AutismMomToronto@autismmomtoronto

I’m a mom in Toronto 🇨🇦 documenting our journey with Autism. Alexander is a 2 year old joy! Learning & loving the best I can. #autismmomtoronto

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AutismMomToronto

In a trapper hat and water wings [which he put on] ready to “go swimming” and build a “sandcastle” [his words]. 🤔😜


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Experimenting with cookie making today. What better activity than one that results in cookies! Besides wanting to eat the raw-dough-cookie, which is to be expected, I give this activity 💯% !


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We officially have snow in Toronto! Let the fun begin! #snow #sensoryfun #torontoliving


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“Pepperoni pizza please” - We love that he has been making requests for his favourite food and drink items (e.g., orange juice and crackers). Most times he is prompted by seeing the actual item (or it’s storage location) or by hearing it’s name. On this day he requested pizza upon seeing the storefront during our drive home; and, as we often do when he communicates clear and direct requests, I went with his flow. Here he is content with his decision. Next step: making more spontaneous-type requests...an “I’m hungry” would be amazing! #socialcommunication #makingrequests #autismlife #goodmanners


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We saw a few additional stages of play today! From #parallelplay to some #associativeplay with glimmers of #socialplay ! It was a pretty great day! 🙌 #learningtoplay #autismsiblings #autismplay #buildingblocks


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From smiles to tears at the home improvement store last night. In retrospect there were many triggers to why Alexander had the meltdown: he was recovering from a week-long illness, it was the end of a busy week, he was tired, he wanted the car shopping cart to himself, he wanted his mommy to himself, he wanted to sit in his sister’s car seat, etc. All I know is that I felt helpless: he was screaming in tears and flailing everywhere. Using every strategy I could think of, I still couldn’t manage to buckle him into the car seat so we could get home. Catherine, too, was now very upset and crying, “trying to look away” (her words). We eventually got home safely and I shed a few of my own tears. Now, I’m reflecting on how I could have better handled everything. #autismlife #autismmomlife #autismmeltdown #momtruth #autismunderstanding


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I love it so much that he is choosing to engage in activities or initiate interactions as of late. Earlier this evening he brought over some play dough and asked me to “Play dough. Open this one”. 🤩Here he joins in as his sister is warms up for her daily piano practice. Oh, the power of music - it leads him to be social and to communicate. 👍 #socialcommunication #autismlife #autismsiblingsrock (or samba) #kidsdanceparty


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Haircut - Before, During and After. Overall, things went better than expected, especially given Alexander had a meltdown the last time he heard hair clippers from afar. Tonight, though, Alexander managed to get through the cut, clippers and all. 🙌 Jessica, the wonderful stylist, allowed me to hold him close and show him nursery rhyme videos on my phone while she efficiently and gently cut his hair. It was also a bonus that all this took place in my gracious cousin’s living room, who, in addition to providing access to playmates and toys, also provided Smarties at a very critical time. #ittakesavillage #haircut #autismlife #sensoryoverload #autismawareness #autismspectrum


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Walk-in Clinic Doctors seem to constantly question Alexander’s autism diagnosis. In the past, I’ve had doctors tell me he ‘doesn’t look autistic’. One (lovely) doctor actually brushed it away with a wave of his hand. I responded, ‘well, he is’. Today, it was because he was ‘well-mannered’ and ‘made eye-contact’. I responded, ‘he has a wonderful disposition’. Although I have not been offended, I think about how much misinformation exists regarding autism, even in the medical community. I will admit that it was his affectionate ways that also kept us from taking the leap from our early diagnosis of “different” to “autism”. However, we appreciate, more than ever, that every child is truly unique. We simply need to be kind and understanding and see the gifts each child possesses. #actuallyautistic #kindnessmatters #seethepossibilities #differencesarebeautiful #autismawareness #autismacceptance


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He’s a ray of sunshine even when he’s ill. #ilovethisface


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Alexander is motoring around in the (now) early hours of the morning thanks to #daylightsavingstimeends Parents, like me, enjoy trying to plan out bedtimes and wake times... tomorrow will be fun 😩 #sleeproutines


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