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On-the-go with ASD


Wordy Wednesday…Schedules on-the-go
We know kiddos with ASD (and often times, their mothers too) do much better when their is a schedule. It helps them know what to expect and it can lower their feelings of anxiety. We are getting ready for a fourth of July road trip, which can always be challenging. It reminded me of a post I did almost a year ago about some tricks to help kiddos with ASD when travelling and even to maintain a schedule during a regular day at home. I thought it was worth sharing again. Hope everyone is having a great day! As always, let me know your thoughts and any tricks-of-the-trade that have worked in your home ūüôā

So, I have been blessed with two little boys, and there are not very many dull moments in our house. ¬†Between our military lifestyle and both our boys being diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), things can get a bit chaotic. ¬†We move and travel quite a bit, and even when we are on the home-front for a while, the days are filled with lots of therapy appointments, playgroups, etc‚ĶAll of that said, we are ‚Äúon-the-go‚ÄĚ constantly. ¬†That can cause anxiety in any kid and for a child with ASD, it can be especially hard. ¬†They can have a hard time understanding the passage of time, and while waiting can be difficult for any child, it can be especially excruciating for them. ¬†We especially had trouble when we were running more than one errand at a time (library, stopping for lunch, picking up prescriptions, etc‚Ķ)

My son’s ABA (Applied Behavior…

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Mommy Moment Monday…Snacks that are pretty (and) nutritious!


I saw this picture of an awesome snack for kids on pinterest and had to share:

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I just thought it was so creative and cute.¬† In my dinosaur-obsessed household it would be a sure hit.¬† What are some of the favorite, pretty, and nutritious snacks in your house?¬† What’s the top request from your kiddos?¬† I’m always looking for ideas to get me through these summer days!¬† Have an awesome week!

 

Tip{py} Tuesday…The movie called “Life”


I came across an awesome facebook post today about how one mother is intentionally limiting her kids’ use of electronics. ¬†She wants them to hone social skills, the art of conversation, and not miss teachable moments because they are too buried in technology to interact with her. ¬†Her post can be found here.¬† A lot of what she said resonated with me. ¬†We try to monitor and limit our kids’ use of technology (i.e., our oldest is able to play angry birds once his homework is done, etc…) but I know it is a crutch I use at times. ¬†Recently we were at a friend’s BBQ and the kids had played outside for the first hour or so we were there. ¬†After eating, I let them go in the house and watch a movie. ¬†She didn’t have children of her own yet, so there wasn’t much for them to play with beyond what we had brought with us. ¬†I think of that type of technology use as “survival,” so to speak. ¬†I definitely don’t want to give the impression that my kids never have screen time, but I like to think that it is a reasonable amount for a 4 and 6 year old.

The other day we were heading home from one of our many appointments (speech and OT) and the kids were upset because they wanted to watch a movie on the DVD player in our van. ¬†“Look out the window,” I told them, “watch the movie called ‘Life’.”

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They didn’t understand what I meant, but they did hush up and we did not watch a movie on the way home. ¬†Instead they chatted, fought over some toys in the backseat, and sang Farmer in the Dell. ¬†And I felt good about that.

Thoughts? ¬†How do you limit ¬†your kids’ use of technology? ¬†Are there certain lengths of time you follow? ¬†Certain games you encourage over others? ¬†Have a great day!

 

 

 

Foodie Friday…Lemonade, the perfect summer drink!


Here is a great recipe for refreshingly yummy lemonade.  Would be perfect for your next BBQ or backyard get-together.  Have an awesome weekend!

From:  www.foodnetwork.com

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Ingredients

4 cups fresh lemon juice

3 cups sugar

1 bag frozen raspberries

Ice cubes, for serving

Directions

Squeeze the lemons and pour the juice into a pitcher. Mix together the sugar with 3 cups water and stir to dissolve to make a syrup. Add the syrup to the lemon juice and top it up with 8 cups water. Taste to make sure it’s sweet enough for you, and then add the raspberries. Mix the lemonade together and let chill in thefridge. (Keep inmind that the raspberries are tart, so be sure to sweetenenough!)

Fill mason jars with ice cubes and top them off with the lemonade.