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Most parents when their kid goes to bed at 9:30: "I thought they'd never go to sleep" Me: "well tonight's gonna be a long night when she wakes up at 1" *considers making coffee* . Here we are at 1 watching @bbcearth Shark on Netflix trying to get my child to calm down so she can go back to sleep. To be honest this isn't even a late night for me yet. I seriously don't know what we're going to do if they ever take this off of @netflix Its helped so many times with winding down for sleep and for helping calm down after meltdowns. . Btw, this is a tasslled wobbegong, it hides then sucks fish into its stomach where they dissolve...one of my favorites in this episode is the epaulette shark though. . #shark #specialneedsparenting #christmaslights #tiredasamother #sendsleepyvibes #motherhoodunfiltered #wobbegong #documentaryparty #1am
This.is.me. Every single night. And every single morning I’m like no more. But right now… no one needs anything from me. No one needs to me to be anything for them. I can just be still. #specialneedsmom #singlemomskickass #ivegotyou #singlemom #autismandcoffee
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Late night food runs with the niece are the best. Thanks @hanngelina for being co-pilot tonight. 🤤🤤 and thanks King Taco for fulling the welcome home food tour!
Today we met with my mom in Columbus to get lunch and do some shopping. It's been a particularly tough few weeks for Nora between being sick and missing school and speech, so she hasn't been speaking hardly at all (this happens from time to time). Whenever we are out, I'm always anticipating Nora's reactions. If you're an ASD or SPD parent, you know exactly what I'm talking about. For example, sometimes when Nora gets excited, the emotion is hard for her to process, so she gets overwhelmed and ends up having a meltdown even though the emotion actually started as happiness. This happened today when she saw two mounted officers at Easton. I had to cradle her like a baby and walk in the opposite direction in order for her to decompress. I ended up having to stop and sit her down on the ground because she was flailing, and the officers spotted us across the street and asked if it was okay to come over. They rode their horses over and Nora finally said "It's a horsey!" which is the most she's said in literally days. She got to pet the horses and one licked her hand which she loved. I don't know if the officers knew what was going on with her or not but I hope they know it meant a lot to us to take that moment out of their day for my girl. Those small moments keep us going.
Swim time. 💦 🌪
Dedicating my post today to this little lady. She is one amazing little girl, but she is also the bestest big sister to Theo. She “gets it”, no questions asked; she embraces Theo’s autism and shouts about it from the rooftops. I hope some day, more people will be like you Talia Rose ❤️💗❤️
Maybe a little pity 😅 Today I rearranged G's room...just the tiniest bit. And tonight while going to sleep she lost it. Mini meltdown about how the room looks different. So we changed it back so that sleep is an option tonight for all of us😂😭 Whew....i need a drink #changeisbad #specialneedsmom #fixedit #autism #autismlife #autismmom #autismawareness #autismacceptance #autismspectrumdisorder #autismgirls #autismfamily #autismmom #autismquotes #autismworld #sensory #sensoryplay #sensorystimulation #sensoryprocessingdisorder #specialneedsparenting #life
This right here! This has been our life the last two months since Lion started on medicine. This is a whole new side of his autism. #Repost @autismparentingmagazine (@get_repost ) ・・・ "You might be an Autism Parent if..." Double tap if you liked this post Get a FREE issue of Autism Parenting Magazine Just follow us on Instagram: @AutismParentingMagazine Turn on "Post Notifications" so you don't miss out on the contents we're sharing. 👇Link on our profile 😊 #autismawareness #autism #autismo #asd #autismmama #autismparents #autismmom #autismlife #autismfamily #autismstars #specialneedsmom #specialneedschild #specialneedschildren #specialneedssiblings #specialneedsfamilies #specialneedsmoms #specialneedsawareness #specialneedsparent #asperger #aspergers #aspergersyndrome #friends #health #followme #happy #beautiful #specialneedsparenting #specialneedskids
As wonderful and magical as it is, this is such a hard time of year for sensory kids. So much stimulation -- lights, music, extra people, extra activity. So much to deal with mentally -- excitement, anticipation, nervousness, having to wait for things they want. My SPD kids have been bouncing off the walls, their volume has doubled, and they're running around the house like the Tasmanian devil! All of the stimulation -- along with less routine -- really ramps up their anxiety and reduces their ability to self-regulate. How do your sensory kiddos do this time of year? What do you do to help them? #holidayoverload #overstimulated #holidayscanbehard #sensoryprocessingdisorder #sensoryoverload #sensorystimulation #sensoryintegration #sensoryprocessing #Sensory #SPD #sensorycalming #calmingthemind #sensorymom #sensorymama #sensorylife #specialneeds #specialneedsparenting #specialneedsmom #specialneedsawareness #hjavip #KnotSense
2018 Santa visit Lew was beyond excited to visit Santa in his house, Mac and Brecken were willing to come along and share his excitement, but Gracen was, “not going to sit on some random strangers lap!”
