Bryce

As a mother, I will never give up on my child. As a mother of a child who has autism, I will never give up hope.
I look into his eyes and I see all the potential that he has to offer to this beautiful world and I just know that one day the world can see what I see.

Follow my blog as I share my life with you and my experiences as a person who loves someone with autism.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Faces of Autism

Faces of Autism, created by Autiepoet's Inspirations and Creations

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Colour me

Feel free to click on the graphic below to save or print ‘Autism Awareness Ribbon Colour Page’ for your own use. (gif file)

autism awareness ribbon

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Did You Know?

Did you know?
Autism is a pervasive developmental disorder that affects how a person interacts with their world.

Did you know?
Autism now affects 1 in 110 children and 1 in 70 boys.

Did you know?
More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes & cancer combined.

Did you know?
Leukemia: Affects 1 in 1,200 / Funding: $277 million
Muscular Dystrophy: Affects 1 in 100,000 / Funding: $162 million
Pediatric AIDS: Affects 1 in 300 / Funding: $394 million
Juvenile Diabetes: Affects 1 in 500 / Funding: $156 million
Autism: Affects 1 in 110 / Funding: $79 million

Did you know?
A Harvard study has found that caring for an individual with autism can cost about $3.2 million in their lifetime.

Now you know.

Autism

Information from Facts about Autism and Autism Has High Costs to U.S. Society

Monday, September 27, 2010

INC’d

Today we received our Letters Patent for incorporation under the name BubblesMakeHimSmile.com effective August 25th, 2010. We are finally a registered non-profit organization!

Our next step is to file our request for a charity registration number so we can issue official income tax receipts for donations. It’s one small step towards our long-term goal of providing funding for treatment of children with autism to families who can’t afford it, much like ourselves.

We have big plans for BubblesMakeHimSmile.com, and a lot of hope.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Childhood Chores

Even though Bryce has autism, we don’t allow it to be an excuse for Bryce not taking on some childhood chores.

In life, everything is a learning opportunity. Bryce’s chores are:

1.) Help with the dishes.

Learning opportunities:

  • Verbal & non-verbal instructional and performance & labeling objects (“Put away the forks please”)
  • Learning the ‘W’ words (“Which one is the fork?”, “Where do the forks go?”)
  • Matching & sorting (In Bryce’s words, “not same”, “not same, not same”, “same”)
  • Adjective & adverb & numeric (“Get more dirty dishes from the table”, “3 more then all finished”)
  • Completion & transition (“All done, now play Nintendo”, “All finished, now tickles”)
  • Praise (See our 98 Ways to Say "Very Good" blog)

Now that the dishes are put away and loaded, it’s time to:

2.) Take out the trash!

Learning opportunities:

  • Action words & noun (“Throw in there”, “Open the door”, “Watch for cars”, “Look both ways”)
  • Functional abilities, as our hope Bryce will be self sufficient someday these are activities he must master
  • Recycling, learning the difference between ‘garbage’ and ‘recyclables’, more sorting
  • Politeness & manners (“Thank you for holding the door”, “That was very nice helping Bryce”)
  • Colors & object types (“Plastic goes in black”, “Cardboard/Paper goes in yellow”, “Newspaper goes in blue”)

3) Making his bed & cleaning up his room

Learning opportunities:

  • Opportunity to ask for help (When he can’t get it just right or tuck it in, “Help please”)
  • Communicating & Organization (“Where’s this go?”, “Put this in the closet”)

We don’t allow Bryce to handle the dirty cat liter box for health concerns, but he helps with pouring the new sand, and feeding his cat.

4) Animal Care.

Learning opportunities:

  • Animal empathy and care
  • Learning necessity for food and water (The same sensations he experiences, creates more awareness)
  • Cleaning up after oneself (“Oh no spill, have to cleanup”)
  • Fine motor & gross motor (Pouring", stopping at the right time, checking water temperature)
  • Teamwork (“Bryce hold the dustpan, Daddy will sweep there, then garbage”)

Some other activities that can be helped out with around the house:

  • Carrying groceries (Usually bread, deserts, or toilet paper)
  • Putting away groceries (Distributing toilet paper rolls to washrooms, putting food in the fridge)
  • Putting away his toys
  • Collecting the mail
  • Scraping the BBQ grill (just kidding)

And others…

We know first hand that every child is unique and faces their own challenges. As we work with Bryce and he grows everyday, we continue to have hope, and continue to challenge him a little more every day!

Daniel

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Sensory Friendly Films

Aside from sensory issues with touch, Bryce has started to show signs of being sensitive to loud sounds. If a sound is loud, he will cover his ears and say “too loud”. However, if it’s a sound he can control, or he is aware of, then it doesn’t bother him as much. This started a couple of months ago, or else we’re just noticing it now.

