Life With A Side Of Autism

LIFE WITH A SIDE OF AUTISM

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Why Do I Bother?

Every year, the elementary school hosts "Project Mania". It's almost like a junior version of a science fair, except it's not limited to science. The kids can choose any topic, and they're allowed to work alone or in a group. Whatever subject they pick, they need to talk about why it's important to them, what they knew about it before the project, what they learned, and they need to be as creative as possible with their tri-fold cardboard display.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Nevermind, I'll Find A Song Like You

I'm going out on a limb, here, but it needs to be said. So here goes:

Am I the only one who finds Adele's "Someone Like You" more than a little...creepy? And sort of...misguided?

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Once Upon A Time - Season 1, Episode 11 Recap: That Poisoned Fruit Can Really Rot Sometimes



A storm has come to Storybrooke, and it has managed to destroy Henry's secret castle fort. He and Emma are surveying the damage, and he lets Emma know that he never told his Mom about the place, only her. Well, apparently isn't that secret because along comes Regina, to remind Emma that she won't allow her son near any kind of danger - especially from interlopers.

Later that day at Granny's, Sydney approaches Emma in a drunken stupor, vowing revenge on Regina, He tells her that "Storybrooke deserves to know the truth" about Regina and invites Emma to work with him to take the mayor down. Emma tells him to go home and sleep it off.

Which segues nicely to our flashback in the Enchanted Forest, where we see that Sidney is none other than the genie of Agrabah, who has been freed by Snow White's father, King Leopold. His wishes? He wishes the genie free, then he wishes to give his third and final wish to the genie, who remind him that wishes (like any magic) come at a price and swears he will never use it.

Friday, January 27, 2012

The Velvet Elvis

I was face down, and all was quiet, except for the pounding. It was incessant. It was LOUD. It was unbearable. I had to move. Experimentally, I flexed a leg, only to find that the motion made the pounding louder, if that were possible. I focused hard and summoned all the energy I could, and raised my head. Or tried to. My face was stuck. I tried again, and this time, it worked, my face feeling like it was peeling away - taking some skin with it - from wherever it was attached. 

Oh, God.

Monday, January 23, 2012

What Was I Thinking???

Yes, I am the woman who raced out of the house in 30 degree weather in her stocking feet (coatless!) and sprinted down the block to stop her daughter's schoolbus and deliver her forgotten book bag.

Apparently, I am also "SO embarassing, Mom, Oh my GOD."

She may never recover

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Once Upon A Time - Season 1, Episode 10 Recap: It's 7:15, Do You Know Where Your Spare Dwarf Is?



Storm clouds are brewing in Storybrooke, as we begin with our mysterious stranger and his even more mysterious box on his…okay, it's an average motorcycle, but you get my drift.

Henry asks him what he's doing in Storybrooke and what's in the box, and the stranger claims the box has "Something I need to do what I came here for." Oooooh. Obtuse. I like it. Regina spies them talking and goes into full Mama Bear mode.

Meanwhile, back at the apartment, Mary Margaret is rushing off and frothing at the mouth (Ginnifer Goodwin said once in an interview that it's a particular pet peeve of hers when actors fake toothbrushing on screen, so she's frothing and spitting like a pro) because it's nearly 7:15 and she has to get out the door to help at the Science Fair. "We're making volcanoes!" she says, in her best schoolteacher voice.


Friday, January 20, 2012

The Secrets That You Hide

One of the neighbors and I were talking the other day about the secrets we keep from our kids. Sometimes, it's the simple stuff like what they got for Christmas or a birthday, or where we're going for vacation this summer. Sometimes it's a little more complicated, like whether or not we had sex in high school or tried drugs or if we ever had secrets from our parents.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Bad Autism Day

I am wrung out and could really use a drink. A big drink. Special needs parenting is not for the faint of heart, some days. David has been tantruming for hours over the stupidest little things.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Make A Wish

Make a wish, a voice once whispered.

I looked around me at my life and realized how very much I had. My husband, my daughter, and now a son. We'd waited oh-so-long for the two of them to join us, and now being a family was filling my life in a way nothing else ever had.

"I wish I had the power to make time slow down," I said.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Long Range Plans

David to me last night: "Mom, when I get bigger, I will go to college. OK?"

Me: "I think that would be wonderful!"

David: "So when I'm all growed up I will go to college."

Me: "All right. You go to college."

David: (after a long pause) "Mom? Can you drive me?"

