Just a little nuts

Just a little nuts
A blog about single parenting & autism

Friday, November 30, 2012


Little Squirrel's ears hear totally different words (such as Arizona becomes donut), and I have to constantly repeat myself. She doesn't seem to utilize context at all when hearing spoken communication. Yet she can use context when reading and trying to guess at words she doesn't know in books.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving...now what do we do?

For a child that hates most food, and all Thanksgiving food, and can't handle social situations--what in the world do we do on Thanksgiving Day??? A day that I knew as festive and fun as a child is now a long, grueling day of torture and isolation.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

New IEP goals

I decided that even though Little Squirrel is academically advanced, as long as the school isn't trying to talk me out of the IEP, and seems to think there are still reasonable goals to be met, then I am on board.

Little Squirrel met all of her goals from last year, so now we have new ones.

1. Be able to ask for help with directions on assignments 4 ouf of 6 times
2. Be able to troubleshoot own problems without crying 4 out of 6 times
3. Use Wh- words correctly with correct word order 80% of trials
4. Follow multi-step directions accurately 80% of trials

If I was ever undecided about still needing an IEP, my indecision was lifted after #5.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Random thought: Do-Gooders

Do-Gooders only do good as long as it makes them feel good. Real givers give til it hurts.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Next time it's Halloween

I got a hand me down Halloween outfit (glitter pumpkin shirt/candy corn pants) for next year, and when Little Squirrel said, "but we had Halloween already," I replied, "this is for next time it's Halloween...and you'll be six." Innocent enough right? (Just trying to put some perspective on the time frame, and growing, and bigger sizes, etc) But what Little Squirrel heard was, "next time it's Halloween you'll be six." And the key to this misunderstanding is that to Little Squirrel, "next time" means tomorrow, because she hates the word tomorrow for some reason. So now she's freaking out because she was begging for her bath time and bed so she can wake up and be six tomorrow and in every manner of speaking I can think of, I have told her NO. So now she's pissed tomorrow will not be her birthday and she will not be turning six before Willow after all (the idea of beating Willow to six was very appealing). Even though she's very upset, I think she finally understands. Maybe. But I might have to throw her a birthday party tomorrow anyway, because I give up.

ps. her birthday is in the summer

Hola amigo

Went to the zoo with BFF Willow. Highlights were the seals and the cheetah and when Little Squirrel approached a Hispanic family announcing that they 'say Spanish' and yelling 'hola amigo' at them and then loudly announcing her observation that 'they all have brown skin!', at which point I noticed that EVERYONE around us had brown skin, AND they were ALL staring at us...and then we ran.

The reason this is so ridiculous is because for her whole life Little Squirrel has gone to daycare and preschool with kids and teachers of all colors, many spanish speakers. One of her best friends is half Japanese/black. And it wasn't until that moment at the zoo that she finally noticed her skin was different and decided to comment on it TO EVERYONE.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

ABA covered by Medicaid and other news

I got a postcard in the mail saying that starting January 2013 Washington Medicaid will begin covering ABA services. This is interesting news. But now the trick is finding a place that will actually take Medicaid. ha! I emailed the closest local place to see if they will take Medicaid in 2013. Waiting for a reply. They seem to have a wider philosophy toward therapies, an individualized approach. I think that could be worth a try. All of our OT experiences have been very text book, and Little Squirrel has a lot of gray areas that they couldn't get to. She gets an individualized approach from school due to the IEP, but that's geared toward her behavior AT SCHOOL, and it's her behavior when she's NOT in school that's the bigger issue now. Like what you may ask? Oh let's see, the incessant kissing noise she's been making for months now. Her compulsion to talk to and touch every stranger we see. Her compulsion to kiss strange dogs on the face. Her panic and frantic behavior in all social events involving other children (desperate to participate and frantic to be first, panicked about being left out, etc. which results in shoving, grabbing, playing dictator over all social play to the extent other kids run away, etc), and don't get me started on the irrational fears of food and shadows.

After a few piano lessons Little Squirrel's teacher commented that Little Squirrel shows a gift with music, which is kind of cool to hear since that is always what I have thought.

We ran into Little Squirrel's old teacher from the public school early intervention preschool program, the one whose class Little Squirrel was in for 2 years, the one in charge of Little Squirrel's IEP for the last 2 years, and get this...she couldn't remember Little Squirrel's name! Yep. That happened.