Sometimes these sensory issues can prevent us from doing things that other families have no problems doing, like going to the movies. But for Americans, this is now possible!

Sensory Friendly Films

AMC Entertainment in partnership with The Autism Society, bring AMC Sensory Friendly Films to families affected by autism on a monthly basis to select communities across the nation.

The program provides a special opportunity for families to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment. The auditoriums dedicated to the program have their lights up, the sound turned down and audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing!

As a leading theatrical exhibition company, AMC is so proud to be making a difference in the estimated 1.5 million Americans living with an autism spectrum disorder by offering families a chance to see a movie together — often for the very first time.

If you ever take advantage of this, please let us know how your experience was!

Thanks for reading,
Tanaya

Friday, September 24, 2010

Head, and shoulders, knees, and toes

Head and shoulders, knees, and toes isn’t only a song, but they are also areas that Bryce loves to be touched and squeezed. He sits on Daniel’s lap laughing and asks “tickle knee, tickle knee.” It’s not necessarily because he is ticklish there, but because he loves the sensation, the feeling that it gives him.

The pressure is very soothing for him and he is very sensitive to that feeling on his head, shoulders, knees, and toes. Other sensory issues Bryce has with touch is he doesn’t like people touching his belly, and despises getting his finger nails and toe nails trimmed. After trimming his nails, he refuses to use his hands unless it’s completely necessary because it just bothers him so much.

We’re pretty lucky though that he has such minor, and manageable sensory issues.

Thanks for reading,
Tanaya

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Comparing apples to oranges

Comparing children with autism to one another, is like comparing apples to oranges. Sure apples and oranges are both round, and both equally delicious, but they both have their own unique textures, flavours, and uses.

Every child is different, every case is different. No two children with autism are alike. They say if you meet a child with autism, you’ve met one child with autism. And that’s that.

Because each child is different, and each case is different, you need to realize that what works for one child with autism won’t necessarily work for another child with autism.

The stories we share to you as Bryce’s parents are things that we have experienced, things that have worked for us, and may or may not work for you. And what worked for you may or may not work for us just the same. You are the biggest advocate for your child, so do what works for your situation and don’t let anyone ever make you to do something because it’s worked for them.

Thanks for reading,
Tanaya

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

A fact about autism.

High-functioning autism vs. low-functioning autism.

“The difference between high-functioning and low-functioning is that high-functioning means your deficits are ignored, and low-functioning means your assets are ignored.” -Laura Tisoncik

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Things we’re working on

I think it’s safe to say that we are back into the routine of school, but some things are still under works.

To do

Bryce is still wanting to wear his favourite t-shirt and pants combo, and fights me every morning to wear it. I’ve been compromising on some days and letting him wear the shirt with different pants, or the pants with different shirt. I’m trying to get my hands on a dresser that has enough drawers for different days of the week outfits, as suggested by one of our readers. I really think that would visually help him understand.

In other news, Bryce is still obsessed with my arms when I wear long sleeved shirts to the point where I only own tank tops now. He presses his chin up against it so hard, and squeezes it with his hands, that the combination of it results in an excruciating and painful pinch. I have yet to come up with solutions for this. When I tell him to stop, and that it hurts, he says “Owwie, kiss better,” and proceeds to kiss it better, then goes right back at it and does it again.

Eating is getting better. We’re working on making a meal book for Bryce where we take pictures of meals we make to involve him in grocery shopping choices and ‘what’s for dinner’ choices. When it comes to eating, we emphasize to Bryce that the food he is eating is yummy, so he remembers that it’s yummy when it comes to eating it next time.

Those are the three things we are currently working on. If you have any advice, or suggestions, we’d love to hear them. We’re discovering more and more that regardless with the amount of language Bryce has, he is, and probably will always be, a visual thinker.

Thanks for reading,
Tanaya

Monday, September 20, 2010

Take a great vacation! (closed)

Marquise Holidays has generously donated a 2 night weekend stay at the Marquise in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada for us to raffle off.

Prize valued at over $200!!

The weekend is pre-booked for Friday, December 3rd, 2010 to Sunday, December 5th, 2010 and is non exchangeable.

Tickets can be purchased by Tanaya or Daniel in person.

1 ticket for $2 or 3 tickets for $5

All proceeds of this raffle will go to the Bubbles Make Him Smile Therapy Fund.

A winner will be announced on Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010 through our website and will be contacted via phone or e-mail and instructions will be provided to register for your stay on Marquise Holidays website.

A huge and special thanks to the Marquise Holidays. Take a great vacation!

Please note, a $1 refundable security deposit on credit card is required from the winner. For more information, please read the policies.

Thanks for reading,
Tanaya

Take a great vacation!

About the Marquise:

Take a great vacation! The Marquise is located in beautiful Whistler, British Columbia, Canada.

