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April is Almost Over!

Posted: April 23rd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Autism | Tags: Manic Mommy Monday | 4 Comments »

Manic Mommy Monday!

Well, I still have a  week or so, but yeah.  Autism Awareness month flew by.

Last April I tried to write a post every day and although I didn’t make that goal, I had quite a few posts.  This year I feel like I am dropping the ball right and left.

I did have an article published in the newest edition of Multiplicity Magazine (I start on page 70) about the importance of Early Intervention and that was pretty exciting.

But I think this year, Autism is just so much part of our routine, I kind of tend to forget about it unless we have plans to go out beyond our front door.  Because that is when I start to break a sweat and become hyper aware of everything around me and how my kids are acting.   I’m not to the point where I don’t care what people think.

But, that is not what I was planning on talking about!

I was going to talk about how far the boys have come in the past year. (Among other things.)

So, for starters.  Lincoln.  He didn’t talk until December.  And now…well let’s just say the only time he is NOT talking is when he is asleep.  I love it.  He wants your attention all the time.  He will come right up to you and grab your hand and force you to engage him, saying over and over what he wants until you acknowledge him and what he is saying (it’s just so damn typical!).  It is just so amazing I don’t think you can fully wrap your head around it unless you have had a non-verbal kid who does not engage.

Last July I wrote this post and at the time we really thought there might be a chance he would never speak.  Actually, we thought that all the way up until the moment that he did.  And then I thank God that I did not listen to anyone who told me I jut needed to wait it out because holy shit, what has happened in the last year has been amazing and it wasn’t going to happen on it’s own while we sat around and waited.

And then we have Wyatt.  Wyatt is a different animal than Lincoln.  Wyatt has his speech down and he does engage but he has a pretty typical trait of autism that Lincoln does not: he likes to script.  Wyatt will recite episodes of Super Why from beginning to end even though he has not watched TV on a regular basis since our TV was retired to the recycle bin in January.  After the boys teamed up to push it onto the floor.  That was a big crash.

The end of TV in the living room was the best thing we ever could have done.  The engagement of both boys has grown by leaps and bounds.  The other thing that has helped is finally getting our playroom back in order.  Last spring and summer we dealt with a flooded basement every time it rained until new gutters were installed.  It took us almost a year to actually trust that we wouldn’t be pulling back carpet and sucking up water with our carpet cleaner after every downpour to try and make it a usable space again.  But we did it and it’s got a few finishing touches left but I am hoping to have my reveal up next week!  Now that they have a designated place to go, we are there all the time.  Our house is less chaotic and everyone seems  a little happier.  I am loving it!

I’m back into brain dump territory here so I am just going to cut myself off!



 

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4 Comments on “April is Almost Over!”

  1. 1 Lori said at 9:59 pm on April 23rd, 2012:

    Reading about Lincoln brought tears to my eyes. I sometimes forget how strong you are because you don’t ever bitch about your life. If anything, you’re always much more concerned with making sure everyone else is doing okay. You’re such an amazing mama and I’m so glad we connected.
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  2. 2 Sarah Jane said at 6:21 pm on April 24th, 2012:

    Wow! When I read posts like this one, I realize I know almost nothing about Autism. I'm so glad you did not listen to those who said, "Just wait." I'm glad your boys have made huge strides.
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  3. 3 Donna said at 10:28 am on April 25th, 2012:

    You listened to your own mommy instinct… it will never steer you wrong! And I can't believe this month is about over, too. 🙂

  4. 4 Dino said at 6:16 am on June 2nd, 2012:

    It's good that you did not listen to other people and instead did what you had to do! Congratulations
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