If he could talk, I’m certain he would say: “Mom, I know I almost always go to Dad, but tonight, I need YOU. I’m tired. School is exhausting. I just need hugs and love and cuddles. And could you do that thing where you tickle my arms. Oh, and play with my hair - I love that too. Ahhhhhh, I love you.” • Oh, sweet one, I love you too. We are connected at the heart. I hope someday I’ll be able to hear you just say “Mama”. That would be more than enough. But for now, I’ll speak for you. • • • #momlife #my3sons #blessedbeyondmeasure #specialneedsparenting #downsyndrome #autism #love #together #weareallconnected #bettertogether #thebestchallenge #worthit
Busy day. 6 more mugs off to new homes tomorrow. Hurry and get your order in. The 18 is the last day to order. But I’m also running out of mugs and can’t get anymore before the closing date. 😱 hurry while they last!
I saw another mum summarise their child’s medical year. I thought I’d go through my diary and was surprised how much Harrison has fit in this year: Orthotics appointments: 2 Wheelchair trials: 5 Wheelchair repairs: 2 Hydrotherapy sessions: 17 Riding for the Disabled:16 Neurologist: 2 Endocrinologist: 1 Cardiologist: 1 Respiratory Team: 1 GP visits:4 School Stakeholder Meetings: 3 Paediatrician : 2 NDIS pre-planning: 3 X-rays: 3 MRI: 1 Bone Density Scan : 1 Emergency Room visits :3 Fracture : 1 General OT and Physio reviews: 6 New year will bring with it an overhaul of Harrison’s care. I endeavour to manage time better so I’m a less tired and stressed mum and this little family can make more great memories for him.
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Today at the grocery store a man got very angry & confrontational with me, because he was certain I was trying to cut in line in front of him (the truth is that he was trying to stand in 2 lines to see which moved faster 🙄)..... . My heart was racing as he spoke not so kindly in a loud voice to me, and a few people stared with large eyes. . The whole interaction really bothered me, especially since my child was with me. . I got to my car, took a deep breath and said a quick prayer for him, because I realized he is probably hurting pretty badly inside. . This time of year stress runs high in our population & it is important to still see God in everyone....even if we can’t do it in the moment. . Sending love to all beings ✨❤️
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That project is done only to have 5 more waiting for me! But first, I need to hem my son's new Christmas outfit!
