear his ‘silent voice’ or that he would be tooContinue reading “A Letter to Special Needs Parents (Before the Start of the School Year)”

A Summer of Good-byes

Last week we said farewell to our beloved speech-language pathologist (S-LP). We have had numerous S-LPs over the years as Tyson has been in speech therapy since he has been 18 months old and they have all provided Tyson and me with a valuable skillset. But there was something unique about Tyson’s connection with Ms.Continue reading “A Summer of Good-byes”

Tyson & the ER

When Tyson was very little, while walking up the stairs, he slipped and split open his chin and required stitches. That event, before Tyson turned two, shaped all future visits to the Janeway Children’s Hospital emergency department. In my mind, I can still picture him wrapped in a white sheet from the neck down asContinue reading “Tyson & the ER”

The Nonverbal Part of Autism

In my opinion, one of the most challenging aspects of autism for both the child and the parent is the deficits in communication. These deficits can take many forms and can range from mild to severe. For some individuals, it may mean little to no verbal communication. For others, communication may mostly be in theContinue reading “The Nonverbal Part of Autism”

Spread A Little Kindness

February is the month of love. Stores are filled with red hearts, chocolates, and oversized teddy bears professing their love. There is Valentine’s Day and Pink Shirt Day. Let’s not forget it’s heart month and congenital heart defect awareness week in early February. February = love = ♥️ ♥️ ♥️ So on that theme, atContinue reading “Spread A Little Kindness”

Christmas, the COVID-19 Vaccine & Autism

The week leading up to Christmas Day is my favourite time in the entire year. Yes, it’s hectic with the decorating, shopping, wrapping, and cleaning but the excitement in a house when children are waiting for Santa is magical. We started our Christmas week in a very unusual way this year but it was trulyContinue reading “Christmas, the COVID-19 Vaccine & Autism”

Surviving Christmas (Tips for Autistic Families)

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year! (Can you even read this sentence without singing it?!) Neighbourhoods lit up like the Hallmark movies.  Mailboxes filled with Christmas greetings.  Trees covered in ornaments passed down over the years.  Beautifully decorated homes smelling of Mr. Clean and homemade fruit cake. (Well, maybe I’m pushing on theContinue reading “Surviving Christmas (Tips for Autistic Families)”

He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother

Lincoln loved Tyson from the moment he was born and has always been proud of his big brother role. When you think of brothers, especially like my two boys who are close in age, you probably think of days filled with playing in the dirt, ramping around on the floor, watching movies curled up onContinue reading “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother”

What’s on the Menu?

Chicken nuggets Goldfish (original) McDonald’s fries Chicken nuggets KFC popcorn chicken Mary Brown’s taters Brookside Blueberry and açai dark chocolate Home style restaurant fries (Swiss Chalet, Ziggy’s, Ches’s) Cheesies Ketchup (does ketchup count as a food!?!?) Did I mention chicken nuggets? Jane’s chicken nuggets, to be specific. That’s the list. The complete list of theContinue reading “What’s on the Menu?”

My Love Hate Relationship with Summer

The warmth of the hot sun. The smell of lilac and fresh cut grass. Blue raspberry soft serve. The sound of the ocean and the squeals of children trying to outrun the waves. S’mores on Topsail Beach. Walks after supper. Vacation. What’s not to love about summer? It is the season I hate to love.Continue reading “My Love Hate Relationship with Summer”

From PECS to Proloque2Go and Everything in Between (Part 2)

Before talking about where we are now in terms of communication, I need to take a step back and talk about how we got there. In my last blog, I talked about Tyson using PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) as his primary method for communication as a toddler. In addition, we supplemented his language developmentContinue reading “From PECS to Proloque2Go and Everything in Between (Part 2)”