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By Judy Blake on 6/27/2011 12:51 PM
In Ryan's world, they sure do.  They must match perfectly from top to bottom.  In my opinion, if both socks are white and being covered by long pants and shoes - does the part near the toe have to match as well?
By Judy Blake on 6/23/2011 3:55 PM
I really like the class Ryan is enrolled in and am so happy I found out about it!  In addition to the weekly class, the group met on a Saturday to volunteer at the Houston Food Bank.  It was a great experience and while Ryan sees me volunteering, I'm thrilled that he did the same.  ANY child can volunteer and I am happy they did this as a group.

I had to laugh because the kids actually made the choice of what they wanted to do as a group.  The choice was to sort medical supplies or the food bank.  Ryan chose the food bank because he was afraid he would be poked by a needle doing the other project.  I had to explain that this would not happen because the needles would be securely wrapped as would all of the other supplies.  But Ryan was not convinced and chose the sorting of food products instead.
By Judy Blake on 6/19/2011 10:38 AM
Father's Day!  That wonderful day when we appreciate our fathers and the card companies make a fortune.  It's not that I'm cheap.  But I struggle terribly paying $3.99 for a card that will be thrown away.  The card may have this beautiful poem, colorful decorations, and glitter.  But that is just too much for me to spend.  I opt for the $1.99 cards and believe it gets the message across just the same.
By Judy Blake on 6/14/2011 7:05 PM
Yes, chewing on shirts.  This is nothing new in our world and probably isn't a shock to other parents of special needs kids.  Anxiety manifests itself in different ways and with Ryan, he paces back and forth, washes his hands, has vocal tics, and chews on shirt collars.
By Judy Blake on 6/11/2011 4:47 PM
It never ceases to amaze me how people on the spectrum interpret and make sense of their surroundings. 

We have a Chik-fil-a in our neighborhood.  For those of you who don't know what Chik-fil-a is, it is a fast food restaurant but a REALLY great one!  Wonderful chicken sandwiches and waffle fries!  The location in our neighborhood is always busy.  It's unreal.
By Judy Blake on 6/9/2011 11:13 AM
In addition to the social skills program offered by our school district, I've also enrolled Ryan in a weekly class.  The lady who organizes the program is terrific, Wendy Dawson.  Her website is  To me, Ryan could never receive enough help in the social skills department.  The more teachers he is exposed to in a controlled setting, the better off he will be.  Sure, parents can go overboard but I don't think I fall into this category.
By Judy Blake on 6/7/2011 10:01 PM
I am so blessed that the Houston school district offers a summer program that works on social skills, grooming and appropriate behavior.  With all the countless hours I have worked on this with Ryan, you would never know that I've even emphasized the importance of these skills. 

When I introduced him to one of the teachers, she smiled and said "It's so nice to meet you!"  Ryan's response, "Okay". And that was it.
By Judy Blake on 6/3/2011 12:17 PM
Joy!  I picked up Ryan at 10am today - out for the summer.  Like any kid, he was beaming.  To celebrate, you can predict what he asked for.  Fast food.  Yep, McDonald's it was.
By Judy Blake on 5/30/2011 7:48 PM
Gosh - you would never know that I went to school and even graduated college.  I swear Ryan's material seems so much harder than what I remember.

By Judy Blake on 5/28/2011 10:06 AM
I can't begin to tell you how much I have worked on impulse control with Ryan.  Since he was a toddler, I've pointed out appropriate behaviors and constantly worked with him in hopes of helping him.  Has there been progress?  Absolutely.  But there are those moments of regression and it's difficult to handle.

I know that it isn't the end of the world and I try to keep these things in perspective.  We were at a popular restaurant where you order at the counter and then the waiter brings your food to the table.  I had been to this place a couple of times before but it had been so long, I didn't remember the details of their menu.  Ryan had never been there before but I assured him they had bbq sauce.
What a great summer!
Many thanks to Outback Steakhouse!!!!!
There are those moments in life.....
Another field trip made possible....
The chicken sandwich tragedy....
Name that teacher.....
How empathetic would you be?
Going home already?
Not bashful this time - make yourself at home....
Adopting??? What do you mean???
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