Kicking For Autism

Tweet We’ve been fundraising for 11 months now. We’ve raised $8,578.25 which means we only have $5,421.75 to go! During these last 11 months I’ve been trying to think of ways to show Jeffery’s strength, that even though he has these obstacles, he can do anything he sets his mind to. My first thought was his biggest passion, karate. Jeffery is 10 years old and got his black belt the Friday after he turned 10 this year. He worked for 5 years {Read More}

What You May Not See – Why We’re Looking At Getting A Service Dog

Tweet We’ve been looking into getting Jeffery a service dog. I am about to send in the application and I hadn’t mentioned it publicly until I got the paperwork filled out from his doctor agreeing that he would benefit from having one. Yes, I had mentioned it to select friends who know what I’m dealing with with Jeffery. But those are the people who hear from me or see first hand how Jeffery’s behavior is. Everyone I’ve told privately agrees {Read More}

Jaxon and Karate

Tweet Jaxon has Apraxia. No, he hasn’t been diagnosed with it by a doctor but it’s what all his therapists (current and old) feel and therefore treat him for. Apraxia has been explained to me as an issue between the brain and doing motor functions…most importantly the mouth. I found out since it deals with motor functions that it can affect other motor functions (explains his clumsiness) I mentioned to the therapists about a random thought I had to start {Read More}

Never Giving Up

Tweet It may have taken 5 years, but Jeffery finally has a reasonable diagnosis for what’s going on. I still think there is more going on but am satisfied with what we’ve accomplished thus far. He is ADHD, I disagreed with this at first but now after having multiple professionals agree with it, I agree as well. He also has Sensory Processing Disorder, I’ve agreed with this all along. The newest diagnosis took me for a loop but I agree with it, {Read More}

Distraught

Tweet Since Friday afternoon when I heard the news of the Connecticut shooting, my mind hasn’t been on much anything else. I am having a hard time with day to day activities and honestly can’t comprehend what happened. The thoughts go through my mind “What if it were my kids’ school?” “What if someone does this locally next?” I’m sure a lot of parents are asking the same questions. All the children were 6 and 7 years old…Jaylin is 6 and Jeffery {Read More}

A Month Of Many Firsts

Tweet The past month has been crazy…I’ve been going what seems like nonstop. First I’ll make a list of all the firsts of the last month and then go into more details. We celebrated a year of Justin being with us on October 18th Jeffery had his first championship football game. Jeffery had his first Black Belt Club class after being invited. Jaxon had his first field trip. Jeffery and Jaylin got their first report cards of the year. I {Read More}

I’m a “Soccer” Mom And I Love It

Tweet No, none of my kids actually play soccer but it seems they are doing everything else! Fall means FOOTBALL!!! This is Jeffery’s first year playing football and he’s LOVING IT!!! He’s done t-ball in the past but I never seen a passion like he does for football. Before school started he had practice 3 days a week for 2 hours each, and now that school is in session he has 2 practices (sometimes one or both are scrimmages) each {Read More}

The Tears Are Gone

Tweet Today was day two of no tears in the morning. He is now anxious to go get on the bus and practically runs out the door once he’s dressed and has his backpack on. It only took him a week and even this past week the tears weren’t that bad, it was just whining about not wanting to get dressed and a slight hesitation to get on the bus. Today he broke my heart a little bit, I was {Read More}

First Day of School and Tears

Tweet Yesterday I sent Jaxon off to his first day of Head Start. Yes, he’s only 3, yes he is young, but he has a speech delay and needs a lot of help and Head Start with an IEP is the best thing for him. Jeffery and Jaylin both went through 2 years of Head Start and they did amazing. I don’t remember feeling this much heartache after sending the other two off to school for their first years of {Read More}

There Are Good Days…And Bad.

Tweet I now feel like I’m on a roller coaster and I’m honestly ready to GET OFF OF IT! For the first part of the Summer I couldn’t be happier with Jeffery’s behavior. His medicine was working wonders and we were calling it a miracle…we finally felt like we found something that was working.  The tantrums were almost nonexistent, the back-talking was a LOT less and Jeff was even happy because he wasn’t a “zombie” like he thought he would be after being {Read More}