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How Our Autistic Son Finally Learned to Ride a Bike

iCan Shine bike camp

It's as easy as riding a bike. To our family, that was one of the dumbest sayings ever.  Riding a bike was as far from easy as was possible.  While Eric and I, of course, knew how to ride bikes, we had three kids who couldn't ride two wheelers. Finally, a couple of years ago, it clicked for both of the younger kids and they were off riding.  This left Noah, our son with high functioning … [Read more...]

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Benefits of Homeschooling a Child with Autism


Some people begin homeschooling out of a desire to raise their children in religious environment.  Some begin homeschooling because of concerns for their child's safety.  Of course, there are about as many reasons as there are homeschoolers. One of our first reasons for considering homeschooling was the belief that it might be the best environment for our son with Asperger's Syndrome (a form of … [Read more...]

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The Sacrament of Reconciliation for People with Autism (and Other Special Needs)

Adaptive Reconciliation Kit

Last year, I was very pleased to be able to share with you about the wonderful Adaptive First Eucharist Kit from Loyola Press.  Not only do I love the excitement of First Communion, but being the Mom of a child with Asperger's Syndrome, I can understand the worries that come with having your child special needs working on these important sacraments. Going perfectly hand-in-hand with the … [Read more...]

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Multiplying and Dividing Fractions { Joie de Vivre no. 2 }

a joy of living: multiplying and dividing fractions

I love Noah, but sitting with him while he works on math can be painful.  I don't know if it's the Autism, the ADHD, or just a lack of ever really internalizing all of those basic math facts that a person should, but it takes him a long time to do math.  To his credit, he scores well in the end, but it takes a long time. Our most frequent math nemesis for a while now has been making … [Read more...]

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How Do You Find the Time? And Other Questions I Am Asked.


I'm excited about the list this week, but it was a hard one to come up with.  I even needed to send out text messages to family (and post on Facebook) for ideas.  Sometimes, it's just hard to remember what people ask me. So, now that I have ten questions compiled, I'm sharing ten questions that I get asked, as well as the answers to those questions. Ten Things I am Frequently Asked About 1. … [Read more...]

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Why Eclectic Homeschooling Works for My Son with Autism

Why Eclectic Homeschooling Works for My Child with Autism

I have often longed to be able to attach myself to a certain curriculum supplier.  To me, it just sounds more decisive to be able to say something like, "We use Sonlight" than to say, "Oh, we use a little bit of this and a little bit of that.  Whatever strikes our fancy."  Alas, picking one set curriculum is just not how I roll. Today, I thought I would look at the reasons that being an … [Read more...]

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10 Things We Did To Encourage a Struggling Reader

Struggling reader, reluctant reader, whatever you call it -- Noah (who has Asperger's Syndrome) definitely had an extremely difficult time reading when he was younger.  When he left school after second grade, they told me that he was just barely at grade level.  Of course, what this meant is that he was just barely at a second grade level when he was at the end of second grade. Even once he … [Read more...]

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First Communion Preparation for Kids with Autism (and Other Special Needs)

Adaptive First Communion Preparation Kit for Children with Special Needs

----- I was recently contacted by Loyola Press to review the First Communion kit that they have available - Adaptive First Eucharist Preparation Kit (which has a subtitle of: For Children with Autism and Other Special Needs). The people at Loyola Press had read about my own personal experience with having a child with Autism making his First Holy Communion, and they knew it held a special place … [Read more...]

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Assessing Your Child’s Knowledge, Not Their Writing Skills


As a blogger, I'm obviously a big fan of writing.  It is something that I have enjoyed my whole life.  When I was a kid, I enjoyed writing stories, I always had lots of pen pals, and as I got older, I was always one of those students that had a hard time staying within the page limits of an assignment.  I can't help it -- I just love to write. Writing is one of those things that I hoped my kids … [Read more...]

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Buy an eBook at 50% off and Help Noah Get a Bike


I have shared before that our oldest son (who just turned 11!) has Asperger's Sydrome (a high functioning form of Autism).  This has meant that a lot of things in our lives haven't been exactly how we thought they would be.  However, it has also meant that we have had a child who is this amazing kid that we couldn't imagine life without. Last year, Eric and I got the bikes we got in college … [Read more...]