Our son might have Cerebral Palsy but that sure doesn't stop him from exploring the world around him, and one of the things he wanted to do this summer was learn how to swim. Cerebral palsy is a neurological disorder of the brain that affects basic motor functions such as movement of the limbs, speech and muscle coordination... Trace has been a water baby … [Read more...] about Swimming is Great for Kids with Cerebral Palsy
It's been a few months now since we got the news that our six year old son has early onset bipolar disorder and sensory disorder. I still can't believe it sometimes. And, then other times I look at him and I see what is there, right in front of me. Everything I had to deal with growing up but without the omission of something being wrong. Still as a mother I do not … [Read more...] about How to Deal With Your Child’s Diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder
It's been two weeks since Trace was first diagnosed with bipolar disorder and sensory disorder. He's only six. And, if there is one thing I have learned... it's that nothing gets easier. Life just goes on. Through all the tears I weep (daily) and battling my own bipolar disorder which is much more under control than my child's. Things have been difficult. But there is … [Read more...] about A day in the life of a bipolar child
So it’s been a couple days since we got the diagnosis that our son does not have Asperger’s but early onset bipolar disorder, and things are now settling down. The crying is done. The grieving for our son not having to go through a life of depression, the sadness and guilt that fled in that it was my fault I gave this to my precious angel. It’s all over … said with … [Read more...] about We Have a Child With Bipolar Disorder
Today was the day. Today we found out the final results from the Asperger’s Assessment done on Trace over the past four days. Two years in waiting. Two years in wondering, if everything Child Development and doctors said were true. That indeed our son has Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of autism. We got in to meet the specialist five minutes late. My heart was … [Read more...] about Asperger’s Assessment Day Four
You know when I got married, there are just things I never thought I’d ever say to my husband. And yet, somehow, when I’m not looking. There they are. Things I find myself saying and thinking… “God did I just say that?” I wasn’t feeling good last night at all. Yesterday was Trace’s second Asperger’s assessment. And, although it went well, it was very long. 2 1/2 hours of … [Read more...] about Asperger’s Assessment Day Two
Today was a long day. We went into Langley to see the PED’s specialist, Dr. Bamber for the first part of Trace’s Asperger’s assessment, which was just tons of fun. Trace was in rare form, bored out of his tree and making us all aware of it as the doctor asked him what kinds of things he liked doing in school. He told her video games, the DSi and the iPhone and his … [Read more...] about Asperger’s Assessment Day One
I've been completely emotional all week, very stressed out and worried, not sleeping at night and any sleep I do get... I'm not sleeping well. The documents came in the mail just over a week ago now. I haven't opened them yet, knowing what's inside. We've been waiting a long time to get them. Too long now, and I know I should feel excited, even relieved a little. But I … [Read more...] about Does my Son Have Asperger’s?
It never fails. Like clockwork, our morning routine is always the same. We get up and our oldest son is already walking out the door. It takes us fifteen minutes to get monkey out of bed. Right off the bat there is confrontation and nasty words spilled. "Leave me alone. Don't touch me. Go away. I hate you. Get away from me!" shouted loudly with slurs of him becoming … [Read more...] about Aspergers and Kids Good at School Bad at Home
It's a question I get asked often when people discover our son Trace has what I like to call "special abilities". Nobody knows and there are tons of misconceptions about the disorder. Is it a disorder? Is it a true disability? Some people even misconstrue Asperger's as a disease, so I wanted to clarify a few things. There is a debate about Asperger's and whether or not it … [Read more...] about Just what is Asperger’s disorder?
As a mom of a boy with "special abilities" I like to call them (Cerebral Palsy and Asperger's) one thing many people do not talk about is the link between incontinence and disabilities and how to help or what to do in order to make your child feel better about themselves. Trace is five years old now. He will be starting kindergarten in September (BIG FEARS FOR ME) because we … [Read more...] about Incontinence and Cerebral Palsy
No mother that I know of likes to see her child in pain. In fact it creates this sick feeling deep inside of us that kinda makes you want to vomit. Like when your kid goes missing after being out of your site for 30 seconds and you get that rush of fear that creeps the bile up to the tip of your tongue. Trace has been in so much pain lately that it scares me and … [Read more...] about Cerebral Palsy and Pain Management
Being a special needs mother isn't easy, but I wouldn't have it any other way. I hate the word disability and prefer to say special abilities for my son. Yet when I came to the point where I was starting my son in preschool, something in me broke open. He started preschool on Monday. I have to take him tomorrow even though I don't want to. I mean I know deep down … [Read more...] about My bipolar child is growing up so fast