The Top Reasons for ABA

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a great tool for autistic kids. It really helps them get the help that they need in order to be successful and learn properly. It covers so many topics, ideas, and curriculum. At first, I was scared of this program because I was still in denial about my child being autistic. I am not certified in any of this, this is all my opinion from a parent standpoint. 

This program takes some time before you see results. Nothing will happen overnight and for the longest time I had to keep telling myself that. Here are the top 4 reasons why I would recommend ABA for anyone who is autistic:

  1. They still get social interaction: There are other kids in the program and they do circle time in addition to fun activities. Most of the time people claim the children don’t get the interaction they need, but that couldn’t be further from the truth!
  2. Non-verbal communication: Before we started ABA, communicating was a complete mess. We tried sign language. We tried a lot of things. Now, we are able to actually communicate either with pictures or sign language. Obviously, our end goal is verbal communication but we were able to really gain a lot from this and not be as frustrated!
  3. Celebrate small victories: You can see the progress that your child makes. The program keeps you updated and lets you know what they are working on. This way, when your kid does it at home you can celebrate and keep track of each accomplishment!
  4. Get a break: This might sound kind of rude, but parents need breaks. Especially when you have a special needs child. When I send my kid to ABA, I know he is in excellent care and is receiving the 1 on 1 he needs that sometimes I am not able to provide.

I am not an expert when it comes to ABA, I am just a parent who has her own personal thoughts and feelings. I’d love to hear how you feel about ABA and what has worked for you!

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The Constant Battle of Being a Mother

You can’t have it all. I hear people say their baby hasn’t slept in years! I hear others say they have chronic ear problems. I hear people say their kid is behind. There are so many moms who are worried and down when it comes to this. 

I often find myself comparing and getting upset. Most of you know my son is incredibly behind. He was sick for a good 6-9 months, we found out he had asthma! Then found out he had mono and then he had chronic ear infections! We had to do several ear tube surgeries. My kid is so behind because of his hearing and I constantly worried and put the blame on myself.

Now we are questioning if he is autistic and we are getting him tested. I haven’t given this much thought because honestly he is who he is and I’m going to love him no matter what.

I see kids his age who run, climb jump skip and have full sentences we aren’t even close to that. But then I hear that those kids don’t sleep through the night and mine does. So you have to give and take on times like this because you can’t have it all.

I can’t compare my kid to anyone else because he has been through a lot. Everyone goes through obstacles or problems its only natural. Some kids have been through a lot and others have been sick once in their life. I am okay with all of it because it made me stronger and love my kid much more.

I don’t want moms to compare or say “I could never do that” or feel bad for me because at the end of the day… I get all the hugs kisses and laughs I need to know that my son is perfect the way he is. We, as mothers, are all in this together. We need to help each other out more and stop comparing.

Maybe he will catch up someday maybe he will catch a ball and talk in sentences right now I am happy of how far we have come and how we have went through an extremely hard time where I constantly worried about my baby boy.

So the moral of the story is we can’t compare and feel bad for one another. It will drive you nuts. Every kid is unique. Every kid develops different and has their own personality. We can’t force kids to be someone they aren’t let’s let them play outside in mud and be kids and stop worrying (easier said than it is) but truly!

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Nervous, worry, anxiety mama. 

This blog post is going to take a lot of me to write.. Recently I have been feeling WAY down and have panic attack after attack. I always had an upset stomach and just wasn’t myself. I worried about dying, about my son, about everything. I worried about how I was managing work and family, etc. It all came tumbling down to the point that I wouldn’t eat and when I did eat I would get sick from it somehow. I literally had to force myself to eat.

I think as parents we all go through this stage at one time or another. I know that we are healthy, lucky, blessed, etc but I just felt like I should be a better wife and mom. I felt like laundry piled up FOREVER. I felt like my son was incredibly behind because of his ear infections and tubes. I felt like it was MY FAULT. I felt like I needed to push him to be something more – like the kid next to him.

I felt like I needed to be a better wife.. I mean let’s face it my husband and I haven’t spent time together in likeeee months. I felt like I was getting older and losing control of my life. I felt like I missed when Antonio was a little baby and replied on versus now when he is SO independent. I felt like work wasnt cut out to be what it was and I needed a change. All these things went through my head constantly.

I felt like I needed to slow life down but lost control of it. I am crying as I sit here and write this because I am INCREDIBLY strong.  I mean after all we have gone through three deployments and I was queen B! I was the strongest person ever during that time. I knew my husband was getting sick of hearing me complain (I was too). I was just So worried about Antonio and life that I didn’t know what to do. He told me to fill my head with positive things, but like…. HOW!?

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I would hear about someone dying and lose it… I realized that we all have to die sometime and then there went any positive thoughts. Whenever I heard someone was sick I would lose it. I was having a hard time, adulating is the hardest thing you will EVER go through. And new flash it doesn’t get better, you just learn to adjust. I didn’t know how to mange my time anymore and how to meal prep or take care of the THREE of us. Don’t get me wrong.. my husband is AMAZING and helps out… Lucky for me he doesn’t care if we have pizza and the laundry isn’t done because we get each other.

Finally, I admitted all my thoughts and feelings to those around me… Including my doctor. It was the hardest thing ever! I was laughing and smiling the whole time at the doctors office because I knew I was strong and nothing was wrong with me. She knew it too! She told me to take a break, think positive, keep a journal, eat better, exercise, you know all the good things.. AND she told me that I needed time to myself everyday + with my husband. I had to eliminate things where stress was involved and I also had to focus on Antonio more. He is only young once. At the end of the day, guys… We aren’t competing we are just trying to make sense of this all. WE are no better than the person next to us. WE are one in this together. Be kind to one another, I promise it will go a long way.. You never know what someone is going through! You are NOT alone!!! 

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