My Autistic Child loves the S word

My daughter has always had a hard time with speech. She didn’t say words till she was two and those were very basic like water or grapes. When she turned three she started to use 2-3 words in a row like I want water. At the ripe age of four she truly over came so many speech obstacles. With A LOT of speech therapy it is truly amazing to see how far she has come.

We noticed her vocabulary growing as she started watch YouTube videos. She knew how to use and control YouTube and I loved the independence it gave her. She was able to tell me  all the names of each My Little Pony, she would point and say look Mommy its Pikachu when we were at the store. She knows all the characters in Minecraft, It was amazing! We were over joyed by her knowledge and memory. Little did I know even with parental controls YouTube doesn’t consider “shit” a curse word so to my surprise my daughter dropped something on the floor and said “shit”! I thought it was a fluke but as days passed I notice I say the word shit, my husband says shit and  because we live in Los Angeles we have terrible road rage and when we’re mad at another driver we yell shit. So I guess I cant blame YouTube for her increase in using the word shit. Everyone always tells you, ignore it when they curse because the bigger deal you make of it the more they’ll say it. So as Elsa has taught me, I let it go. We were at Denny’s and she was playing Cut the Rope on my phone and she messed something up on the level and she said “SHIT!” I looked at my husband and we did everything we could to not laugh at this adorable toddler saying the S word but I thought about it, each time she says “shit” she uses it appropriately. She doesn’t say it for laughs or out of the blue. So who am I to get mad at her? I’m happy she’s talking, I’m happy she’s using it in a sentence correctly. Of course I wish it was a different word but I’m really proud that she is getting her point across. It wasn’t that long ago she would constantly scream and cry because we had no idea what she wanted. I warned school that the S word is now floating around in her vocabulary and she has yet to use it there but its a matter of time.

 

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She was showing me her owie, I swear!

 

 

 

My little growing family

As you know I took an unexpected break from my blog, another reason I took a break is because we found out I’m pregnant! I’m currently 13 weeks and I’m exhausted! I found out I was pregnant at 8 weeks and immediately scheduled my first ultrasound. I had to take my daughter with us because we didn’t want to tell family and we would have to of said something in order for someone to watch her. Lets just say, she was a handful during the entire appointment! Using gloves and turning them into balloons and constantly running in and out of the ultrasound room. Our ultrasound technician did what she normally does, she moved the wand around and said looks good looks good. She had a very thick accent. She said something to me and I asked her to repeat what she said at least four times before she showed me the monitor and said ” you have two! you have twins!” I looked at my husband and all we could do was laugh. We saw both heart beats and both tiny baby’s. We waited till the week of Christmas to announce to Facebook and other social media but we told our immediate family at Thanksgiving.  Out social media announcement is below.

The first couple of weeks were hard. I was tired and nauseous all the time. No matter how much sleep I got, I always needed more which is not something I experienced the first time around. Now I know it’s because I’m carrying TWO! Hopefully soon we will find out genders. I’ll keep you posted!

 

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It’s been a while

Apologizes that I have disappeared from the face of the planet but I’ve been going through a lot. My daughter turned 4, so I got very busy planning her birthday party. We found out we were moving so trying to find a perfect school for our Autistic child was no easy feat. Trying to find a place to live in a city I’ve never really been to, then Halloween crept up, Thanksgiving and now Christmas. I didn’t even decorate much for those holidays because I was unpacking, cleaning, trying to keep my child entertained while she wasn’t in school.

The worst part of my move was trying to get my daughter enrolled in elementary school! I thought I was being a great planner I called schools in the district that I knew we were moving into at least two and a half months in advance, We found the school she was supposed to go to and all we needed was proof of our address I sent them her IEP TWO MONTHS before we were scheduled to move. One week before the movers were scheduled I get a call from the school saying oh sorry, we wont be the school she will be attending because of her age. The school she was supposed to go to was a transitional kindergarten (very similar to what she was already in) they tell me she has to go to pre school, which is not offered at that school, so I had to start all..over..again… It took a MONTH before she went to school. They told me they needed ORIGINAL paperwork from her other school for her IEP paperwork which took weeks, we also had to wait for the psychologist to read the paper work which took another couple of weeks and finally we had to wait for the psychologist to be available to meet my daughter. In the end so far we are very pleased with her school. She is in a small class room size for 5 kids and also interacts with most kids that a Neurotypical and is flourishing.

Long story short, I’m back and will be sharing in detail what I have been up to. Again I’m sorry I disappeared but I’m back baby!!

Funnel Cakes Galor!

One of my foodie guilty pleasure is funnel cake! I’m a sucker for funnel cake, I love them with strawberries, powdered sugar or boysenberry jam. Did you know that Disneyland has delicious funnel cake? Located at The Hungry Bear restaurant near Splash Mountain is where they are hidden. They have seasonal funnel cake flavors and right now they have peach cobbler and churro! So delicious! I highly recommend trying them when you’re there next!! One of the best parts of the funnel cake is the whip cream! It’s not overly sweet and they’re definitely generous with their portions. Best part is your annual pass discount applies! Have you tried them yet?

