Autism Day at the Races | Dover International Speedway #Fedex400

Autism Day at the Races | Dover International Speedway #Fedex400

Autism Day at the Races | Dover International Speedway #Fedex400 - As I mentioned a couple weeks ago, we had the amazing opportunity to travel to Dover International Speedway for the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks. This year our little guy has developed a new obsession with NASCAR. Ever since watching his first race with his Ciocia and Uncle Mike he has been hooked. He has the drivers' names and numbers down pat, along with their top sponsors, and can even tell you who has placed in the past couple of races we have watched. It's Continue reading

Maryland Flag Christmas Tree in honor of Pathfinders for Autism | #christmasinthecommunity

Maryland Flag Christmas Tree in honor of Pathfinders for Autism | #christmasinthecommunity

Maryland Flag Christmas Tree in honor of Pathfinders for Autism #christmasinthecommunity | Our holiday season was extra special this year as we had the opportunity to take part in Christmas Tree Market's Christmas in the Community Campaign. Christmas Tree Market selected thirteen bloggers across the United States to participate in sharing the beauty of the season by giving them the chance to give back to organizations within their communities. We choose an organization very near and dear to our heart - Pathfinders for Autism. Pathfinders Continue reading

Stenciled IKEA Memo Board | Magnetic PECS Schedule – Communication Board

Stenciled IKEA Memo Board | Magnetic PECS Schedule – Communication Board

According to all of our house guests, under the age of ten, CJ's indoor sensory playroom would be voted the coolest room in our home - hands down. Though while it appears to many as little slice of childhood heaven - to us it plays a bigger, more important, role in many areas of development for our little guy. As with many of our other activities, a schedule or communication board is the key to keep our little guy engaged and on track.  I have shared a bit about the PECS communication system CJ uses in the past - like when we made the end Continue reading

Marker Dyed Coffee Filter Wrapped Hurricane Candle Centerpiece – Light it Up Blue ~ Autism Awareness Day

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. My little guy and I took some time these past couple of days to work on a blue project in honor of World Autism Awareness Day - which is today. Our special blue light bulbs, we picked up at the Home Depot, have been lighting the outdoors at night and I thought we should bring some blue indoors too. My little guy loves to color so to get him involved I decided to revisit the coffee filter clover kiddie craft I posted awhile ago. With the assistance of my little helper - a pack of coffee filters and Continue reading

{Just For Parents of Special Need Children}  Free iTunes Apps, Especially for Kids Network, & Financial Planning Tips

{Just For Parents of Special Need Children} Free iTunes Apps, Especially for Kids Network, & Financial Planning Tips

I know there are quite a few readers who are blessed parents of special need children so from time to time I like to share a few resources and tidbits I think are worth passing along. {Source: {the gloaming}} Post Topics: Free iTunes Apps, Especially for Kids Network, & Financial Planning Tips {Source: Apple} My little guy is a huge fan of his iPad and we have seen tremendous strides in the areas of communication, organization, social skills, emotion recognition, and creativity - just to name a few - with the use of various Continue reading

End of Cabinet Communication / Message Board {PECS}

End of Cabinet Communication / Message Board {PECS}

This project has been on my to-do list for quite sometime...and after finally getting around to completing it, I have no idea why I waited so long. It was incredibly easy to do and even though mine was made for a very specific reason, this idea can easily be used for a family communication/message center or even a simple chore chart system for your kiddies. As many of you may already know, my little guy has autism and communication is very challenging for him. He can label several different objects but does not fluently talk and when it comes Continue reading

Our Son is One of The Many faces of Autism

Our Son is One of The Many faces of Autism

If you are like me, I had no idea what autism was until it was being explained to be by the doctor who diagnosed my son exactly one year ago this week.In an effort to bring awareness to this life long disorder, I would like to take this opportunity to share a little of our story. I created this video for National Autism Awareness month last April in our fight to make a difference in the lives of children living with autism including our dear son. We have had a trying year and still have a long road in front of us. CJ is truly an incredible Continue reading