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Oct 06 2013

Caleb’s been in school for a few weeks now and everything has been going well. On the ride there he says “school!” repeatedly, and on the way home he says “all done school!” and “home”. He obviously understands what’s going on, and he’s happy to comply. His teacher sent home a social story about school for me to read to him. A…

Sep 29 2013

In this entry, I would like to talk a little bit about what socializing is like for me. For starters, social behavior has never come naturally to me. Other people seem to just absorb social norms, but I have to learn them. I remember a day back in 6th grade when I thought it would be funny to wear an…

Aug 25 2013

Caleb’s teacher came over today to get to know him a bit before school starts. I was impressed, and Caleb absolutely loved her. She’s working on her Master’s degree in assistive technology at the moment, so she has definitely embraced the ipad and all that it can do for children with Autism. She was very interested to see all of…

Aug 20 2013

The following video is very similar to the kind of therapy that Caleb is currently receiving through his home based services. At first, his program was strictly limited to a “floor time” style approach, which is a play therapy model that is entirely child led. If Caleb would hide in the closet and play with shoes in the dark during…

Aug 08 2013

I just came across the most wonderful thing, and I had to share it. There is a man and his son who have recently started shipping toy trains and cars across the country to Autistic children, just to put a smile on their face. Their facebook page is Toys AUcross America, and as far as I know they are accepting…

Aug 06 2013

I’m glad to report that the diagnosis headache is finally over with. Caleb’s pediatrician originally referred him for an evaluation a year ago, at his 12 month visit. Even though we were actively pursuing a diagnosis, it still took an entire year to receive one. I have read that the average time from a parents initial concern to full diagnosis…

Jul 18 2013

I am absolutely thrilled to announce that Caleb got into the Jowonio School!  This is the only special needs school that has a classroom for two year old’s in our area. There were only 5 slots available to children in the early intervention program, and acceptance is based on need. I found this photo of Caleb’s classroom online  When we…

Jul 17 2013

Feeding Caleb would probably be difficult if we didn’t have a good handle on it. Caleb is on a CF diet (casein free) due to a dairy protein intolerance that he’s had since birth. We’re planning to try adding GF (gluten free) sometime in the near future to see if it results in any positive changes in his behavior, but…

Jul 13 2013

Caleb started physical therapy about a month ago based on the recommendation of the developmental evaluation center when he was seen at 19 months. We had to wait for his 6 month IFSP meeting to come around, and then we were put on a waiting list for a PT (physical therapist) for about a month, so it took awhile. His…

Jul 11 2013

  Simply put, the ipad (mini) has been nothing short of a miracle in our lives. Considering Caleb’s age and developmental level, he is truly using it in it’s most basic form and I cannot even begin to fathom what this device is doing in the lives of developmentally disabled individuals who are able to use it on a higher…

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