For a long time I have wanted to write about our struggles, challenges, and accomplishments with our journey to understanding our son. It has been a very windy road with many bumps and detours along the way. Every time we felt we would take one step forward it would follow with ten steps backwards. Life has been a struggle. Parenting is one of the most difficult jobs, and parenting a child that has their own untraveled path, limited communication, unique and challenging behaviours is a very sleepless, emotionally draining, helpless, and overwhelming road to travel. I know that all families have their struggles and challenges, and the saying "You are only given what you can handle", is probably true BUT I can't count how many times I have said "I can't handle this, it's too much." All the while with tears running down my face while my son screams in the other room because Momma doesn't understand why or even how to help him and needed to walk away to take a moment.
I want to write this blog not only as a therapeutic release, but to hopefully reach other parents who are struggling and know they are not "crazy"(that's how I felt all the time) or alone in what they are feeling. I also want to write this blog to help educate Early Childhood Educators, teachers, friends or really anyone who is willing to read this about Sensory Needs and how to support children in their daily life. I am not an OT or a therapist, and I would never claim to be, but what I am is a very passionate Momma and Early Childhood Educator who will continue to educate, support, and advocate for any child who needs support. The journey with our son has allowed me to discover my true calling in life, educator, advocate, supporter, and life long learner. I am slowly realizing that our journey with our son will probably never really end as with any parents job, but I hope and believe that he will continue to show us the way.
I will write about the endless accommodations I have made in our home and preschool, the simple and very inexpensive sensory resources I have provided for our son and the research, observations, and reflection I continually do to support our son. I hope that you will join me in this new journey and find it helpful, supportive, and resourceful.
I am a mom to an amazing young son who was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at the age of 2.5 years old. This blog is about the journey we have travelled as a family to discover how our son communicates and to be a happy child in a world that doesn't quite feel right to him. I am an Early Childhood Educator and I use my passion of play and individual needs to support our son to live a joyous and happy life.