Six Year Old Christmas List

Six Year Old Christmas List

I know it is super EARLY to think about Christmas, but I like to get started on my shopping and so many others in my family. I usually put together a list for Antonio. He personally picks them out and lets me know what he wants from Santa.  I thought this was a great list [...]

The Best Sensory and Toys For Autism Kids

The Best Sensory and Toys For Autism Kids

I never heard of the word ‘sensory’ until Antonio was diagnosed with autism. It is hard to define what it really is because it can be different for different people. Sometimes they are over-sensory and sometimes under censored. There are plenty of ways to show off sensory; stimming, chewing on something, fist hitting, head hitting, [...]

How I Got My Nonverbal Son Talking

How I Got My Nonverbal Son Talking

My son is now six years old and is really moving mountains by increasing his speech. He has been nonverbal for most of his life. He still is considered nonverbal just because he can’t form sentences and communicate efficiently. However, he is at the stage in life right now where he is talking and repeating [...]

Happy Sixth Birthday Antonio

Happy Sixth Birthday Antonio

I literally can not believe my son is turning six today. I remember when he was born like it was yesterday.  It seems like time flew by... everyone warned me, it would go by fast. I believed them, but not this fast.  You are no longer my baby… or my baby boy… you’re now my [...]

Questions to ask at IEP meetings

Questions to ask at IEP meetings

As a mother to a special needs son, I know how hard an iep meeting can be. It can be frustrating and stressful day in and day out, year after year.   Here’s some questions to ask each year (or whenever renewal is up for an IEP evaluation).  What are your goals?What is the child’s strengths [...]

How to explain to your friends and family your son is nonverbal

How to explain to your friends and family your son is nonverbal

Whenever I go somewhere new, and they say hi to my son, I have to explain “he is non-verbal.” We will either try to say hi vocally or with his device. He is getting better with words, that is for sure. However, it still can be challenging because after that they might want to have [...]

Autism Struggles From a Mother’s Perspective

Autism Struggles From a Mother’s Perspective

I used to see how people would look at my son and me when we were out and about. There once was a time that I cared what others thought about me.  I still remember when Antonio was young, and I knew he had autism. It was tough to do storytime at libraries; I had [...]

The Progress of a Five Year Autism Boy

The Progress of a Five Year Autism Boy

I always say that I love the age Antonio is at all the time. Truth is every day he changes and I LOVE IT.  I love seeing him grow. Isn’t that what parenting is all about?  I am SO proud of this kid.  Lately, he is SO independent. He literally doesn’t like to ask for [...]

The Best Five-Year-Old Birthday Gifts 

The Best Five-Year-Old Birthday Gifts 

Can we just talk about how my little boy is going to be FIVE!?!! I can not believe that he is going to be five, I mean it flew by. For real. I love being his mom and seeing how he grows every day.  Each year has brought so much joy and fun times. Each [...]