18. Singing lessons? Martial Art? 2015

Hello again, I have been trying to think about “what can my son do with this extroadinary gift he has?

I thought “Well, you certainly get the Autism melt down cry going so can we train your voice into it sounding actually pleasant?” The Autism cry is shrill and kind of like the effect of a mosquito buzzing around your ears when you are really tired and trying to sleep. Raising your panic/stress levels.  Singing Lessons only lasted 3 times but Brian Gilbertson, Opera singer taught DS1 how to feel the sound of his own voice by laying on the wooden floor and humming which is a self soothing technique to remember.

We started learning Piano together so DS1 would strengthen/use his hands. When we play  I was hoping DS1 could feel the vibration of the piano strings resounding in the Piano.

I thought “Well, if you must do repetitive actions as a means of self soothing well then lets start Martial Arts, Karate Jitzu. Lets practice your Kata’s every day, lets do it together. This worked for 7 months and then DS1 is on a break from Karate. I am hoping that DS1 and DS2 will start back at Karate this term.

 

 

17. #Ipadparentalcontrols and #Dailychores 2015

I’m so happy, I went to SERU, the Special  Education Resource Unit. I was shown how to put limits of time on the IPAD. I’ve put parental time controls on iPads and computer and my DS1 knows that he must do chores to earn rewards so he just mowed my Lawn which is excellent for his upper body strength, sense of self satisfaction, also strengthening his hands. Way to go DS1. All good for executive functioning. Mowing the lawn is good, relaxing, chop wood, get on the rowing machine, repetitive movements using energy and build strength.

 

 

 

16. 3rd Pregnancy #Miracle Baby Jack 2011

#Atopic Exzema and #Crusty Scalp?

It’s hard work trying to get pregnant and its hard work after they are born. 23.4.2011 Jack is born and I am delighted, I know abit more about babies. Right from the very start of my son’s life he cryed and cryed signalling some sort of distress. My goodness sometimes he was like a little red beetroot.

His skin was so itchy, he scratched all the time. He scratched his face ripping his skin, it would get infected with a bacteria and then anti-biotics were needed from the Dr to control this. my husband and I were tired. I was afraid that my baby would scratch himself so severely. I remembered one time in my own childhood, that my mother  and grandmother used to bind my hands when I had chicken Pox so I would not scratch. So in desperation I bandaged Jack’s hands , and lovingly put mittens on his hands, so he could not scratch. It was not until another mother said, that it looked like Eczema that I knew I had to do something about it.

I called the hospital everyday to try to get an appointment to see the specialist. My son had skin prick tests and more tests and I got creams and lotions. I stopped drinking cow’s milk so it would not come through my milk, I started to drink Soy milk. Jack drinks soy milk to this day. The hospital Dr said that by bandaging him for 20 minutes a day in wet cloth so the moisture would absorb in the skin would be a good method, so we lovingly did this. I can remember my baby sitting with my all in cloth, he looked like a little mummy.

Jack was born and did not grow hair for the whole of the first year. What happened instead is that  hard scabs would grow on his head which his father and I peeled off in the bath every day. It was visibly distressing to look at. I had never seen it before and didn’t know that babies had these sort of reactions but with abit of research I understood it was the bodies protective mechanisms trying to cope with this  skin condition. So while we were wary of Cortizone prescribed by the Dr  when as parents, we were at the end of our tether, and we didn’t know what to do, we asked the Dr and applied the prescription. None of the natural remedies seemed to control the discomfort of the itchy eczema skin  fast enough.

Gradually over the years the itchy skin has got less and less.  He was waking up  between 3-5 times a night with angry dry skin. My friend, Michelle Tyson from SEED Skincare suggested that I use Avocado oil and Macadamia oil which has the Omega 3 fatty Acid in it that seems to be what my son’s skin needs because he has been sleeping. It’s fantastic.

I first used straight cold pressed extra virgin Avocado oil bought from the Grocery store which I love, but it does have a tendency to sit on the skin and take a while to absorb so it can get on your clothes and linen, which means it stains. Working it into a lotion may be preferable for some.

 

 

14. “No, I don’t want to take my shoes off!” and Sensory Processing Issues

My son went in for his annual assessment wit Occupational Therapist and would not take his shoes off when asked to do some standing/balancing tasks! He said he did not feel comfortable to do it so …. He was not pushed to do so and that means???… he was trying to manipulate me (his mother) to buying him an x-box . I won’t buy an X-box. I sold the last one as I thought my son was getting too anxious using it.

I thought the X-box and  computer  raise his anxiety level and he is acting out  content seen on the X-box.  The $400-$600 X-box is not worth it! I remember from times past having to ask him over and over again to turn the computer or x-box off! “Just one more minute!” he would say. There is only so many times you want to say that to your son.