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Separation Anxiety

Tearful, tantrum-filled goodbyes are common during a child’s earliest years. Around the first birthday, many kids develop separation anxiety, getting upset when a parent tries to leave them with someone else. Though separation anxiety is a perfectly normal part of childhood development, it can be unsettling. https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/sep-anxiety.html Separation anxiety rears its head most often at […]

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My Kidneys Ate my Quads: My Battle with Rhabdomyolysis

I finally did it. I knew my husband would still be home before leaving for work in the early morning hours, so I slept in my workout gear and woke up bright and early on a Monday morning to attend my very first spin class at the local gym. I wasn’t too nervous, as I […]

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Sensory Storms

When the Clouds Get Heavy My son (diagnosed with ASD/SPD) had quite an “episode” in church today. No, this isn’t the first time this has happened or the first public place this has happened, but today it was just harder. Today was harder because it’s been an emotionally draining month thus far, especially this last […]

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Welcome to the Jungle

It’s been a while! My last post was more on the informative side of things. Therefore, I think it’s time for a more personal update. On that note, Augustus is absolutely THRIVING right now. It’s more than amazing. He is doing things we didn’t know if he’d ever do. One of his therapists even commented […]

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ABA Therapy

Applied Behavior Analysis What is it? A therapy with a scientific approach to understanding and improving or changing behaviors. AKA Change the environment to change the behavior. Wait… What is behavior? Seems simple enough, but before I go on, let me first express that often the word behavior is associated with “bad behavior”, but there […]

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To the Lady in Perkins that will “Always Give her Opinion”

This isn’t an autism issue, this is a people issue. I ask that the next time you see an obviously flustered person trying to calm their young child that you choose kindness or better yet to keep your opinion to yourself! Your “opinion” only made a small anthill of a situation into a mountain.

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Celebrating Easter

Sleep Deprivation, Tears, Itchy Dresses, Bread Thievery, and Blood.

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Herding Ducks

This one is about me. This one goes deep. Blogging is my therapy.

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A Day in the Life: Therapy & Haircuts

It’s been a while since I have had a chance to write a blog post. I decided to make it a priority today. I will start off with one of my “A Day in the Life” segments. I find these most informative, as they often answer a lot of questions I wouldn’t otherwise think to […]

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LifeScape MallWalk25

Augustus the Great was our team name for the LifeScape MallWalk at the Empire Mall in Sioux Falls, SD. Our fundraising goal was $500, and we smashed that goal bringing in a total of $1175! That wouldn’t have been possible without the love and support of our family and friends. We couldn’t have done it […]