They are perfectly located in the close-to-everything, yet quiet Blackcomb Benchlands area. You can Ski In and Ski Out to the Wizard Chair and Cruiser Run or take the 4 minute ride on the free Shuttle Bus to Whistler Village base from right outside the front door of the Marquise! It runs every seven minutes.

A quick walk to both Blackcomb and Whistler Villages or again, you can choose to take the year round free Shuttle Bus located right outside of the Marquise. They are also right on the Valley Trail for summer activities. Walk to Golf, Swimming at Lost Lake or nearby biking.

The Marquise is a perfect location for access. No driving required.

Sleeps 4. 1 King bed, 1 Queen sofa. Ski storages, private deck, swimming pool, and fireplace.

The Marquise in Whistler, British Columbia

Prize generously donated by Marquise Holidays.

Thanks for reading,
Tanaya

Sunday, September 19, 2010

‘N’ice time

I thought I would share one of the activities that Bryce and I enjoy doing together as father and son. This activity allows us to spend some time together and we both have all lot of fun doing it together.

Ice skating! At our local recreation centre they have twoonie skate. (A twoonie is a $2.00 coin in Canada, appropriately named as our $1.00 coin is a loonie because of the loon on the back of it).

For $2.00 you get skate and helmet rentals, and 4 hours of ice time. I first took Bryce on a school field trip to the ice rink, and he really took a liking to it. One of Bryce’s favorite things is when I skate backwards holding both his hands while he skates forward, and we reach breakneck speeds! He laughs and screams faster… faster… the whole time.

Of course, like everyone, Bryce doesn’t like to fall down, but he’s developed his own encouragement. He’ll tell himself, “Oh no fall down, it’s ok it’s ok”, or “help up, help up please”. He has some minor sensory issues with his pants getting wet, so we avoid falling down as much as possible. He’s actually become quite a proficient skater, either with the bar, on his own, or holding hands.

It’s very important to spend time together, and I’m glad that we discovered an activity that we can both enjoy together.

Daniel

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Squamish Farmers’ Market

Every Saturday from May 15th to October 9th, rain or shine, the Squamish Farmers’ Market provides the community with the freshest, most local organic foods available in the season, local artisans, crafts, and live music while supporting their local economy and foster community and sustainability.

The Squamish Farmers’ Market Association generously accepted us to participate in their event and be part of the community, blowing bubbles, and promoting autism awareness and acceptance. We had an amazing time, and met so many wonderful people, and we really had a lot of fun!

Thank you so much Squamish for welcoming us and the wonderful support today at the Squamish Farmers’ Market! We hope you enjoyed our bubbles as much as we enjoyed your smiles!

Thanks for reading,
Tanaya

Friday, September 17, 2010

It’s my party and I’ll sleep if I want to

Today we drove down to my brothers place to celebrate Bryce’s cousins 2nd birthday. The kids filling up on little snacks and goodies, and coloured on a piece of drift wood that they could hang on their bedroom door.

You know it’s a good party when you pass out after it’s over. Success.

Thanks for reading,
Tanaya

Thursday, September 16, 2010

6 months and 183 blogs later

‎6 months ago today, we created BubblesMakeHimSmile.com to help promote autism awareness, autism acceptance, raise funds for autism treatment, and to share our lives with you and our experiences as people who love someone with autism.

We’d like to thank everyone who have been along for the ride and supported, promoted, generously donated, and helped us become what we are this very day.

6 months and 183 blogs later

Looking back into our blog archive, we wanted to share and showcase some of your favourite blogs, and bring some light onto some of our favourite blogs.

Our very first blog: Hello! My name is:

Our most popular blog: Everybody Poops!

Something we will never ever forget: A Moment to Remember

Tanaya’s favourite blog: My Not-Typical, Typical-Like Child

Daniel’s favourite blog: “I will not let autism define him” -A fathers point of view

A ‘Must-Read’ for parents of children with disabilities: My 10 Commandments

Accepting people with autism: Can you fit into a size 12 and a half pair of sneakers?

Our bedtime advice series: Planning a Bedtime Routine, Strategies for Helping Your Child to Sleep Through the Night, Suggestions for Better Sleep, Time for Bed

Links: Extremely helpful, educational, and resourceful websites for children with special needs

Thank you again for your continued support,
Bryce, Tanaya, and Daniel

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Autism Creations

April is autism awareness month, but really, autism awareness should be everyday!

MCM Creations with Autism Creations helps achieve this through tags. Creative, inspiring, and powerful sayings combined with beautiful colours that bring the words to life, MCM Creations takes autism awareness to a whole other level.

Being a fan of Autism Creations, and admiring their dedication on promoting autism awareness through tags and snags, (even tagging and snagging a couple of the pieces myself) I wanted to know their story.

