8.15 am THIS WORLD....
Just thought I would jump on the computer and ramble some words together, hopefully for your enjoyment.
Firstly I would like to apologize for the (OFTEN) unedited delivery of my post. I generally punch on the keys so fast and don't re read my crap before I hit send and deliver it out to you with flaws and all (thanks Theo for continuously bringing this to my attention, still love you though).
This morning I woke with the biggest bloody headache... HOLY COW!
Like I have woken up like I was drinking amongst the FOG MACHINE in a club till 2am...... I have been a performer for a long time, the fog machine gets me every time.
I can only THANK the liver detox for this wonderful band of pain I have wrapped around my head! Yesterday I had the energy of a snail and my joints and muscles were so bloody sore.
This must be so good for me!
I plan on doing a detox for 6 weeks total... ARGH! I am sure you will continue to hear about my pain.
I have a lot of American beautiful people that I follow on my Instagram, as Halloween approaches they post heaps of Halloween pictures. It looks like so much fun to be involved in and prepare for every year especially if you have children. HOWEVER... I am a sook when it comes to scary things. I can't watch any scary movies... like ever! That crap burns into my brain. When I was about 9 or 10 my parents were watching Silence of the Lambs, that burnt into my brain!
Like this bloody freak clown craze going on at the moment, purely to terrify people. Those bloody clowns need to be locked UP. If a clown ran at me with a baseball bat or a chainsaw, anything of that nature I would either run away (pooping my pants in the process) or I would full on run at them with my own weapon.... gives me chills.
Its springtime here and the weather the last few days has been horrible. Really windy. I like to take the kids outside every afternoon (generally with water balloons), to help fill their vitamin D tanks, fresh air and exploring. The last few days I haven't been able to do it and as a result James has been seeking inside the house (which drives me batty).
Today is the same yucky weather... blah.
Today James has speech therapy, he hasn't had speech therapy for 2 weeks due to the school holiday break. I really hope that his therapist see's a huge difference in hie speech. I HAVE!
I love his speech therapist though because she doesn't hold onto the positives too much and she holds me accountable for his lack of improved! She knows if I haven't worked with him on words and pronunciation. Lets face it -it is all parents responsibility to do in home therapy because a 30 minute speech therapy appointment is not ultimately going to help if you aren't doing extra stuff at home.
James was classed as non verbal in January of this year when he was diagnosed and probably had like 4 words an a few more sounds, his communication was poor and we had 552 meltdowns a day because he was so frustrated he couldn't communicate. I look at him now just 10 months later and his speech is AMAZING. We have an amazing therapist but in all honesty its the work that Theo and I have put in with him at home that has done this. I read a perfect quote yesterday from Temple Grandin......
You have got to keep autistic children engaged with the world. You cannot let them tune out.
UM how TRUE!!!! I think James is out of the shadows because we don't allow him to go there. He used to be there all the time! I would sit on the couch next to him and cry because he wouldn't respond to me at all, I could wave in front of his face and he wouldn't respond.
That seems so long ago now!!!!! I remember after I had a couple of grieving weeks that I could allow him to stay in the shadows or I could bring him out. The key was to engage him with things he was interested in. Theo and I didn't stop. I would see him slip into his world and I would spring off the couch and play a game, I would dance around the lounge room, play music, whatever it took. Today James is so far ahead of where he was, he still has a way to go and the goals change.
I will leave you with another Temple Grandin quote! If you don't know who she is, YOU SHOULD! She is an American PROFESSOR of animal science who has AUTISM. She is inspirational.
' I had people in my life who didn't give up on me: my mother, my aunt, my science teacher. I had one on one therapy. I had a nanny who spent all day playing turn-taking games with me"