What Autism Looks Like in Our Home

What Autism Looks Like in Our HomeOur son was diagnosed with Mild Autism in the Fall of 2015. Well, his psychiatrist diagnosed him in spring of the same year, but he did not have an official diagnosis until our son had an ADOS (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule) completed. It basically means he was observed by 2 therapists (occupational and speech) for about 2 hours, while they engaged him in different types of play. He had no idea he was being “observed” and we were right there in the room with him. His psychiatrist read the results of their report and he was then given his official diagnosis.

Autism is such a broad disorder. It’s actually called Autism Spectrum Disorder. There are specific symptoms listed on the Autism Spectrum, and depending on your child’s symptoms depends on how his autism is labeled. At least that is my view of how the medical and psychiatric community sees it.

As far as I know, there is no cure for autism. Oh I’ve read different articles stating, “My son has been cured of autism, by following A, B, C, and so on”. This usually follows some sort of specific diet. And hats off to you if that was happened to your child. In fact, Hallelujah!! And I mean that. Because there are so many parents out there who have tried A, B, and C and still are just as lost as when they started out. Read More

Living With Real Joy on “Mamalode”!


Today I’m happy to share with you my featured article on “Mamalode” – 5 Reasons Occupational Therapists are Awesome.

April’s theme for Mamalode is “SUPPORT”, and I can honestly tell you, our occupational therapists at our local hospital have given us tons of support when it comes to our Little Man. They’ve given us different tools to try at home, suggestions for calming strategies, his sensory issues, and even for his picky eating behaviors. Besides our psychiatrist, they have been the most helpful for our entire family.

Hats off to Occupational Therapists!! You do so much more than you realize and I want to say “Thank You!”

Join me tomorrow for an update on my “I’m Not Stressed!!!” article, where I’ll be sharing what stresses me out and what helps me mellow out.

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Friday Favorites: Your ADDitude

FF- Your ADDitudeToday’s “Friday Favorite” comes to you from my all-time favorite ADHD resource, ADDitude Magazine. We discovered this (actually my husband did) shortly after our daughter was diagnosed. It’s chock full of resources and real-life stories that I have referred to over and over and over again. So I’d like to share a few of my favorites with you today. All of these can be found on Pinterest at Samantha @ Living With Real Joy.

I Love You. You Drive Me Crazy. Let’s Work On It.

Being married to an ADHD spouse definitely has its challenges. I love this article because the author is so honest about the realities of being married to an ADHD spouse and herself being a non-ADHD spouse. Just as much as I think what my husband does sometimes is wackadoodle, he also thinks the same about me and my OCD tendencies. Read More

Living With Siblings With Special Needs

Living With Siblings

Our Ladybug is the only one in our home who does not take medication on a regular basis. It’s difficult for her to live with her 2 siblings, Goosey Girl and the Little Man, who have both been diagnosed with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) and ODD (Oppositional Defiant Disorder).

Last week was especially terrible. I’m not sure what caused to be especially horrible, but most every morning and evening was unbearable. I found myself wanting to stay at work because I figured it would be quieter there than in my own home.

My husband and I feel bad for our daughter, who I know feels outnumbered at times. She doesn’t understand why we discipline the other two differently, and why they appear to get away with a lot more than she does. We’ve tried to explain to all of our children we discipline each of them differently because they are all different people. But as a child I completely understand how she sees it the way she does. Read More