Therapy Thursday: Making Your Own Therapy Time


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If you didn’t know, we are in the middle of a pcs (military acronym for moving to a new duty station). Due to the fact we have moved away from our last duty station and therapists and haven’t yet reached our final destination- we have had no therapy of any kind since the start of May. The lack of therapy is starting to show on our kids. The lack of routine and assistance has become an issue. A issue we can not fix until we reach our new duty station. However, no one likes to see their children regress and suffer. To help aid them we have started trying to incorporate their past therapy techniques as we can.

One tip of being on the move with your littles that are missing out on therapy is to talk with your child’s therapist before you move for helpful advice and things you can do on your own to help maintain the levels they have reached.

For example: We talked with Sb’s PT before we moved to see what fun things we can do on the move to help her progression with her coordination. She told us to go to the park and walk her up and down the stairs. She gave us further information on what exactly what to do. But the mere fact we can easily go to a park to do therapy while on vacation or during a move is awesome and more importantly; doable.

Not all therapy is so easily achieved. We don’t stress about what we can’t do and we make sure we do plenty of what we can. In the end everyone is happy. SB and the other spawn get to play and mommy and daddy feel like real parents (Compared to those alien ones that spike horns and carry a sickle when their children misbehave).

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Therapy Thursday: Tricare Changes to Renewing Therapy Services


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Between three children, there are 7 therapists. So there is never a shortage of company at my house. They no longer use the front door and don’t even knock when they walk in through the garage. I like it that way. If they are going to spend more time in my house than my husband, I want them to feel like family. So it was no surprise to me when I received a call after hours from a frantic therapist.

She was bewildered and confused. She explained that Bugs renewal of his referral was denied. Strange due to the fact he has had these services for the last four years and his prescribing doctor had just told us we needed to keep up with Bugs therapy services at our appointment only a week before. I told he therapist I would call our insurance first thing in the morning to figure out what is going on.

I did just that. Insurance explained to me that Tricare now has a new policy in effect for renewing or obtaining services. Before, a therapist would simply do an observation of the patient and send it into the insurance as proof they still needed services. Based solely on the therapists recommendations, Tricare would approve the renewal. However, due to abuse of that policy, Tricare now requires the doctor AND the therapists to both submit reports. This new policy that was not explained to us resulted in two weeks of missed services and numerous phone calls between the doctor, therapist and insurance to make sure everything was done properly.

Tricare/Therapy Thursdays: My Child is Diagnosed with ASD. Now What?


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When Bug got diagnosed with PDD-NOS I was completely ignorant to the types of therapy that might help him. I of course had heard of ASD and all its components, but I really didn’t know what there was in types of assistance to help them. My misinformation and misunderstanding was there were none.

I pictured a family with an ASD child like this:

Screaming child…everywhere. Screaming in the house, at the park, in every public location he went to. All his screaming was unintelligible (no, I did not think they were all stupid) because I thought not many of they could actually talk. I thought they went through life in a normal school environment just with the understanding that the child has ASD and there is nothing you can do for them; because there is no cure right? Then I pictured the parents and them crying every night after the child goes to bed because they are beyond tired, worried and stress. They are smelly (the parents not the kids) because they are so busy giving 24 hour attention to the ASD child, they don’t have time to take a shower. So they also have stock in Old Spice and Dove deodorant and their stock portfolio looks amazing. The parents are also so skinny they look like Ethiopian children because their intake of calories isn’t enough compared to the use of calories in a day chasing around an ASD child who can’t speak but sure as heck can run. Lastly, are the siblings. They are druggies, or don’t even live at home because they have run away. If they do live at home, they are never given attention and often are at the receiving end of the abuse from the ASD child, who can’t talk, can run and is violent when he can’t express what he needs; which is all.the.time.

After we got home from the doctors I looked at us and our home. No telling when Bug actually got ASD, but we looked average. I was over-weight, personally well taken care of. Our daughter was happy and healthy as well. Bug could tell us what he needed to a point and our bank account did not reflect income from stocks, since we didn’t even have a portfolio. So I waited. I waited for that shoe to drop. I waited for him to stop talking, for him to start running and for us to wither away to nothingness. But we never did.

Instead, Bug was given an IEP and started at a special education preschool. He thrived. He was the only verbal child in his class and because of that he was a amazing model for his peers. The doctors soon wrote prescriptions for therapy and the influx of therapists started entering our homes and our daily lives. I quickly learned what they all did in terms of helping ASD children. However, it took me some time to get it all down.

When faced with a new diagnosis, it is always overwhelming, even the second time around. With two ASD children, I felt in control and prepared when handed her diagnosis. But I wasn’t. I was less prepared actually. I quickly feel back onto Bug’s therapists for advice and help. And soon I was maneuvering the road down ASD again like a pro. So I thought I’d share some of the foundations of therapy that are often prescribed with a ASD diagnosis. Remember every child is different. I have two ASD children and besides them both receiving ABA, they receive different services.

OT– Occupational Therapists (OT) Autism Speaks describes OT as “brings together cognitive, physical and motor skills. The aim of OT is to enable the individual to gain independence and participate more fully in life”.

