*long post* I’m (me mom) so excited to find this. Not sure if you all can read this but I found this on two things that causes me stress and serious anxiety about and I see that the state of California has been working on. I’m going to jump deep into these now, glad I have a place to start. They are about 1) Help for people with disabilities who go missing. This is my constant worry for Charles because of his issues, especially being non-verbal. I have anxiety anytime he’s away from me, even at school which I know is a “safe place”. I’ve been trying to think of appropriate and practical ID’s or a system... 2) Safe interaction between people with disabilities and first responders. Too many incidents and horror stories when it comes to police not identifying them correctly. I heard a horror story from a life skills teacher who had to go to the jail last week to get someone who is autistic, with other disabilities released. They had run out of their house, went into a meltdown, cops say it as resisting... etc and arrested the person. Another person they had gotten out before was non-verbal, plus had bitten most of their tongue off previously so couldn’t speak if they wanted to... sitting in court rocking, everyone, even judge thinking they are just refusing to cooperate. These stories and thoughts keep me concerned 😞. I am going to become very proactive in these two causes. #firstresponders#CaliforniaSilverAlert#AtRiskPersons#LookAtCharles#Autism#AutismAwareness#AutismLife#AutismFamily#CerebralPalsy#CerebralPalsyAwareness#DevelopmentalDisabilities#RetinopathyOfPrematurity#Blindness#nonVerbal#SpecialNeeds#SpecialNeedsChild#SpecialNeedsParent#disability#disabilityawareness
Meeting new people can be a bit of an anxious time. As lovely as my boys are, Big Bear is really loud and boisterous, doesn’t always respect personal space and says whatever comes into his head 😳. Little Bear can’t stand being told what to do, falls over a lot and can tantrum at the drop of a hat. They can also be very charming but it’s a lottery.
Nevertheless, it’s been ages since we had a nice family photo so we met the amazingly talented @clarecolemanphotography for a shoot at Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire and kept our fingers crossed.
Clare was unfazed by any of their unusual behaviours, exceptionally patient when Big Bear asked her for the 50th time what she was doing and made the whole thing a relaxed experience (as relaxed as it can be!) Finding a photographer who “gets it” isn’t easy but I would really recommend Clare to other families with additional needs. She loves her job and the kids loved her too. Oh, and did I mention she takes STUNNING photos?
This is one of my favorites from our shoot. Big Bear was tired towards the end of the session so J carried him back to the car, stopping on the way to look at the Christmas lights and baubles in the trees 😍.
So this happened today....
Harrison had his orientation day for 4 year old Mainstream Kinder. He was a little overwhelmed by the whole experience but time will tell with how he will handle it next year. Crossing fingers his application for his teachers aide is approved 🤞🏻
Thank you for your support!! We made it to 1,000 just in time for the new year 🎉
For those who don't know my story, I am a fellow Autism mom, Speech Pathologist, Educational Consultant, blogger, and speaker. My passion is advocating alongside special moms as we fight for what's best for their children at school. I also really enjoy planting succulents and making smoothies 💙
Thanks so much for joining me along this journey!!