A lot of profound moments happened today... . I had my phone in hand and was speaking aloud to Mick, “I just need someone to guide me...tell me what to do...” And I kid you not, in that same moment, my phone dinged with a text message from a friend. She sent a page of a book filled with God’s words of encouragement. Ultimately, God saying, Hi!!! 👋 I’m here. Man God...I love you. . This friend had no idea we were waiting for our practitioner to call so we could discuss our next steps for Eddie...more profound moments during that discussion, too. If I said the conversation felt supernatural... . So anyway, over the course of the last year, I’ve been in a place of rest. We’ve stuck with the gluten and casein free diet and keeping toxins out of our home...baseline, foundational stuff. But as far as specific protocols, Eddie has been doing well enough that we’ve just let ourselves breathe. Moving across the country was a huge adjustment, and let’s be real. Recovery is a marathon, not a sprint...and we had been running for a long, long time. . How far Eddie will go, I don’t know. But I know there is more healing left to do. So the other day, it was time. I followed my momma gut and reached out to a practitioner. Someone I’ve been wanting to speak with for, I’d say, three years. Yes, three years. And today was finally that day. . Long story short, our first step will be working on releasing past trauma. Particularly for Eddie, but for all of us, as well. Eddie endured so much during the first few months of his precious newborn life, due to unexpected medical complications. What led this practitioner to feel trauma needs to be addressed first is when I wrote on the intake form, “nurses attempted to give him an IV so many times in his head that he eventually started crying when he heard them tear open the alcohol swab packets.” . I honestly can’t explain the science behind all of this, but it’s there. It’s fascinating. And I’m so excited to continue to learn more. . So emotional healing is going to be our focus at the moment. When this is cleared, we’ll move onto our next steps.
From a friend 💙 I won't lie, I bought the book to support you more than me thinking I needed it. I was a little prideful that I was beyond what this book would encourage however boy was I wrong. God meets me exactly where I am struggling in your pages! So it's definitely for those in the beginning and those who feel a little more seasoned in the special needs life! 🙌😊🙌 // so sweet to hear! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #specialneedsparenting #autism #downsyndrome #cerebralpalsy #asd #pddnos #spd #biblestudy #parenting #disabilityministry #specialneedsministry #newrelease #bookstagram #amreading #myunexpectedblessings
Moments like this are absolutely glorious!⠀ *⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀ #autismawareness ⠀⠀ #autismspeaks ⠀⠀ #autismmom ⠀⠀ #autismdad ⠀⠀ #autismparent ⠀⠀ #specialneedsparenting ⠀⠀ #bekind ⠀⠀ #autismstrong ⠀⠀ #inspirational ⠀⠀ #autismmemes
Maeve visited me in my dreams last night, for the first time since Murphy was born. In the dream we were all together; Chris holding Murphy and me holding Maeve. It was beautiful and perfect. And then I woke up and cried because it was only a dream. #preciousmaeve #murphymoments
Our children . Are not lost . They do not . Need to be found . It is us . That are lost . Our children . Are not trapped . Locked inside another child . Strangers . Imposters in our homes and lives . It is us . That are strange . Imposters in our lives . For all the days, weeks, months and years . I cried . Spoke in her presence . Of my rejection of her . Of her autism . Pathologised her . In her presence . With experts, professionals, friends and family . She remained consistent . In who she is . Her being . Resilient . Strong . Of all the therapies, diets, books, experts . I sought . To change her . To fix her . To recover her . She remained consistent . Resilient . Strong . Of all the ways . We film, write, broadcast, bring camera crews into our homes, talk, cry, run open commentary . Over our children . Because we are sad . We are lost . We are broken . We are exhausted . We are scared . We are isolated . They remain consistent . Resilient . Strong . What we miss . Is that all of the behaviours . That we want to abolish . Cure . Fix . Change . Are all responses . Derivative . Of their knowing . Their understanding . That they aren’t accepted . Unconditionally . Like their peers . Like other children . Their knowing . Their understanding . That we long . For polished . More socially acceptable . Less challenging . Versions . Of them . There is no question . That we love our