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Recipe for a Happy Christmas; for everyone?

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Hi there.
By now Saint Nicholas will be putting his feet up having delivered his last parcel somewhere over the pacific.
The little hammies are settled if not asleep in their beds and I have time to reflect and regret how the day went.
After spending 360 days maintaining that we would do Christmasour way, to suit our kids, I went and weakened at the last minute and committed to meeting up with the in-laws on the day.
Not to Christmas dinner of course. We managed to eliminate that nightmare of being stuck behind a table groaning with food and panicking as the little hammies potentially messed with cigarette lighters, full on caffeine soft drinks, caramels and doors left unlocked. Feeling dreadful having to climb over everyone to confiscate caffeine and caramels; but never actually getting the message across that we needed to sit where we could get up from the table easily.
Following the feast there would be a similar conflict as by now someone would have lit the open the open fire meaning o…

Checklist for a worried Parent.

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Whether you are on the road for a diagnosis and services or just wondering whether you should perhaps get a few things checked out, you might find that your “SatNav” does not have the settings to get you where you need to go.
Obviously the advice will need to be updated as legislation and access changes. Much as the directions you get change when the council build a new roundabout or someone plonks a port tunnel over the road you used to go on to get to Clontarf.
The oldies can get you the general drift but it is the most recent travellers who will be able to give you the latest information about the new route.

With Contributions from Olli and Stormcloud.

1. Do out a CV of your child.

In this will be;

PREGNANCY: How was the pregnancy? Were you ever ill, did you have any infections, a high temperature, could you eat normally or were you very sick all the time?

DELIVERY: Was it full term and normal or were there any complications.

FEEDING: Were they a good feeder or poor? Fussy and hard to get …

B is for:

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B is for BITING!
Ouch!
This is a really tough one. It is such an effective way to get someone out of your space, to elicit a reaction, and to get sensory input when you are angry, threatened or excited, that it comes naturally to many children, not just those on the autistic spectrum. And it comes just as naturally for the victim to squawk or scream in an amusing fashion, to pull away and to be wary around the biter. So no wonder they do it again. Hey, I would do it if I thought I could get away with it. Much simpler than writing a letter or making a dozen phone calls to whoever is annoying you. Just go and visit them and crunch! It is actually an acceptable form of fighting in some countries so our kids are just obeying a natural instinct that seems to work. How do we put an end to it? Well the first thing is not to react. Very difficult when your beloved 3 year old has just nipped you on caesarean scar (a convenient height when you are 3) and you are in white hot pain meltdown. But stifle…