Once Upon A Time - Season 1, Episode 9 Recap: Family Always Finds Each Other, And Fills In Necessary Backstory



We open this week's episode in the Storybrooke drugstore where Henry meets Ava and Nicholas, two kids who set him up by stuffing his backpack full of stolen goods. Stan (aka Sneezy) catches Henry and calls his mother to let her know Henry's embarked on a life of crime.

A flashback to the Enchanted Forest shows us clearly that Ava and Nicholas are in fact, Hansel and Gretel, and they're in the woods with Dad. Dad gives them a compass and sends them off to gather kindling, but the compass is no help: their father is gone and they're all alone.

Friday, January 13, 2012

The Benefits Of Speech Therapy

One of the key, critical areas affected by autism is language. Early intervention in this area is just critical. We knew early on that David would be needing speech therapy, and I was all for it, even though I had no idea how much a speech therapist really did!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Rainy Night

We had a really bad wind and rain storm overnight last night - I honestly thought I might have to move to the basement with the kids. Anna and I both woke up from the noise at 4am when I heard David call out. We went into his room and I took a moment to look out the front window to see how bad it was. I was just about to turn around and tell David to come back to bed with me, but his sister was already standing there with her arms around him, rubbing his back and telling him to come sleep with her in Mommy's bed.

I love my daughter. What a wonderful soul.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

But Of Course

Last night Anna called me from her Dad's to say goodnight. I answered the phone and heard: "Hi-I-i Mo-Om it's An-Na."

I said "Why do you sound so weird? Do you have the hiccups or something?"

She replied, "No-Ope. I'm sLi-iDi-Ng dO-wN the sT-aI-rS in fO-oTy pA-jA-mAs."

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Interesting

A newly published study has found that children with autism have a different kind of bacteria in their guts than their non-autistic peers.

This study was done via tissue sample, instead of the previous studies which utilized stool samples. I think this is fascinating - "leaky gut" or an overflow of candida yeast is a common issue in autistic children, and this just reinforces that there's something going on that needs a good strong look.

Every little breakthrough is a step forward, and I'm thrilled. We'll never cure autism, and really, I don't know that my kids needs to be "cured" just for seeing the world differently. What we can do is try to find therapies that will enable people with autism to communicate and function without sensory overload, and that's a very good thing.

Monday, January 9, 2012

This.

"Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don't just give up."

~ Dr. Stephen Hawking, in his 70th birthday speech.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Once Upon A Time - Season 1, Episode 8 Recap: Desperate Souls In Love With Robert Carlyle

R&B

Finally, we get Rumplestiltskin's backstory, and I get to fall in madly in love with all the many faces (and voices!) of the amazing Robert Carlyle.

We start our story in the humble hut of poor, widowed father Rumplestiltskin, the village coward. As Rumple looks on in horror, the army has come to town and is pressing into service any youth aged fourteen or older (male or female, so let's hear it for equality in Fairytale land) to fight in the ogre wars - a certain death sentence. They're able to enact such a horrible thing because they command The Dark One, an evil wizard with the power to Darth-choke pretty much anybody. Rumple's beloved son, Baelfire, turns fourteen in two days, and the Captain, a nasty piece of work by the name of Hodor, swears he'll be back for him.

Rumple is then shown as Mr. Gold in present-day, sitting in his shop, using sheep's lanolin on a restoration job, and encouraging Emma to take over Sheriff's Graham's sadly vacated position. He offers Emma Graham's personal things - apparently Graham rented a room from Gold when he wasn't banging Regina at Granny's. Gold gives Emma Graham's walkie-talkie set to give to Henry, reminding her how precious time is when spent with your children.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Cue The Evil Laugh

So, Anna...you think it's funny to jump out (Screaming!) from the pantry at your mother as she passes by on her way to the bathroom. THE BATHROOM, Anna. Not a good scenario at ALL.

 Well there's a storm coming, Anna.

Oh yes, indeed. Just you wait.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Listen!

CNN has a terrific article about Autism and Communication that you should check out if you suspect your child may be autistic. It has a rundown of some of the more common symptoms, along with a detailed explanation of what they are and how they impact someone on the autism spectrum.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Brand New Me: Day 1

The alarm went off at 5:20AM, and it was time for me to get up, get my fat butt into my too-tight sweatpants that really shouldn't be that damn tight, and get on my Wii board to work out with  my Wii Fit.

I stared at the clock with bleary eyes.

Ugh.