Here is the interview:

Thank you, MCM Creations, for allowing me to ask you some questions about Autism Creations. I love how you promote autism awareness and autism acceptance through little one liners, little messages, combined with art.

Autism Creations has successfully turned into a couple of ‘snags and tags’ to hundreds of people showcasing your artwork and spreading autism awareness. It has to be an amazing feeling, and we just would love for you to share your story.

Tell us about Autism Creations.

Autism Creations is a place where people can come to enjoy and snag autism/aspergers awareness tags and have personal tags made for themselves and their loved ones.

What inspired/motivated you to create autism/aspergers tags?

I was inspired/motivated to create these tags from my own boys. They both have autism and non verbal and very low-functioning. As I met many more parents both on Facebook and through the school system I realized just how common autism has become. I've been playing around with this for a while now, but it wasn't until early this year when I really start working on making tags.

Seeing the world through the eyes of autism

If we don't stand up for our children, then who will?

Never give up on what you believe in. I believe in Autism Awareness and I believe in my child!

Where do you get your ideas from?

Mostly I get my ideas when I’m busy doing other things or when I trying to go to sleep, that's when most things come to me. There are however a few sayings that I loved and used in some of my tags.

I mostly like to make my tags different! Make them colorful, as anyone who knows anything about autism would know all the colorful puzzle pieces. I like to try to come up with things that most people know and live with everyday that people don't see in tags.

I also take suggestions for people who would like to see something made as a tag (example: meltdown tags were a suggestion.)

What is your hope for the future of Autism Creations?

What do I hope to come out of AC [Autism Creations]? To spread autism/aspergers awareness, to let others know they are not alone. To help anyway I may be able to.

To give others joy and happiness that autism isn't all bad, that there IS a good side to autism.

For the future of AC [Autism Creations] I would like to post notes, ect. everyday. To do that I may need to find help, as I don't always have time to do research, make tags, requests, and do what I need for my boys & family.

Maybe even after some time and research make some tags for other disabilities.

What are your thoughts on the success of Autism Creations now?

The success now is great, I just created this site maybe a month or two ago and I'm already up to almost 800 fans!

Thanks to many of the fans who have shared and suggested Autism Creations. It has been a big help in spreading autism/aspergers awareness.

Thank you so much for sharing your story with me, and with all of our viewers. I hope it brings more attention and helps promote autism awareness, and maybe get you a fan or two. :)

Thanks for reading,
Tanaya

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Ugly of Autism

This is an intense poem. I'm sort of up and down on it. I think it reflects all the negativity and ugliness behind autism, that may not always exist, and it does not reflect any of the beautiful side behind autism that can be seen just the same, if not more. That being said, I wanted to post it because I do feel that while it is very dark and negative, it does speak some truth in what some families can go through. Let’s not kid ourselves, autism isn’t always rainbows and sometimes it rains.

I Am Autism
by Marty Murphy

Hello. Allow me to introduce myself to you. My name is Autism. Perhaps you know me or know of me. I am a condition, a "disorder" that affects many people. I strike at will, when and where I want. Unlike Downs Syndrome or other birth "defects," I leave no marks on those I strike. In fact, I pride myself on the ability to infiltrate a Childs life, while leaving him or her strikingly handsome. Many people may not even know that I am there. They blame the child for what I cause him or her to do. I am Autism and I do as I please.

I am Autism. I strike boys and girls, infants and toddlers. I find my best victims to be boys around the age of 2, but any child will do. I like children and they are always the true victims, though I take hostage the others in the child's family as well. It is a bit like getting two for the price of one. I affect one child and infect the entire family.

I am Autism. I strike rich and poor alike. The rich combat me with education and therapy. The poor shut their children away and cannot afford to fight me. I am able to win in the lives of poor children more than I am of the wealthy, but I will try to take root anywhere.

I am Autism. I am an equal opportunity disorder. I like whites, blacks, Mexicans, Ukrainians, Russians, Poles, Slavs, Japanese, Koreans and Fins. In fact, I strike everywhere on earth. I know no geographical bounds.

I am Autism. I do not discriminate based upon religion either. I strike Jews and Christians, Muslims and Buddhists, Atheists and Agnostics, Hindus and Rastafarians. I do not care what religion a person is or what beliefs he may hold. When I strike, there will be little time for any of that anyway. When they find me, they will question everything the believe in, so why would I strike any one group? I have affected followers of every religion on the planet.

I am Autism and I am strong and getting stronger every year, every month, every day, every minute, and every second. I am concerned that money might be allotted to combat me and my takeover of children, but so far I have little to fear. Some countries, like Kuwait, are spending quite a bit of money to assist those who I have targeted and some, like the United States, would rather spend money on such ludicrous things as discovering the number of American Indians who practice voodoo, as opposed to combating me. In an atmosphere as that, I can flourish and wreck havoc at will. In places such as that, I rub my hands with glee at the problem I can cause to children, families and to the society at large.

