Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Indiana's Special Education Rules-- In Plain Language

This is a great resource for families. It outlines the rules for special education in Indiana, but in language that is understandable and not legalese.  :)

Monday, April 27, 2015


Hayden's behavior report today:
"Very distracted during small groups. He was worried about how he was going to attend 2 different birthday parties that he was invited to."

Friday, April 10, 2015

Friday Good Things

Good Things Today:

1. Sitting at Hayden's 4-5 hour psychology evaluation in Carmel. He is working hard and doing so well that she said he will be out an hour earlier than expected.  Go Team Hayden!

In my mixed-up over-busy way, I had in my mind that the appointment was at 11. I woke up at 8. The appointment was at 9. We were only 5 minutes late. Go me! ‪#‎WalkingYardSale‬
Did I remember to brush my teeth today? Today's Friday, right? 

2.  Due Process is final and good things should be coming for Mr. Hayden in the new school year in August.

Kids with special needs have a right to go to school and be educated. They have a right to be treated with kindness.

I am not going away. Hayden deserves better than what this year has been. He has a right to it, in fact.

Autism Is Treatable.

Don't Mess With Me, I'm an Autism Mom. 

Where's the Coffee??  Is it nap time yet?

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Friday, April 3, 2015

Hayden's Page for Kids

I started this page 5 or 6 years ago for my screen-loving guy when he was just starting to learn to use the mouse.  I tried to find things that would be educational, related to the arts, his favorite things (robots), or just for fun. Some links have questionable games (zombies on Mini Clip) so you still need to monitor and set rules.  Hayden knows I don't like shooting games, for example.  

His YouTube favorites could also lead one astray, as is the nature of YouTube, so they must also be monitored.  Hayden is actually not allowed to watch YouTube at the moment, as a consequence for a behavior.

I need to add new games for older kids, but he still loves it and has learned to type in the sites he wants, so he no longer needs this page as much. 

If you have a little one, check it out!  

 Hayden's Page

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Lab Results

To show that there are medical issues underlying childhood disorders: 

Hayden's Lab Results 4/2015  (Some of the comments from his MAPS doctor):

His vitamin A is slightly low, vitamin D is very low and cholesterol is low. Taurine can help with fat absorption, so it might help with the cholesterol. It may improve his mood overall to have a higher cholesterol. It also may make calmer, as one needs cholesterol to make the stress hormones. If he is swallowing pills, he also likely would do well with phosphatidylcholine. We carry a relatively inexpensive one from Thorne or you can order it online. Give him one twice a day.

Rylie's Lab Results 4/2015:  

Her zinc is a little low. Vitamin A and D could both be better. Please double her cod liver oil. Also increase her vitamin D to 5000 international units a day for now. You may want to add an extra 20 mg of zinc for now as well.

Coming soon;  We sent in genetic testing for all members of the family.  This will help us even further to zero in on what's going on in each of us. The next step for me will be to research all the metabolic pathways that accompany our gene mutations, and how to support them with Biomed. This is called nutrigenomics.  Yay for learning new things to help our family!