Autism Journey: 9 year old

My 9 year old tends to express his worries about the future. When he was younger, he wouldn’t worry but expressed not wanting to do something. Now the worries can be about about finding a wife, if he will even marry, the job for him, etc. I have to slow him down and remind him he is 9 years old. Often, I have to tell him to think of three things he wants to do for the day. Otherwise, his mind races to the future. I’ve read that this does start happening at this age. But for us, the intensity of the experience is often multiplied. When worry gets the best of him a nice bit of time at the park often helps!

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Houston Animal Shelters

Many people surrender their dogs to the Harris County Animal Shelter. Many don’t know that the dogs who don’t get adopted are put to sleep. Sophy and Emma were both adopted from that shelter. We were lucky to find them online the moment the shelter posted their photos. Since I am a new dog owner, I have learned so many things about animal shelters. First, there are two types of shelters. One is like the Harris County Animal Shelter that puts animals to sleep when there is no one to adopt them. For my younger readers, that means that the animals die, hopefully, in a painless way. There are also NO KILL shelters in the city. Just google them! Between these two types of shelters are everyday people and rescues that try to foster and save the animals to buy time for someone to adopt them, if they are not adopted at the shelters right away. If you ever want to help, look at the videos of shelter animals. If they do not have over 1K views, do your part to share them! It takes about that many views till a foster, rescue, or adopter will step up.

Here is a link to the volunteer run Facebook page of the shelter . Check out their videos of urgent animals and share!

Teaching Your Child How To Read

As a reading teacher for 14 years, it is important to listen to the words your child uses. You can use these words to create custom books. When the child sees you modeling how to write the words he or she has spoken, this will help the child make a connection between reading and writing. So this summer, when you are wanting your child to read books, make sure that you create some books using the child’s words.

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Some blank books that your child will enjoy using.  My first graders loved creating their own books and enjoyed blank paper bound by colored construction paper. You can have a more published look with these blank books!

Father’s Day

For father’s day here are some ideas for the guy in your life who likes working with cars!

Happy Father’s Day!!!

He is also celebrating the big 40 this week!!!! Since he’s so good with cars, he does still own a 2006 BMW!!! Glad to know there are some things online for it lol!