Professional Crisis Management Training

Why wasn’t I told about this training 3 years ago!?! Professional Crisis Management is training on how to handle aggressive, self injurious, and/or disruptive children or special needs adults.  Last week I was able to attend the 22 hours class to become trained in PCM.  And all I could think was I REALLY could have used this training years ago when Mr Rockstar was having aggressive melt-downs every day.   Continue reading Professional Crisis Management Training

My Little Therapists

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As we do all this therapy for Mr Rockstar and hours and hours of training, modeling, practicing, parenting, I wonder if any of it is really sinking in?  Change seems so slow.  I think this is a question we all struggle with as parents.  Are my children really hearing the lessons I am trying to teach them?

Big Problem, Little Problem

When Mr Rockstar finally got back into behavioral therapy this summer, his new therapists started working on teaching him the concept of Continue reading My Little Therapists

Normalized

Normalized

In Montessori there is this concept called normalization.  Words that come to mind in describing a child that is normalized are:

  • Calm
  • Focused
  • Intentional
  • Deep concentration for extended periods
  • Purposeful
  • Self- Aware
  • Community
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Miss Princess working on the Geometric Cabinet

This quote from the North American Montessori Teacher’s Association explains normalization this way:

“Dr. Montessori observed that when children are allowed freedom in an environment suited to their needs, they blossom. After a period of intense concentration, and working with materials that fully engage their interest, children appear to be refreshed and contented. Through continued concentrated work of their own choice, children grow in inner discipline and peace. She called this process “normalization” and cited it as “the most important single result of our whole work”.”

Needless to say words like ‘calm”, “focused”, and “self-aware” are not usually used in reference to kids with ADHD, sensory issues, autism, etc.  When Mr Rockstar was attending a Montessori preschool we had many conversations over the years about normalization and whether he was or wasn’t achieving this zen state.  He never seemed to achieve normalization for more than a few days before it would fall apart.  Also, it never seemed to happen at home.  Once I started Montessori Homeschooling I longed for this chimera but it seemed hopelessly unattainable.

Well guess what!!!   Continue reading Normalized

The Day the IPad went on Vacation

Screen Shot 2015-07-14 at 4.01.47 PMSummer vacation, moving, unpacking, settling in, etc have all added up to me letting Mr Rockstar have WAY too much IPad time in the last month or so.  It is just so tempting to let him have it since nothing calms him down like the IPad and it is about the only time I can leave him alone without having to check in on him every 3-5 minutes.  However, it has officially has spiraled out of control.   Continue reading The Day the IPad went on Vacation

When Bad News is Good News

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Mr Rockstar just finished his second week at the Children’s Autism Center (CAC) summer Bridge program.  So far it has been amazing.  There is part of me that always starts to doubt that there is anything “different” about Mr Rockstar.  Maybe it is all in my head.  Most of the people around us don’t seem to notice.  All of my friends tell me he seems perfectly normal.  I start to doubt myself and think maybe he is just a stong-willed kid and I am a failure as a mom.

But the therapists at CAC aren’t questioning his diagnosis.  Actually they have had two pretty severe bouts Continue reading When Bad News is Good News

Sleep and Activity Monitoring a 6 year old

Mr Rockstar insisted his favorite toy be in this photo with his "watch".
Mr Rockstar insisted his favorite toy be in this photo with his “watch”.

For about a year now I have been considering getting a Fitbit.  Not for fitness tracking (being a mother of 3 small children I hardly ever sit down for more than 5 minutes at a time.  Wearing a cheap pedometer for a few days quickly revealed to me it is a rare day that I DON’T walk 10,000 steps.  If there is a day that I miss my goal of 10,000 steps I do a happy dance…while seated.) but I was intrigued by the sleep monitoring and silent smart alarm.  Ever since having kids I get in this vicious sleep cycle of: Continue reading Sleep and Activity Monitoring a 6 year old

Day 30: Books

This is Day 30 in the series: 31 days on Living with ADHD, Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder: What We Have Tried, What Has Worked, What Hasn’t Worked, and Never Giving Up.  Click here to see all the posts in this series.

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Agh!  I wrote this awesome post about what books I love and then the computer ate it before I got the draft saved 🙁

Tomorrow I will redo it.  For now I am going to curl up on this rainy day with my knitting and some tea.

Reading non-fiction is a chore to me but I do it when necessary.  Read any good fiction books lately you can recommend?  What have you been reading lately (both fiction and non-fiction)?

Day 29: Superflex®:A Superhero Social Thinking Curriculum

 

Superflex Social Thinking CurriculumThis is Day 29 in the series: 31 days on Living with ADHD, Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder: What We Have Tried, What Has Worked, What Hasn’t Worked, and Never Giving Up.  Click here to see all the posts in this series.

About the time I started writing this 31 day series on Autism, ADHD, & SPD, a friend from church asked me if I had heard of Superflex.  She said it had really helped her son who has similar issues as Mr Rockstar and is a few years older.  I hadn’t heard of it so she offered to let me borrow the curriculum to look it over.

Shortly after talking with her, our behavioral therapist also asked me it I had ever heard of Superflex.  She had just started using the program with a group of kids and was quite impressed with it.

What is Superflex®?

Superflex® is a Superhero Social Thinking Curriculum to help Continue reading Day 29: Superflex®:A Superhero Social Thinking Curriculum

Day 28: Social Stories

Social Stories

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This is Day 28 in the series: 31 days on Living with ADHD, Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder: What We Have Tried, What Has Worked, What Hasn’t Worked, and Never Giving Up.  Click here to see all the posts in this series.

Have you heard of Social Stories?  I heard about them a few months ago.  I must admit this blog post goes under the category of “Things I Want To Try Soon”.  Social stories have been on the top of my list to try with Mr Rockstar for a long time.  I kept putting off investigating them because they seemed more complicated than it turns out they really are.   Continue reading Day 28: Social Stories