I am Autism. When I come, I come to stay. I take the dreams and hopes of every parent and trample them with glee. I see the fear and confusion in the eyes of my victims and I see the formation of wrinkles, worries and ulcers and the pain on the face of their parents. I see the embarrassment their child causes because of me and the parents unsuccessful attempt to hide their child and, me. I see tears and the parents cry and feel the tears of their child. I am Autism. I leave sorrow in my wake.

I am Autism. I teeth and give nothing but bewilderment and loathing in return. I take speech and learning, I take socialization and understanding. I take away "common sense" and if I am allowed to flourish, I take away all but their physical life. What I leave behind, is almost worse than death.

I am Autism. I fear nothing except courage, which I thankfully see little of. I fear those who take a stand against me and attempt to fight me and bring others into the fight as well. I fear those who try to make it safe and easier for my victims in the community, and their families. I fear those who push ahead, despite the fact that I am in tow. I fear the day that I will be eradicated from the planet. Yet, I do not fear too much right now. There is no need.

I am Autism and I bet you know me or know of me. If you don't, you probably will soon. I am marching forward faster than I ever have before. I am looking for new children all the time. I dread the day I will be looked on with pity, or worse yet, understanding, for that day, is the day I will begin to die. But, I don't think that will happen for a long long time though, do you? In the meantime, I prowl onward, looking to cause pain and suffering wherever I go. I have so much work to do and thankfully, no one is stopping me.

Hello my name is Autism. Perhaps you know me or know of me...

Autism Creations

About the author: Marty Murphy is an adult with Autism Spectrum Disorder who was born and raised in central Illinois. With her personal insight and presentations on autism across Illinois, Marty has made a tremendous impact on how parents, teachers, and administrators look at our children's futures.

Thanks for reading,
Tanaya

Monday, September 13, 2010

Moms With Apps

As most of you know, we’re really into apps for our iTouch and iPhone, and if we could afford an iPad, we’d probably be on that bandwagon too. We absolutely love-love-love the Kindergarten.com app collection and told you about that and even gave you some suggestions for Apps for Autism. So by now, you should know that if we find a great app (or anything great for that matter), we’re definitely going to share it with you guys!

We recently discovered Moms With Apps, a group of family-friendly developers who share best practices on making and marketing mobile apps. They strive for their apps to be high-quality, educational, interactive and useful. They have apps for reading, apps for learning, apps for travel, apps for fun and creativity, apps for special needs, and even apps for parents like safe browsers and reward charts.

Moms With Apps

Moms With Apps purpose:

1. Collaborate, brainstorm and support developers who bring high quality kid and family apps out into the marketplace.

2. Illustrate the healthy intersections of kids and technology, where technology becomes an interactive tool for real life, and not a screen to hide behind.

3. Provide a resource for families who are curious about what’s available in the ever-growing market of mobile technologies.

If that hasn’t sold you yet, every Friday is App Friday, a weekly feature on a family-friendly developer from Moms With Apps and highlights one of the developer’s apps with a review and description, along with a FREE download or special promotion. But it doesn’t stop there, they are all about community building and have a section where you can share a link to an app you enjoy, so readers have a long list of recommendations to check out.

Mom With Apps... you had me at FREE.

You know the saying that if it sounds to good to be true, then it’s probably not? This isn’t the case here.

Take a look at Moms with Apps, see if you find anything that tickles your fancy, and let us know what your favourite apps are from them.

Thanks for reading,
Tanaya

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Halloween is in the air

Now that Bryce is back in school, we can look forward to another school year, with new teachers, new SEA’s and new friends. Of course, the new school year means Halloween is near! (We already see Halloween decorations and costumes in stores!) Bryce has always enjoyed dressing up for the holiday, and enjoys spending time going and knocking on doors, and yes of course the candy! (Which of course is for Bryce only, shhh).

Each Halloween, as a family we dress up and participate together. One year we dressed as pirates and another year as super heroes where Bryce was Spiderman, Tanaya was Superwoman, and I was Wolverine.

Our themes usually have to do with something well known in that year, or something Bryce is into. A few of Bryce’s favourite video games to play are Super Mario Brothers for Nintendo DS, Super Mario Brothers Wii, and Mario Kart for Wii. He enjoys the racing, and the scenery. If you’ve played Mario Kart Wii and read Caterpillar Craziness, you can understand his passion.

This year, as it may not be obvious yet, is Super Mario!

Princess Peach, Mario, and Luigi

Every day is a great learning opportunity, and Halloween is no exception! The pumpkin patch and pumpkin carving are an excellent opportunity to spend time on activities that children enjoy like labeling, communicating, offering choices, and instructing. Our hope this year is that Bryce can master the ‘trick or treat’ without any verbal or non-verbal prompting.

