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Guest Blog: New Season, New Clothes

submitted by lawilcox

In her second guest blog post for us, Stacy Baugh tackles the topic of shopping for new clothes with her precious daughter who lives with Sensory Processing Disorder and Asperger's Syndrome. How many parents out there raising kids with ASD and/or SPD can relate to this?
NEW SEASON, NEW CLOTHES
By Stacy Baugh
Each year I enjoy looking forward to Spring – new leaves on the trees, flowers blooming, weather just right for leaving the windows open. Unfortunately this change of season also brings a need for new clothes for my daughter, Emily. Time to put away the blue jeans & long sleeve shirts and bring out the shorts & t-shirts. Not only that, but it usually means getting an entire wardrobe of brand new clothes since she’s usually grown a couple inches since the previous year. For some people this might be something to look forward to, but for my daughter this twice-a-year excursion is something we dread and try to put off as long as possible.


Team Sports and Asperger’s Syndrome

submitted by lawilcox

Saturday marked Ethan’s first basketball game; in fact, it was his first game (ever) playing cooperatively with a team. Until this year, (Ethan turned 8 last fall), we didn’t feel Ethan had the self-control and intuition to handle a sport which would require cooperating with other kids while working to coordinate his own physical movements. He has participated in individual sports like swimming and Tae Kwon Do, both of which offer great exercise and fantastic opportunities to develop coordinated movements with both sides of his body, but didn’t force him to worry about anyone beyond himself very often.
When Ethan began requesting to play soccer a few months ago, I started looking for appropriate leagues which could effectively incorporate Ethan but at the same time challenge him. Many families living with ASD find success with leagues offering a buddy (like Miracle League or Buddy League) – Ethan just wouldn’t find that challenging at this age. He wants to be like his friends from school and I can’t say I blame him! Actually, I’m glad he wants to do some of the things his friends at school enjoy.


Leaps of Faith

submitted by JoeyBarton

Every so often I manage to step out from under the shroud of autism, look at Mason and see glimpses of a completely typical 6 year old boy. Those times aren’t as often as I’d like and the dark times are pressing. I'm ashamed to admit that Autism has negatively impacted my faith over the course of the last few years
But then Mason restores it in small bits & pieces.


Autism Doesn't Stop Triathlete

Training with his father, 18 year old Robbie Phillips has become an accomplished triathlete. At an early age exercise was a big part of Robbie's therapies. Working with his Adaptive P.E. teachers he learned to ride a bike after his father had given up trying to teach him. Having already successfully participated in 5K races at age 8, he graduated to the pool to learn to swim, and then improved his ability to ride the bike and has now competed in over 30 triathlons.

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Wed, 07/29/2009 - 10:26

For Some, Swimming Provides Outlet

The Washington Post has a great article today detailing the benefits of swimming. The article spotlights 13 year old Justin Etherton and his success in the local swim league available to area youth. The league is not tailored for special needs children, but that hasn't stopped Justin. He may not be as fast as the other swimmers, but he enjoys himself just as much as they do.

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Tue, 07/21/2009 - 13:17

Swim Lesson #3

submitted by JoeyBarton

Mason has a fear of water.
We've been partially thankful for this for a long time. It does make summertime water activities a bit more of a challenge. We never have had to worry about Mason wandering off and heading for a body of water. It simply wasn't in him. It took an act of Congress just to get him into the baby pool. With his anxiety around it, getting him in the water is much like getting my wife on turbulent flight.
Since he's 6 now, we decided it was high time we enrolled him in some sort of lessons and help him overcome, or manage, his fear of water.


Day at the Pool

submitted by MattUsey

Allergies have been killing my girls for the past few days. We had an entire Sunday afternoon to fill up, though. Hmm, what to do. It had to be indoors, it should hopefully provide exercise, and it had to be cheap (or better yet free). I may not have mentioned that last (cheap) part, though those who know me should take that as a given. I had a brief daydream (aka unreachable fantasy) of sitting in a comfortable chair and reading while the girls played games on the floor, periodically pausing to run over to me and give me a hug and tell me how much they love me.


Clay Marzo: Just Add Water

Already debuting on the East and West coasts a documentary about Clay Marzo, whom many tout to be the next great professional surfer. Clay was diagnosed in December 2007 with Asperger's Syndrome and the movie, which will soon be released on DVD as well, details his life with his talent and his diagnosis.

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Wed, 08/13/2008 - 10:09

Fun at the Lake

submitted by MattUsey

We went with some friends to their lake house for Independence Day. (Yes, I’m a little behind in my blogging…) Thankfully, it was not a Joey-style July 4th.


The Weekend

submitted by KentPotter

Angie is in Houston this weekend assisting her mom as she recovers from a half knee replacement. I'm not really sure whether that means that they left the other half of the knee on the operating table and sent her home partially fixed up or if that just means only half needed to be replaced. Either way...it sounds very painful and is a difficult recovery. Our good friend Mr. A had a full knee replacement 5 weeks ago but instead of replacing half...the doctors made it a whole and were kind enough to toss in some additional work.


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