children . But it is us . That need recovering . That need educating . That need changing . Fixing . To be cured . From the sickness . Of conformity . From the fear . Of rejection . And the madness . That we don’t even recognise . That the very things . That we fear . That we work to avoid . Are the very things . We do to our children . When they do not fit the mould . Chronic illness . Drove me into a dark, black hole . Grief . Fear . Madness . And I asked myself . “What if everyone was raising a child like mine?” . And I realised . I would feel differently . It was about . A social model . Of conformity . My fear of difference . And I changed . Small steps . I sought help . To begin to heal myself . From the sadness . (Cont in comments)
I really committed to the fort life today. Its a very tidy fort.... just how I like it. Even made the girls vacuum the fort floor before they set up. #clean freak. The girls are going to have a fun day trying to stop Elijah from destroying it 😂 . . #fort #fun #schoolholidays #christmas #specialneedsparenting
She's using half her chopsticks correctly! 🤣 Met papa downtown for lunch this afternoon. Great way to start the weekend. 💜 #happyfriday #friyay #downtowndetroit #midtown #gosythai #happykidshappymama #chopstickskills #specialneedschild #fasd #adoptionrocks #adoptionjourney #specialneedsparenting #greenmittenmama
After (yet another) IEP meeting. This is rapidly turning into a series. #IEP #specialneedsparenting #becauseidontdrink #herewegoagain #wawa
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While Autumn and Dean will be enjoying their Christmas festivities in school for the last time until 2019☃️🎄📚I will be busy trying to enjoy my last moments of peace and quiet💆🏻‍♀️ : Thank you to everyone that responded yesterday! I am so excited to get to working on the Christmas cards with autumn this weekend! Hoping to get them to you before Christmas!🎄♥️☃️ : Happy Holidays everyone! : : : : : : : : : #autismawareness #autismacceptance #christmas #frosty #snowman #winter #december #special_shots #autismblog #autismblogger #parenting #polarexpress #specialneedsparenting #tgif #hmootd #kidsfashion #autumnsroadtodiscovery #quiethandsfamily #autism #ig_shotz #ig_autism #autismfamily #differentnotless #intellectualdisabilities #specialneedsfamily #specialneedssiblings #specialgirl #autismmom #autismdad #peaceandlove
WHEN MADDOX MET SANTA So, it was touch and go for a while... when I arrived to collect Maddox from special preschool one of the staff members greeted me and let me know that Maddox was finding having Santa in the room a little difficult, he was hiding under the tables and nestled himself into his key worker so Santa was well out of view, until it came to presents! First was going to retrieve his little gift which he was so adamant In getting regardless of his fears, he grasped my hand tightly, practically ran over to Santa, snatched it and ran away.. in true Maddox fashion. We then sat down and he began to shake the box “listen mum” he says. He was then offered a chocolate coin or an orange, obviously he grabbed the chocolate coin, ran back over and shouts “MONEY!” No idea where he gets it from honestly 🤷🏼‍♀️😂 . . . . #maddoxandophelia #momblogger #mumblog #mumblogger #motherhoodunplugged #autismparents #autismawareness #senchildren #parenthood #makingmemories #santa #christmas #christmas2018 #fatherchristmas #meetingsanta #motherandson #specialneeds #specialneedsparenting #learning #learningtogether #onestepatatime #autismblogger #instablog #instakids
Special Education Wine & Wisdom... you pop open your computer, pour your wine, put on your pjs, grab your notebook and I’ll teach you how to build an awesome IEP for your child. ... Stop losing sleep over reading, math and science goals and start to love watching your child learn! ... Send me a message and I’ll send you the link! ... #downsyndrome #specialneedssiblings #specialneedsmom #autismmom #inclusion #specialneedsparent #specialneedskids #specialneedsparenting #specialeducation #specialed #extraordinary #occupationaltherapy #speechtherapy #physicaltherapy #teacherspayteachers #specialedteacher #downsyndromelove #downsyndromeawarness #downsyndromecutie
I am CONVINCED @allysonstough has placed some kind of magical voodoo over these cards 🙈🤣😘 ... EVERY.SINGLE.MORNING. they take my breath away. . . #iam #iamfree #poia #powerofiamfamily #protecttheroot
Sometimes you just need a little mascara and some Christmas to pull yourself together. I am refusing to let this day run me. Today I choose to live. . . #pickuplines #pickyourselfupoffthefloor #icandoallthings #timetofly
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