I know it’s a little early, but we hope you enjoy your Halloween and spend time as a family doing a little something for the kids… and the big kids.

Daniel

Saturday, September 11, 2010

What is love?

If you could describe your child(ren) with only one word, what word would it be?

I’d probably describe Bryce as ‘love’. Love is the emotion of strong affection and personal attachment. In philosophical context, love is a virtue representing all of human kindness, compassion, and affection. In religious context, love is not just a virtue, but the basis for all being.

What is love?

Love can be complicated.

Love can be beautiful.

Love can be everything in between.

Love can conquer all.

Love is all you need.

Yeah, Bryce is definitely love.

Thanks for reading,
Tanaya

Friday, September 10, 2010

One week down

One week down, 42 more weeks of school to go until next summer! (Give or take a couple of weeks of vacation days, holidays, and school closed days.) But it’s not like I’m counting or anything.

Don’t get me wrong! Like most parents, I look forward to my child returning back to school, but today I found it so very quiet around the house. Not like Bryce is noisy or anything, well not to me at least, but the quietness was just a reminder that he’s growing up. Concepts that parents dread to even think! Our children... growing up!? It’s not like it’s his first year entering school, you’d think I’d be used to this by now, eh? I don’t know.

Anyways, I definitely have a good feeling about this school year though. I really like his teacher and his SEA and they already are starting to get to know Bryce, which is very important for his success.

If you could pick an age for your child to stay (so they’d never grow up), what age would it be and why?

Thanks for reading,
Tanaya

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Autism Quotes and Words to Live By

Tell me, and I forget. Teach me, and I remember. Involve me, and I LEARN.

Hey, keep staring at me and you just might cure my Autism. Then we can work on YOUR social skills.

If you keep on trying, you’ll get the hang of it...

Routine, structure, patience, and most of all LOVE!

‘Normal’ is a dryer setting.

If you have met one person with Autism, you have met one person with Autism.

Autism Rocks! (and rolls and spins and flaps and loves and laughs)

See my potential.

You don’t have to have a disability to be different.

I may not be where I intended to go, but I am exactly where I’m meant to be.

I just want to continue to exist, but you continue to question my very existence.

I do not suffer from Autism, but I do suffer from the way you treat me.

Autism is not a tragedy. Ignorance is the tragedy.

People with AUTISM... do not lie, do not judge, do not play mind games. Maybe we can learn something from them.

I’m just like everybody else... only different.

Just because I can’t speak doesn't mean I have nothing to say!

Not being able to speak is not the same as not having anything to say.

You all laugh because I'm different, I laugh because you're all the same.

Always Unique Totally Interesting Sometimes Mysterious. Autism.

Special thanks to our Facebook friends for contributing their autism quotes and words to live by. Have a favourite autism quote? Please leave it as a comment.

Thanks for reading,
Tanaya

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Apps for Autism

Autism, there’s an app for that!

Apps for Social Goals, Apps for Communication, Apps for Behaviour, Relaxation, and Structure, Apps for Sensory Issues, Apps for Functional Issues, Apps for Productivity, Apps for Organization, and Apps for Academics.

Apps for Social Goals

Authentic Yoga with Deepak Chopra Authentic Yoga with Deepak Chopra Helps user understand Yoga, learn to practice and the many poses.
Price: $1.99

ChessChess Chess game
Price: FREE

Guitar Jam Guitar Jam Loop based and real time music system allowing anyone to create jams on the fly.
Price: FREE for lite version, $0.99 for full version

Hidden Curriculum for Adolescents and AdultsHidden Curriculum for Adolescents and Adults Teaches how to deal with the “hidden curriculum” through real-life based entries that spur conversations about the numerous “unwritten social rules” we encounter everyday.
Price: $1.99

Hidden Curriculum for KidsHidden Curriculum for Kids Teaches children how to deal with the “hidden curriculum” through real-life based entries that spur conversations about the numerous “unwritten social rules” we encounter everyday.
Price: $1.99

iQuarium iQuarium Create your own aquarium.
Price: FREE for lite version, $0.99 for full version

Lightsaber Unleashed

Lightsaber Unleashed Allows user to swing iTouch around like a lightsaber.
Price: FREE

Tic Tac Toe

Tic Tac Toe Full featured free tic tac toe game.
Price: FREE

Whiteboard Lite Collaborative Drawing

Whiteboard Lite: Collaborative Drawing Collaborative drawing tool allowing two iTouch devices to create pictures together over WiFi or bluetooth.
Price: FREE for lite version, $3.99 for full version


Apps for Communication

Bump Bump Hold your iTouch and gently bump someone else’s iTouch to share photos and friends (contacts).
Price: FREE

