Spectrum Warriors: Life Through The Autism Spectrum

Category Archives: Sensory

Pop Bottle Turtles

In a previous post – Using Obsessions to Your Advantage, I talked about MJ’s animal obsession – especially turtles. Knowing how much MJ loves turtles, a friend sent me a link to an awesome craft idea – plastic pop bottle turtles. I knew I had to try it as soon as I saw it, but …

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Why Mainstream Schooling Terrifies Me

The Monkey is turning 6 years old in less then a month. It’s a little scary to watch my baby grow into a little man right before my eyes. This Mother’s Day I reflected on how blessed we have been through this journey. His speech is developing before our eyes and although he is not where …

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Experience Sensory Overload First Hand

Do you ever wonder what exactly our kids see, feel, hear or experience when they go into sensory overload? There is lots of written information that describe symptoms of sensory overload, and even some TEDX talks (Wendy Lampen comes to mind), but very few actual ways for us to truly experience in real-time what our …

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Let’s Go To The Movies!

One of the things that Gary and I loved to do as a couple before the Monkey came along was going to the movies. There is just something so nostalgic about the entire experience, we both knew we would want to share that with our children when they came along. Then we had the Monkey and along …

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Facing My Own Autism Traits – Do parents have autism traits which are milder then their children?

One of the things that an autism parent learns a lot about are the symptoms of autism. In the beginning some of us may even become obsessive. Observing our children’s every move. Constantly asking ourselves is that autism or is that typical developmental behaviour? Eventually as we all come to terms with the diagnosis and …

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Recognizing Anxiety

As I have mentioned on numerous posts the Monkey has extreme anxiety. He needs to know everything that is happening at every second of the day to allow him to function. To do this we used visual strips and schedules for literally every little thing you can think of but this worked really well. It …

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