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 and my experiences as a person who loves someone with autism.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

B.C.’s 4th Annual Walk Now for Autism Speaks

Walk Now for Autism SpeaksJoin us for British Columbia’s 4th Annual Walk Now For Autism Speaks!

Sunday, September 25, 2011
Nat Bailey Stadium
4601 Ontario Street
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Walk Now for Autism Speaks is a family-friendly FUNdraising event for the entire community! Come out and enjoy a playland of activities for children of all ages. Slides and bouncy houses, sand/water/bubble stations, crafts and face painting, mascots, music and other entertainment, special guests, and more!

Our goal is to raise $300. British Columbia’s goal is $300,000.

Please show your support and help us reach these goals!

Donate or Join Team BubblesMakeHimSmile.com here: http://www.walknowforautismspeaks.ca/team/BubblesMakeHimSmile

For more information about the event please visit: http://www.walknowforautismspeaks.ca/

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Shout-Out to the Terminal City Rollergirls

Sending out a shout-out and big thank you to the Terminal City Rollergirls (TCRG) for inviting our family to your roller derby event and for your contributions that you are making to the autism community!

Terminal City Rollergirls

Another special thanks to “Pretty Painful” of Public Frenemy of TCRG who got us tickets to their event. Thanks so much!

A little back story: “Pretty Painful” noticed our bubbles at Canada Day for Canada Place and while we spoke briefly, she mentioned her league would be participating in the Walk Now for Autism event this year. We had no intentions of participating this year, but I remember thinking it’s really great that the community is getting more involved every year.

She later contacted us on our website interested in getting one of our bubble blowers and after corresponding back and forth in emails, we learned more about her and that she was a member and skater for the Terminal City Rollergirls and as part of the Community Service Committee that they’d be fundraising for Autism Speaks Canada for their upcoming bout on August 13th. She also mentioned that they would also be participating in the Vancouver Gay Pride Parade, too.

She continued saying that she was thinking they might be able to work with us or at the very least get us tickets to their roller derby event and if we were interested to let her know. She even went above and beyond seeing if it was possible for us to be able to sell our bubble blowers at the event. Never had gone to a roller derby before, and of course not going to pass up her generousity, we accepted immediately!

So Bryce got to meet “Pretty Painful” (who we think is pretty awesome). We also stopped by the Walk Now for Autism Speaks booth they had set up there. The woman running the booth has a daughter on the spectrum (which, always seems to be a huge deal to me for some reason, as most of our interactions with people who love someone on the spectrum is usually online.) She gave us some rub on tattoos (and a couple for my cheeks, hehe), an Autism Speaks car magnet, and generously upgraded our invite to free V.I.P. seating passes, which they were selling to raise funds for TEAM TCRG for the Walk Now for Autism Speaks event this year.

I personally believe everything happens for a reason. It was just really inspiring how everything just happened the way it did. Inspired by “Pretty Painful” and Terminal City Rollergirls extreme generousity towards us and giving their time to the autism community, we have decided that this year we will be participating in the Walk Now for Autism Speaks event as well and to not take away from Team TCRG and their fundraising efforts, we’ll tell ya about that in another blog. :)

Thank you again TCRG and “Pretty Painful”! We really did have a great time and wish you tons of success!

Thanks for reading,
Bryce, Tanaya, and Daniel

Oh, and incase you were wondering, Public Frenemy totally squashed the competition!

About Public Frenemy:

Public Frenemy

The new crew in town with a hip hop theme.
The colours they wear are bright orange and green

A Frenemy is an enemy who acts like your friend.
By keeping your enemies closer this team will transcend.

Straight from the Roller rink to Terminal City,
These girls are sassy and street, while always lookin’ pretty.

They’re jokesters but they skate with style and skills.
Guaranteed if you’re up against them, they’ll give you the chills.

To their fans they are Public Frenemy #1.
With mean hits and crazy footwork, they’re always having fun.

Next season the other teams will be in shock,
Cause this team isn’t another Jenny from the block.

With the beats from the boom box of real hip hop,
Watch all as Public Frenemy rises to the top!

Know your Frenemy!!

For more information about Terminal City Rollergirls or Public Frenemy, please visit this website: http://www.TerminalCityRollergirls.com/

Friday, August 12, 2011

The Story Mouse

The Story Mouse is offering our BubblesMakeHimSmile.com readers THREE of their most popular books for your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch for FREE from Friday, August 12th, 2011 to Monday, August 15th, 2011!

The Story Mouse

Here’s how to get your FREE stories:

First, visit and “Like” The Story Mouse on Facebook. Feel free to say, “Hi!” while you’re there: http://www.facebook.com/TheStoryMouse

Next, download the latest version of The Story Mouse app from Apple’s App Store. Here’s the link:  http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/story-mouse/id390726873?mt=8It

Finally, once the app is installed on your device (wait for the little “installing” wheel to stop spinning) tap on “info” and enter the code in the “voucher” box. The stories related to your voucher will then unlock and that’s it - you can keep them forever. Other stories are available to buy if you’d like them.

The special Bubbles Make Him Smile code will appear on The Story Mouse’s Facebook page on Friday, August 12th, 2011 and be active until Monday, August 15th, 2011, so when you have the code, use it quickly, and we hope you enjoy your THREE FREE stories:

  • Little Red Riding Hood
  • Jack & the Beanstalk
  • The Owl & the Pussycat

The Story Mouse

Oh, and did we forget to mention that The Story Mouse comes with a FREE story with the app? So you’ll get FOUR FREE stories all together!

A HUGE and SPECIAL thanks to The Story Mouse for inviting us to share their app with all of our friends. :) Much appreciated!

Thanks for reading,
Bryce, Tanaya, and Daniel

**Don’t forget to rate or review any apps you ever get! App developers appreciate your feedback!**
Note: iTunes policy prevents you from rating or writing reviews for apps you obtained from a redeemed code, however, please consider contacting the app developers by other means (email, Facebook, Twitter) to leave your review.

About The Story Mouse:

The Story Mouse is a growing collection of virtual books for children with audio, illustrations, and text, bringing the world’s favourite children’s stories and fairy tales to life on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. We all remember the stories we grew up with - those which have been handed down through the generations, and now they’re here, lovingly retold with wit, flair, and bags of character.

Traditional storytelling is accompanied by lovely illustrations to make a great listening and reading experience. Stories from the Story Mouse are presented as virtual books. The presenter reads the story aloud as the text appears. On the iPad, each page has an illustration on the left, with the text on the right. On iPhone and iPod touch, the illustrations are displayed full screen when you hold the device vertically. Turn horizontally to display the text. Whether listening at bedtime or on a long journey, these magical fairy tales will both entertain and educate.

All our traditional stories are a pure listening experience for younger children, as well as a read-along experience for those who are learning to read. The Story Mouse comes with a free story. You can safely purchase more stories using your iTunes account. More stories will be added in future updates. If you haven’t purchased a story yet, you can still sample the first few pages. Once you have purchased a story, it can be retrieved on all devices associated with your iTunes account.

For more information about The Story Mouse, please visit their website: http://www.TheStoryMouse.com

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Sessions (HBOT)

Here’s some footage from Bryce’s Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy session (HBOT) from start to finish. Session 56 of 60.
 

We will be documenting this whole HBOT experience and sharing pictures, videos, and reporting everything we can on our blog, Facebook, and Twitter.

If you have any questions for us, or just questions in general that we may be able to answer, please contact us.

Thanks for reading,
Tanaya

To learn more about Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) to treat autism, please visit Vitalia Health Care.