Brian at Vanderbilt

The Spring Break from Hell

It was a ROUGH week!!!!  Molly was sick the entire week before Spring Break and we were planning on driving to Disney World over the break.  I pretty much twisted … Continue Reading →

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Where is Baby Giraffe?

Brian’s attention to detail is OUT OF THIS WORLD!!!!  He scans the environment so quickly with his eyes and can immediately find things that are out of place.  They are … Continue Reading →


Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome and Medication Changes

Brian’s cyclic vomiting syndrome (CVS) was discovered after Brian had been throwing up for over a year.  He would throw up around every 21 days, give or day a few days. … Continue Reading →


Update for the Past Year

It’s been a long time (nearly an entire year!) since I’ve blogged.  So many factors came into play this past year, as well as a fair amount of depression, that … Continue Reading →

Bri was so excited looking at the potty seat box. :)

2 Weeks Shy of 9 Years Old!

I know speaking of potty training your special needs child is often taboo, but I find it cause for CELEBRATION!  I hope Bri reads this blog when he is older … Continue Reading →


The Power of PECS, First:Then and Other AAC

After reading Temple Grandin’s, “Thinking in Pictures,” my eyes and mind were opened up to the idea of visual thinking for those on the spectrum.  I myself have always learned … Continue Reading →

Left to right....1) Shirt he ripped a hole in at school, 2) shirt he took out of his closet, put on and then preceded to shred, 3) shirt he took off the hanger and completed shredded up the entire back.

Shredding, Shredding and More Shredding

My little guy, Bri, LOVES to shred!!  It started with his socks this past year….or maybe last year….it’s all a blur.  He always starts it the exact same way.  He … Continue Reading →


Setting the Table with Visual Help

Operation Independence is under way, and I’m finding different ways to incorporate visuals to help Bri learn some life skills.  I want to give both children jobs to do so … Continue Reading →

Waiting patiently when we first arrived.

OCD triggers and the worst shopping trip EVER

Do you ever have a great idea that totally backfires in your face?!?!  That would have been me, yesterday.  I had such great intentions and was excited about taking Brian, … Continue Reading →

Successfully made it 30 minutes in the car without trying to shred his shirt!

Operation Independence has begun!

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately regarding Bri and his future.  This is a topic that is rarely talked about in my family because I think the thought … Continue Reading →