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Top 5 Sensory Activities at Disneyland & California Adventure

If your child is anything like mine your child has an unlimited amount of energy and can’t sit still for a minute! She also has sensory issues, she always craving more. She is constantly seeking more thrills. Walking inside Disneyland and California Adventure should be enough right? WRONG! That’s just a walk in a park for my child ( get it???) the list below guarantee my child will sleep all through the night.

1. Goofy’s Playhouse- Located inside Disneyland

This place is great for both parents and kids. On the outside of the house there’s a lot of climbing and area to run around. It has a small slide and shaded seats for parents. Inside there’s a piano that plays silly noises, a goofy sofa and cute goofy family portraits.

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2. Tarzan Treehouse- Located Disneyland

The tree house is a great place to let out energy! This place has a lot of stairs and bridges and beautiful views of Adventureland once you get to the top

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3. Redwood Creek Challenge Trail- Located in California Adventure

This place is a hidden gem within California Adventure! It is huge! Taken from the Disneyland website activities include:

  • Practice the art of traverse climbing on the Cliff Hanger Traverse Rock Climb.
  • Glide down a natural rock slide.
  • Play with the Boulder Bears—rock formations that “bear” a striking resemblance to grizzly bear cubs.
  • Climb up a trio of wooden lookout towers featuring authentic ranger gear, rope bridges and hidden surprises.
  • Practice your park ranger skills as you slide down a tire suspended from a cable on the Sequoia Smokejumpers Training Tower.
  • Walk through Big Sir—a towering 35-foot-tall redwood stump.
  • Inspect a cross-section from the Millennium Tree and examine growth rings dating back 1,000 years.

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4. Animation Building- Located in California Adventure

This is one of my favorite area’s of both parks, this place has benches, air conditioning and a large space for my child to run around! Siting in here is beautiful. Stunning images from your favorite Disney movies are projected onto the walls with music from the film.

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5. Princess Dot’s Puddle Park- Located inside It’s a Bugs life in California Adventure

My Daughter loves the puddle park, it’s a great place for her to cool down and run around. Water squirts up from the ground in random places.

One of the best parts of the puddle park is the two convenient changing rooms/ family bathrooms. You take take your family in there to dry off and use the potty.

 

 

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Tips & Tricks for Disneyland’s Disability Pass

The best part of the disability pass is the fact you don’t have to wait in line. Sounds easy right? Well for the most part it is and Disney makes sure to help you any way they can. When got the pass they gave me this awesome booklet (pictured below) . Inside the booklet they go over each ride inside both California Adventure and Disneyland and describe attraction details in case you have someone that is sensitive to sound or light or if you have someone that doesn’t like to get wet, this booklet includes all those and more! I recommend that if your in the park or sign up for the disability pass ask for a booklet if they don’t give you one. In order to use the pass you might find a cast member located at a guest services podium. It’s very easy, just walk up and ask for a return ride for a specific ride. They will then scan your passes and tell you the time to return. Tip: Download the Disneyland app, it not only gives you wait times for rides but it also show’s where to find the nearest guest services to get a return time for rides. Finding the disability entrance may not always be easy, don’t hesitate to ask a cast member at any entrance to a ride also ask where the nearest exit is, a lot of the time my child has a melt down walking through the lines at Star Tours so I have to quickly get her out of there.

 

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Happy Birthday Disneyland

As a child Disneyland has always been a place of happiness for me. Walt created Disneyland as a place that is both educational and fun. He said it best with his opening day speech “To all who come to this happy place; welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past…and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams and the hard facts that have created America…with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world.

I’m proud that my parents love all things Disney, I love all things Disney and now my child does. There is no better feeling then the butterflies  if my tummy when I walk into Disneyland. Getting married at Disneyland has always been a dream of mine that I never thought was possible but thanks to my prince charming he made it a reality and we got married on May 16, 2016.

Disneyland will always hold a special place in my heart because it’s where I got married but it also helped with my daughter open up. My daughter never really explored her surroundings and has trouble interacting with others. One day while we were at Disneyland we were eating breakfast at the Plaza Inn (for those who don’t know its a restaurant that has character dinning. ) my daughter saw Dale from across the restaurant, I wasn’t sure what her reaction was going to be since most kids are afraid of the giant heads. She slowly got closer to him and from the corner of his eye Dale seemed to catch of glimpse of Sophia Rose getting closer to him. He quickly turned around and hid behind the counter, Sophia Rose laughed so hard! She ran to where he was hiding and pointed at him and laughed. Being a mom with a child with Autism you appreciate the small things, you don’t take anything they do that “normal” kids have no problem doing for granted. So in that moment, she was interacting!! She’d point and laugh and look at her Dad and myself as if she was saying ” do you see this guy? He’s Hilarious!”. Disneyland has really helped my daughter feel safe and its a place where she can be herself. Everyone loves her sense of wonderment. She recently started to communicate with words, her vocabulary has really exploded so when she finds the words to say something, she says is with such excitement because most of the times it’s the first time she’s saying what’s coming out of her mouth.

Whats your favorite Disneyland memory?

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