Dragon Dictation Dragon Dictation Speak into the iTouch and your words are converted to text.
Price: FREE

iConverse

iConverse Assisted Communication app.
Price: $9.99

iPrompts

iPrompts Scheduling app, allows you to use your own photos.
Price: $49.99

iSign

iSign Excellent interface, timing, vocabulary and animation.
Price: FREE for lite version or $4.99 for full version

Proloquo2go

Proloquo2Go Full featured augmentative and alternative communication app.
Price: $189.00

Sight Words Flashcard

Sight Words Flashcard 1000 words for preschool through grade school.
Price: $0.99

Sign Language Sign Language Learn the fundamentals of Sign Language through video with Avery Posner, ASL teacher.
Price: $0.99

Sign 4 Me Sign 4 Me Learn sign language through 3D video.
Price: $9.99

Speak It! Speak It! User can write into app and have the text read aloud.
Price: $1.99

Talk Assist Talk Assist Alternative communication app allows user to type in a phrase etc and have it spoken. Phrases can be saved and retrieved as needed.
Price: FREE


Apps for Behaviour, Relaxation, and Structure

2Do Stunning ToDo List 2Do: Stunning To Do List Clear, easy to use to do list.
Price: $6.99

All Done!

All Done! Powerful checklist application.
Price: $1.99

iRewardChart LiteiRewardChart Lite: Parents Reward Tracker Behavior Chore chart Set up rewards chart for behaviour, chores etc. and students can choose from rewards suggested by the app or those the user sets as rewards.
Price: FREE for lite version, $4.99 for full version

Make a Martian Make a Martian Make a Martian with hundreds of slippery, creepy and crawly body parts in many colors.
Price: FREE

NFB Films NFB Films Access to over 1000 documentaries, animations and trailers.
Price: FREE

Rount To It Round To It List Manager/ To Do List with extra features.
Price: $2.99

Time Timer Time Timer Visual Disc technology used to answer the question, “How much longer?”
Price: $4.99

Todo Todo Makes task management easy and fun.
Price: $4.99

VisualTimer Visual Timer Easy to use visual timer with a graphical interface.
Price: $0.99

Visules Visules Communicates check lists and individual cues using text, images and colors.
Price: $4.99


Apps for Sensory Issues

A Mood Pad Heat Sensitive Surface A Mood Pad – Heat Sensitive Surface The screen fills with color as you move your fingers over it.
Price: FREE

Binaural Beats Binaural Beats Use sounds of nature to induce sleep, help with studying or just block out the world.
Price: FREE

Blowfish Poppers Blowfish Poppers Tap the blowfish in the middle of their bellies and they pop.
Price: FREE

Bright Puzzles Sea Life lite Bright Puzzles: Sea Life Lite Puzzles featuring sea life.
Price: FREE for lite version, $0.99 for full version

BubbleWrap BubbleWrap Break the bubbles in the bubble wrap!
Price: FREE

Facegoo Facegoo This photo app allows you to stretch, pinch and twist your photos.
Price: FREE for lite version, $0.99 for full version

Fireworks Fireworks Interactive visualization program designed to interact with your iTunes.
Price: FREE for lite version, $0.99 for full version

Fluid Fluid Interactive app.
Price: FREE

iLuveMozart Boost Your IQ iLuvMozart (Boost Your IQ) Listen to Mozart.
Price: $1.99

iRelax iRelax Sleep and relaxation and yoga and sleep helper.
Price: FREE for lite version, $1.99 for full version

Kinetic Balls Kinetic Balls Experiment with physics as you try and get the balls moving.
Price: FREE

Lightstrings Lightstrings Lightstrings follow your finger as long as you glide over the touch screen.
Price: $1.99

Metronome Metronome Set the time for the metronome to keep the beat.
Price: FREE

Relax Relax Relaxation app with easy interface.
Price: $2.99


Apps for Functional Issues

Audiobooks Audiobooks 2800 classic audio books free.
Price: FREE for lite version, $0.99 for full version

Documents 2 Document 2 Spreadsheet, TextEdit, Preview, Email, WiFi
Price: FREE for lite version, $1.99 for full version

Groceries Grocery List Groceries Grocery List Grocery list you can organize by store, section, sorted or manually sorted.
Price: $0.99

iPrompt iPrompt Professional teleprompting for the iTouch.
Price: FREE

Lists Free Lists Free Store any kind of list on your iTouch.
Price: FREE

myHomework myHomework Keep track of your projects, homework, classes and tests.
Price: FREE

Model Me Going Places Model Me Going Places Visual teaching tool for helping children navigate challenging places.
Price: FREE

Print Magic Print Magic On the go WiFi printing.
Price: $6.99

Sideways Sideways Landscape orientated keyboard.
Price: $1.99

Simple Mind xpress Simple Mind Xpress Free mind mapping tool.
Price: FREE for Lite version, $6.99 for full version

