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I am a mother of four children, one daughter and three sons. All three sons are on the Autism Spectrum. Dear Hubby was diagnosed shortly after, with Asperger's Syndrome. Now my life made sense. I wasn't going crazy after all! I spend my time coordinating therapies, cleaning up poop, making... Full Bio
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My Personal Hiatus: The 'D' Word by spectrumspectacle Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum      It's been almost a year since my last post.  After looking back and re-reading some earlier journals, I realize part of the reason for my absence. I started slipping in ... Read on »
PAYING IT FORWARD by spectrumspectacle Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum    This Christmas would be very lean this year.  The longer I’m a ... Read on »
GoLytley-What an Oxymoron! by spectrumspectacle Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Now that the boys are older, we have elected to have them "cleaned out" at home instead of at the hospital, where they have experienced the fun of having a nasogastric tube ... Read on »
Autism Asperger's Digest by spectrumspectacle Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum I love Autism Asperger's Digest this month.  There are some great articles on "Raising Multiple Children with ASD's."  I haven't even finished reading them all ... Read on »
IN THE BEGINNING... by spectrumspectacle Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Hunter age 18 months and Sadie age 5  The following is a short essay I was asked to write for a book coming out about disabilities--(more on that lat ... Read on »
ROPE LADDER FAIL by spectrumspectacle Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Above is Big Man Mason-all 190 pounds of him--trying to climb a rope ladder. I always hated those.   Enjoy. :) Read on »
GIRL INTERRUPTED by PDD-NOS by spectrumspectacle Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum School has begun.  Our oldest is a senior and decided to go back to public school after a year of attending an online school last year.  So far, she says she is not ... Read on »
Our Trip to Paradise by spectrumspectacle Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Paradise Lane Our trip to Mulino, Oregon, outside of Portland, was a success.  This was our first attempt to go together as a family on a vacation that wasn ... Read on »
The Last Bedtime Story-a book review for special kids by spectrumspectacle Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum  I wanted to share a really cute book that was written by Carol Gray, called The Last Bedtime Story that we read each night.  This is a great concept for a book!  Ha ... Read on »
THE FINAL COUNTDOWN by spectrumspectacle Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum It is countdown time.  In less than six days our family will be embarking on a never-before-attempted 9 hour road trip. We are traveling to Portland, Oregon to see m ... Read on »
A RARE RYDER SIGHTING, INDEED by spectrumspectacle Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum A ONE in a MILLION picture of Ryder!  Look at that eye contact! It's as rare as a genuine pic of Bigfoot or the Loch Ness.Props go to his DT, Melanie Rede for taking th ... Read on »
SHOULD I FILE A FORMAL COMPLAINT LETTER? by spectrumspectacle Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Homeschooling is wrapping up.  I hope I can breathe then.  We have one child not functioning right now.  It's been very difficult and very sad, but we carry on hoping f ... Read on »
FAMILY INTERRUPTED by spectrumspectacle Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Life keeps moving along.  There have been a lot of changes with us since I actually blogged on a personal note.  If I were to write everything down it would take w ... Read on »
 Giving that special V ... by spectrumspectacle Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum  Giving that special Valentine's gift doesn't always mean a big box of chocolates, expensive jewelery and heart embroidered ties. Perhaps this year, give a gift of lo ... Read on »
THE PEN THIEF by spectrumspectacle Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Never a dull moment!  Here is a picture of Ryder who, not only once- but three times in one day-found pen ink and decided to experiment.  ...Not sure if it helps that da ... Read on »
Teaching Contextual Sensitivity to Children on the Autism Spectrum by spectrumspectacle Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum  Taken from the article “Autism: FromMind Blindness to Context Blindness” ByPeter Vermeulen. Remember the scene in the movie, Rainman,where Raymond is trying to cr ... Read on »
Apps for Ipads, Ipads, Special Needs, and more by spectrumspectacle Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum How crazy is this?  I can't believe how fast time flies.  Several exciting things have happened to us lately.  For one, Ryder was the Idaho recipient of the Ipad 2 presented ... Read on »
Happy Mouths, Happy Meals by spectrumspectacle Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Autism Asperger’s Digest March-April 2011 issueColumn: Sensory Smarts www.autismdigest.com Sensory Problems Usually Are the Problem with Difficult Eaters Dear Sensor ... Read on »
Homework: Teaching Organizational Skills to Individuals with ASD by spectrumspectacle Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum As Appeared in theJuly/August 2007 issue.www.autismdigest.comReprinted with permission of publisher.(Sorry about the format...)By Michelle Garcia Winner, CCC-SLPOur daily li ... Read on »
 The following is a form let ... by spectrumspectacle Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum  The following is a form letter that I tweak at the beginning of every school year to give to our kid's new teachers.  This one is Hunter's.  It may help anyone who is loo ... Read on »