Autism, changing the way we look at the world

Product reviews for parents with special needs children. Life with a child who has Asperger Syndrome.

Monday, August 07, 2006

The first day of Kindergarten

WE GOT THRU TODAY IN ONE PIECE!!! Today was Cameron's first day of school and if I were to be completely honest he did far better than I did. He said it was great and he made 2 new friends. Kids are far more resilient than we are. I know that there will be bad days but with 20 children in his class, I thought this would be a disaster. I was soooo wrong. He really is amazing. I know that I shouldn't shove the diet down your throat but try it. Look how far my Cameron has come. Special diets for Special Kids...see previous posts. Today was a beautiful day. (OK just for the record after I dropped him off at school I cried my eyes out)

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Cameron is starting Kindergarten

Every part of my being is scared out of my wits. Cameron has come so far and starts main stream Kindergarten next Monday. Will he be able to find his way from the bus? Will he be overwhelmed that there are 20 children instead of 6 like his special ed class? Will he regress? He is so strong and far stronger than his mother in this matter. I know that I should be proud that he is starting Kindergarten, I'm trying to be. His teacher seems very nice and is young and energetic (which is a plus), I know he will still get separate time for the therapy that he needs, but every part of me wants to keep him home and keep him safe. I'm afraid he will get lost in the mainstream "I have no time for children who aren't damn near brilliant" world that we live in. It's so hard to let go, but I know that I have to. When we had his IEP meeting at the end of last year, we decided to wait until October to make a decision over weither or not Kindergarten was working out for him. I guess time will tell and I will let you know.

Monday, July 31, 2006

Cameron's not the only one with imaginary friends

Hi Cameron's Mom!

I'm just responding about your post earlier this month about imaginary
friends ;O)

My Kyle just turned 6, and was diagnosed with Asperger's about 2 months
ago. He has had imaginary friends as long as he's been able to really
talk about them. We moved about 2 years ago - prior to that he had: Big
Blue Dinosaur Friend, and "my little animal friends". There was another
but I can't seem to remember him at the moment. They all moved with us,
but only Big Blue Dinosaur is still around. He often runs behind the car
to keep up, and sleeps outside the house because he's too big. Though I
should say 'slept'. About 2 weeks ago Ky announced that Big Blue
Dinosaur friend has gone away to live somewhere else. That he talked
with BBD about it and they are both happy with this arrangement, though
BBD may come back to visit. I found this interesting, and I'm not quiet
sure what it means yet.

My 'little' guy, Ryan, also has a friend - Big Bitey Dinosaur... though
I really think it's because Kyle had one. Ry is 4.5 and when Ky's friend
left, we haven't heard about Big Bitey Dinosaur.

- Jen

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Autism 101

I had to take a look at this myself before sharing it with you but it is very comprehensive and written by an impressive list. I don't take everything in books very seriously because I feel every child is different...but I would say check this out. The Official Autism 101 Manual

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Saturday, July 22, 2006

Cameron's sleep over

We had a sleep over last night Cameron, Kyle and Tres. Cameron never ceases to amaze me. Ever since we changed his diet, he comes further and further. Our 6 year old neighbor spent the night with us and Cameron handled it beautifully. I often try to keep him from situations that might stress him out or are completely out of his routine, this was way out. He handled it well and they are all playing as I write this to you. I often wonder why we underestimate our children, there are days that I wonder if I am the one with Asperger Syndrome and Cameron is just fine. I'm not saying that I'm going to try to take him to Disney World yet, but taking chances and seeing what he can handle and what he can't is often more stressful for me than him.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

I really did want my son to learn speak right?

I was so desperate 2 years ago for my child to speak, to interact, to do something. Tonight at the dinner table I was torn between being proud...and laughing to hard to discipline him. Cameron has suddenly decided that he hates spaghetti, why? Only he knows, anyway I looked at him and said "how about you eat that", quick as a flash he said "how about you stink". It was such a quick response and his own response, not some predetermined mimiced answer that I was proud. Is that twisted, maybe so, but I couldn't say anything I had to get up from the table and walk away.

Baby Bumblebee DVD's

Today I was watching my son Cameron who has come such a long way in his little life, and remembered the video's that he watched as he was learning to speak. Cameron did not speak until the age of 3 1/2 (thanks to Special Diets for Special Kids, I know I have to get in my weekly plug for the diet somehow). I digress the Baby Bumblebee video's were great for Cameron. They use real world images, sound and music. Cameron watched everyone numerous times. I know what I suggest may not work for every child, but as I keep telling you what do you have to loose?

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Does your autistic child have an imaginary friend?

This is actually a question for my readers and some feed back would be nice. Cameron has 2 imaginary friends, Cody and Leo. These 2 do everything with Cameron, of course when Cameron does something wrong it's always Cody and Leo that made him do it. I would like to know if any of you have a child with imaginary friends, is this unusual for a child with AS? Let me know