A new way we are encouraging Ruby’s communication development is through a communication device (AAC). Before I knew much about it, I had thought that oh Ruby has words she doesn’t need that device, or I would rather have her develop her verbal communication than use a device to say her words. I had a lot of preconceived notions about what it meant to have … Continue reading Communication Device
I want to focus on one sensory system today, oral, and talk about chewing. Ruby has always chewed on everything. Really, every small spec that no one else could see she would spot and put in her mouth. She usually didn’t swallow the things she put in her mouth, but in they went. She would chew on stuffed animals (sorry Mr. Fluffy pants her beloved … Continue reading Endless Chewing
Ruby has always been an animal person. There is something about animals that just open her up and help her connect better to the world. I remember when we first started having concern about her development and we were waiting for her early intervention evaluation the intense need to do something for her kicked in and boom we got a bunny. The first time Ruby … Continue reading Ruby and her Puppy
Today I want to talk about visual schedules. I had heard that children with autism liked having routines and knowing what to expect. Ruby had always been a go with the flow kind of kid and didn’t really have melt downs when things were different or changed unexpectedly so I didn’t put much importance on creating one for her. Once I saw how well she … Continue reading Visual Schedule
I wanted to share some thoughts that I had while we decided if we were going to get a diagnosis for Ruby. While we were doing the early intervention program that helped Ruby with occupational therapy (OT) and speech the OT was certain that Ruby had sensory issues, but felt that she was making so much progress that she thought that she may not have … Continue reading Getting Ruby A Diagnosis
When we found out the Ruby had sensory issues, it was overwhelming. I did not understand how she was experiencing the world, her communication was pretty low so I could not ask her. The hardest thing was I did not know what to do to help her. Ruby did not some of the big red flags of sensory processing disorder. She was not sensitive to … Continue reading Sensory Issues, What Can I Do?
So what are sensory issues? This is something that is actually pretty common in children. Two studies found that between 1 in 6 and 1 in 20 children suffer from sensory issues. For children with autism, most of them have some sort of sensory issue, but the majority of children who have sensory issues do not have autism. But what are sensory issues and how … Continue reading What are Sensory Issues?
One of the biggest struggles Ruby has had is her attention, more specifically her joint attention. Joint attention means when your child is sharing interest with an object or activity with another person, they are engaging in something with another person. A child can be really interested in legos and like to build things and have create concentration and attention on the task. That is great, … Continue reading Increasing Attention
Some kids can be very independent, and don’t need to communicate very much to get what they need and want. For children who are behind on their language skills, this can be a problem because they lose out on opportunities to communicate if they are too independent. For example, if they want a drink and it is conveniently left on the counter for them, they … Continue reading Motivating Communication
One of the first signs parents tend to notice signaling there might be something different about their child’s development is speech. There are milestones that children are supposed to reach by certain ages, which are getting pretty detailed. I always feel when I take my children to their pediatrician that I am taking a test. Does your child say two word sentences, do they point to … Continue reading Speech Vs. Communication