PT– Psychical Therapists (PT) “focused on any problems with movement that cause functional limitations,” as stated by Autism Speaks.

Autism Speaks lists speech – encompasses a variety of techniques and addresses a range of challenges for children with autism.

ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis), to me, is the most important type of therapy a child with ASD can receive. Autism Speaks states that “Since the early 1960’s, applied behavior analysis, or ABA, has been used by hundreds of therapists to teach communication, play, social, academic, self-care, work and community living skills, and to reduce problem behaviors in learners with autism.”

All this information and more can be found by visiting Autism Speaks.

Mommy Moment Monday…There’s a trike in my kitchen!?!?!?!?!


So, we are getting ready to move in a few weeks….I’m trying to whittle down my belongings to only the necessary items like every piece of artwork my kids have ever done and my collection of books that I read before I had kids and that I will read again, so help me, so I am not getting rid of them!  (You know, those kind of necessities 🙂 )

So, yesterday brought a lot of time in the garage, while my kids and cat played in the downstairs of our house, sometimes keeping me company amidst all of my chaos in the carport.

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I came in the house for more coffee and a quick break and was having a chat with hubby.  All of the sudden I heard the sound of plastic wheels turning on tile floors.  I turned the corner and realized my youngest had gotten his cozy coupe up over the garage step into the foyer and was proceeding to drive it into the kitchen.  Like it was completely normal!  (My perception of normal is changing daily, by the way)

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I laughed hysterically.  I couldn’t help it.  Maybe it’s the stress of the move, some family stuff that’s going on, the military lifestyle, raising two boys with autism spectrum disorder, you name it.  I could not stop laughing.

Then my older son got into the mix and climbed into the driver’s seat, while my younger pushed him.  Again, like it’s normal.  Like we always play with cozy coupes (clearly an outside toy, am I right?) in our kitchen.

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Through my laughter, I asked, “What are you guys doing?”

Then, like it was the most natural thing in the world, my oldest replied, “I am driving in the  car!”

Not a big deal for a five year old, you might think.  But an amazing thing for ours.   From single word utterances, to two-word phrases, to repeating back word for word any question that is asked, to answering a question accurately, relevantly, while laughing and interacting with his brother!   I had already been crying with laughter and this brought fresh tears to my eyes.

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Then, I turned around and saw the trike sitting in front of the open refrigerator.

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What the ?!?!?!  Who cares…  That’s normal, right?

Have a great week!

We Hit a Growth Spurt!


If this is your first time finding us welcome! You can learn more about us and who we are under “Crazed Authors”. If this isn’t your first time here you may notice a few changes, in particular, our categories and blog mission.

We changed our focus {mission}. We started this blog with a few ideas and just wanted to see how far those ideas could take us. It took us far! Farther than we expected. However, after a few months I realized I hadn’t really hit the head on the nail. In other words; I didn’t accomplish what I had intended to do. So this past weekend I went back to the drawing board and with the help of the amazing Mrsmissioncontrol; did a little fine tuning.

{Mission}
We’ve noticed a shortage on blogs about military families who deal with the day-to-day of having kids with special needs, and autism in particular. We want to try to fill that space and maybe offer hope, share our lives, and encourage some other families out there.

Additionally, we decided to go to a “theme day” format. Why? It will help us focus more on the topics we intended to write in relationship to our blogs purpose. I restructured the categories to help include all the facets of life we deal with as military families and families of special needs kids (focusing mainly on Autism); from explaining military terms, insurance lingo, new Tricare updates and more.

New categories –
Mommy Moment Mondays: Monday mornings can be rough for everyone, including us. We will try to help you ease into the week, share our new fave finds, and discuss some of the crazy trials and tribulations of parenthood. If nothing else, maybe you can get a laugh as we share an embarrassing story or two. Or twelve.

Tip{py} Tuesday: Tuesdays will bring useful tips in the world of cleaning, parenting, and basically running the world. This is also where we will share any cool DIY projects we have done or hope to do.

Wordy Wednesdays: Alphabet soup anyone? ABA, DONSA, EFMP, ASD, PDD-NOS, IEP…WHEW! Between special education and military life, all those acronyms can be confusing!!! We will run the maze with you as we try to decipher this whole new language.

Tricare and Therapy Thursdays: Insurance and therapy are two very important things for special needs families. Thursdays are when we will cover important Tricare information and news, as well as information we have come across regarding the numerous therapies (namely occupational, speech, and ABA) for kiddos with autism and PDD-NOS.

Foodie Friday: We’ll head into the weekend with great recipes, especially those for those on a gluten free (GF) or gluten free casein free (GFCF diet). We don’t post recipes unless we’ve made them, so rest assured they are mom, kid, and family-tested and approved.

Whatever Weekends: We are tired too, so no promises for specific topics here. We’ll share when there is something worth sharing and take a break when there isn’t.

I am sure this won’t be the last growth spurt we have. So please be patient with us as we learn and grow. It is like when your kids finally learn to button their shirt…the day they grow out of it.