• Learning at Home
    Autism,  Kiddo,  Preschooler,  School

    Learning At Home

    It’s been about two months since things came to a grinding halt. We initially thought it was going to be two weeks longer than the planned March Break. But, in some ways for the best, we’ve been trying to learn from home. Kiddo has been doing well. She misses the heck out of interacting with her classmates. We’ve been lucky that we have an excellent special education team in her class, and all of us love them.  They’ve kept in touch and have been providing materials to work with her on. One thing I’ve noticed is she loves the Cbeebies Numberblocks and Alphablocks. She’s actually made huge strides in counting…

  • Home School chalk board with A B C on it
    Kiddo,  Preschooler,  School

    Schooling from Home

    With the COVID-19 pandemic all the schools are closed in our province for the next two weeks minimum. So, we’re trying to work on home schooling the Little Miss. We’re doing our part in social distancing and washing our hands/sanitizing. But being on the spectrum presents some challenges that we are trying to meet head on. One is a consistent schedule. Where everyone is working from home it’s easy to slip into the habit of just doing things whenever, where ever. So we’re working on the visual schedule. Little Miss’ father is the hardest one to get and keep on a schedule, as he has issues with telling the passage…

  • The Four-nado
    Kiddo,  Preschooler

    The Four-nado

    This week, the little miss turns four. Reflecting on the last four years and how much things have changed is a bittersweet exercise. She’s definitely a four-nado. From day one she’s been a child that goes against all odds. I call her my impossible girl because there has been so much that has happened that she shouldn’t have been with us (also because she does share a birthday with an important event in Doctor Who history and one of the companions). This year, we saw her start school and get her autism spectrum diagnosis. She travelled to visit her grandparents and enjoyed a summer with them. She is flourishing. She…

  • Autism Awareness Acceptance
    Autism,  Kiddo,  Preschooler

    Adventures in Autism

    I’ve been putting this entry off for a while, because I’ve needed time to digest, to sit and actually feel the emotions that come with this. The little miss has been diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum. I know I shouldn’t be surprised, because there is a large genetic component and as her father is on the spectrum (Aspergers), as well as other family members. But it did surprise me. I’m not going to lie. It surprised me for the fact that, as one of her speech-language therapists put it, there is no hard fast line that divides ADHD and ASD from each other. They are a Venn diagram.…

  • two young children splashing, swimming, happy in a pool
    Kiddo,  Preschooler,  Seasonal,  Toddler

    Swimming-ly Summer

    Its finally summer again. While I’m not a huge fan of the hot weather, I enjoy watching the little miss get out in her pool and go “swimming”. Right now that’s something that I enjoy. I can even get my feet in the pool and splash a bit with her. I didn’t learn to swim until I was almost 7. I had been in swimming lessons off and on before then, but I learned to swim in a family friend’s backyard pool. It happened almost as a fluke. So watching her go “swimming” and learning the basics that I always felt overwhelmed in a class setting to learn makes my…