Simplify Checklist Simplify Checklist 9 checklists provided in the Lite version, 55 in the full version.
Price: FREE for Lite version, $1.99 for full version

Units Units Simple unit conversion utility.
Price: $0.99


Apps for Productivity

Perfect Rhyme Perfect Rhyme Delivers perfect rhymes with a snappy interface.
Price: $0.99

Quick Office Quick Office Office Suite.
Price: $9.99


Apps for Organization

Lists Free Lists Free Store any kind of list on your iTouch.
Price: FREE

Simplify Checklist Simplify Checklist 9 checklists provided in the Lite version, 55 in the full version.
Price: FREE for Lite version, $1.99 for full version


Apps for Academics

Authentic Yoga with Deepak Chopra Authentic Yoga with Deepak Chopra Helps user understand Yoga, learn to practice and the many poses.
Price: $1.99

Basic Math Basic Math Drill and practice of the the foundational skills of math.
Price: FREE for lite version, $3.99 for full version

Bingo Card Bingo Card Electronic game board for Bingo. Tap on the numbers as they are called.
Price: FREE

Canadian Taxes Canadian Taxes Calculates GST and PST in the various provinces.
Price: FREE

Classics Classics Just one app of the many ebook apps.
Price: $2.99

Column Subtraction Column Subtraction Teach and study the alternative column subtraction method.
Price: $3.99

Dr. Email Dr. Email Spell/grammar check for text entry app with landscape keyboard.
Price: $0.99

Dragon Dictation Dragon Dictation Speak into the iTouch and your words are converted to text.
Price: FREE

Everyday Column Addition Everyday Column: Addition Teach and study the alternative column addition method.
Price: $3.99

Flood-It Flood-It! Flood the whole board with one color in less than the suggested number of steps.
Price: FREE

Fraction Reduction Gizmo Fraction Reduction Gizmo Tool for young student just starting to deal with fractions and reducing them.
Price: FREE

gFlashcards flashcards tests gFlashcards – Flashcards & Tests Flashcard app.
Price: FREE for lite version, $4.99 for full version

iCoin Canada Lite iCoin Canada Lite Canadian currency.
Price: FREE for lite version, $1.99 for full version

iJame Lite iJam Lite Simulates a 6 string guitar.
Price: $0.99

Kid's Fraction Fun Kid’s Fraction Fun Fractions, percentages, decimals.
Price: $0.99

Long Division Long Division Learn and practice the long division method.
Price: $3.99

Long Multiplication Long Multiplication Learn and practice the long multiplication method.
Price: $3.99

Math Magic Math Magic Game for addition, subtraction, and multiplication.
Price: $0.99

Math Snacks Video Math Snacks Video Videos about ratio, rate and proportion.
Price: FREE

Math Tutor Lite Math Tutor Lite Covers 6 grades, with practice on mathematical concepts.
Price: FREE for lite version, $0.99 for full version

Mendeleev’s Tables Lite Mendeleev’s Tables Lite Mendeleev’s periodic table.
Price: FREE for lite version, $3.99 for full version

Parking Parking Directing traffic in a parking lot.
Price: $0.99

Perfect Rhyme Perfect Rhyme Delivers perfect rhymes with a snappy interface.
Price: $0.99

Planets Planets 3D Guide to the solar system.
Price: FREE

Rush Hour Rush Hour The original sliding block traffic jam puzzle.
Price: $2.99

Shakespeare Shakespeare All the works of Shakespeare.
Price: FREE

Stanza Stanza Clear and easy to use reading interface.
Price: FREE

Sunrise Sunset Lite Sunrise Sunset Lite Displays sunrise and sunset times based on GPS location.
Price: FREE for lite version, $0.99 for full version

Tell Time Tell Time App to help students learn to tell time.
Price: $1.99

Torect Torect Slide blocks to form a rectangle.
Price: FREE

Tumblebooks to Go Mud Puddle Tumblebooks to Go: Mud Puddle Many different titles, each a different app - Mud Puddle is just one.
Price: $1.99

Typenology Typenology With predictive word feature, you can increase both speed and accuracy in typing.
Price: FREE

2010 World Fact Book 2010 World Fact Book The complete CIA World Fact Book at your finger tips.
Price: $0.99

ZenTap ZenTap Word prediction from the first few letters of words.
Price: FREE


Feel free to click on the graphic below to save or print ‘Apps for Autism’ for your own use. (PDF file)

Apps for Autism

Information from Apps for ASD iPod Touch Project
Teacher recommended apps for children with ASD
Prepared by Barbara Welsford, M.Ed., ATP SSRSB & Anita Kingdon
March 27, 2010

Based on the prices on Wednesday, September 8th, 2010
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