Medical / Therapies

A View in the Mirror : Why I Don’t Light it Up Blue, But it’s Cool if You Do

First of all, let me say, I have two ends of the spectrum living in my home.  For personal and privacy reasons I do not share my older son's issues, challenges and struggles as an aspie. He is grown today, has friends and a career, so marking him, just isn't cool.  I'll be happy to answer any question about him in a private email.  When [...]

Planning "Sensory-Friendly" Family Time That Everyone Will Enjoy

The first thing you should do when planning quality, sensory-friendly family time is to make a list of the various types of entertainment that your family will enjoy doing together such as games, movies and family outings. Only include activities that everyone in the family will participate in. The easiest way to do this is to have each family member make their own list of [...]

When You Need Rainbows and Unicorns

It has been a hard couple of months. My daughter got disappointing results on the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test, despite having been in occupational therapy for four years. According to her most recent scope, she probably has some other food allergies lurking, causing reactions in her GI tract. We're having to go through medical review again so she can continue her immunoglobulin replacement therapy for [...]

Sudden Death Due To Epilepsy

November is Epilepsy Awareness Month. We will be hosting a month long campaign that will provide valuable information, facts, resources about Epilepsy, and what you can do to not only manage the day to day living with epilepsy but also become a voice to be heard. A crucial important fact regarding epilepsy that needs to be heard is Sudden Death Due to Epilepsy (SUDEP). [...]

By | 2014-11-01T10:00:37+00:00 November 1st, 2014|Categories: Epilepsy, Medical / Therapies|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

There's No Place Like Camp, Especially #Autism "Camp C.A.N.O.E."

Almost four years ago, our family found out there was an Open House for a new Autism camp coming to the Oklahoma City area. We excitedly packed our children into our vehicle and drove the thirty minutes away to check it out. The new Autism camp was going to be hosted by and held at CampFire Heart of Oklahoma located close to my hometown. When [...]

The Truth About April and Autism Awareness – My Experience

Autism Awareness Month….The month to share experiences and resources for those living with or hoping to learn more about autism, or the month for those in the autism community to fight over organizations, events, word choices, and a lot of other “stuff?” I don’t doubt that every fight that is occurring on Facebook pages, Twitter posts, or blog comment sections starts from a genuine place.  [...]

Easter Help in a Allergy World

I see a Robin, I see butter cups, I see Easter baskets in the grocery stores.  NO!  Nothing strikes terror in a Mom's heart as quickly as realizing another holiday with candy is upon us.  If your child has dietary restriction or you choose to avoid certain additives in foods, you know what a battle it is when little Johnny Jumper gets sent home from [...]

Who They Might Have Been: Understanding What 1 in 68 Really Means

We all knew the rate of autism was climbing, as it has been from the beginning.  What is frustrating is that a local news station would rather run a last minute segment on how to get ready for bikini season than to interview a gifted autism advocate a autism Mom, speaker, writer and long standing member of the autism community raising awareness and understanding of [...]

By | 2014-04-07T09:00:06+00:00 April 7th, 2014|Categories: Autism / Asperger’s|Tags: , , , , |13 Comments

Purple Day is a Day to Support Those Living with Epilepsy

Purple day is a day that is celebrated around the world to help focus and bring awareness for those who suffer from epilepsy and seizures. This day is celebrated every year on March 26th. It is an international grassroots effort dedicated to increasing awareness about epilepsy worldwide. We celebrate this day in the hopes that people will come to understand the seriousness of this disorder, but [...]

Making the Decision to Homeschool

Like I mentioned in my previous post about virtual schools, it just wasn’t an option that was ever on our radar.  My husband and I both work full time and neither of us had any significant challenges in the public school system so we just assumed that our kids would attend as well.  Ah the assumptions we make before we become special needs parents… My [...]

Two Generation of Autism – Similarities and Differences

Someone once asked me to define the similarities and differences between the Hubs and our 7yo. On the surface, the differences are huge- due to the fact that one has 25+ years of trying to fit in socially and being (seriously. lack of better term) beaten into social submission. So I wrote a ginormous list, but only chose a few to share with you since [...]

Choosing What's Best, Not What's Easy

My daughter is an artist. She pairs clothing based on rules I can’t discern, garnering compliments from style-savvy people. She makes jewelry and crafts out of tidbits she finds―pebbles, old pencils, buttons, bolts, those little plastic pom-pom streamers from a child’s bicycle handle―things others overlook as trash. Last summer, as she prepared to go to middle school, I wanted to honor the art in her, [...]

An Interview with a Parent Navigating Two Generations of Autism

If you missed last month’s post in this series, you can click here, or join me for a short recap: • An Interview with a parent navigating Two Generations of Autism, Michelle Christiansen. So, what’s like living with two generations of Autism? Um… it’s not easy, that’s for sure. But it’s our life. Slowly, gradually, we’ve adjusted and it seems like we’re constantly adjusting, but [...]

Forgive My Memory Loss – Advocating for Myself… This Time

Every year, around the beginning of November, the angst starts. We start getting more bills. We start thinking about the holidays, the expense of the holidays, the appointments we should hurry and schedule while our deductible is met. The multitude of errands, daily living, cranky kids, agitation of the kids because vacation is so near, yet so far.  And every year, I celebrate this by [...]

By | 2014-01-17T09:00:34+00:00 January 17th, 2014|Categories: Memory Loss|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

Special Emergency Weather Preparedness

In our house, we have to prepare in a lot of special ways for certain circumstances.  Serious weather and natural disasters are just one of the things we have to be ready for and prepare for the unexpected. It can be very difficult to predict how our oldest daughter will react to some situations. D is six years old and she is our special child. [...]

Looking Back Looking Forward…Which One Is Easier?

We all know how fast time seems to fly.  You hear it all the time, “It seems like only yesterday our daughter was born.”  Or  “Wow, has it really been that long since we have seen each other?” “It seems like it was just last week.” Time can seem to fly when we are having a great time, or it can seem to drag when [...]

By | 2014-01-10T09:00:41+00:00 January 10th, 2014|Categories: Sensory Processing Disorder|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

How Can We Be Jolly – A Family vs A Residential Treatment Facility

Everywhere we look, there are reminders that this is the season.  The season to be jolly.  The season of good cheer and hope. I blog regularly over at my site  For some readers, what I am about to say may not make a lot of sense.  I recommend you review the above site. :)  Yes a bit of shameless self-promotion.  I hope my editor [...]

The Great Marijuana Debate

Some say it should be legalized. Some say it should remain illegal. Some say it has ruined lives. Some say it has saved lives. It’s the great debate.  What I speak of, is marijuana. For as long as I can remember, marijuana has been a drug that has always been linked with trouble. Gangs and fights. Arrests and a road to a dead end. For [...]

By | 2013-12-09T09:00:35+00:00 December 9th, 2013|Categories: Medical / Therapies, Therapies|Tags: , , , , |5 Comments

Two Generations of Autism – The Beginning

The Beginning of a new Writing Series on Special Happens.... I am Michelle. I started blogging with Special Happens as a form of therapy for myself-discovering how to cope and raise a child on the autism spectrum.  I believe in sharing stories, circumstances and how we handled them with each other-because we all have something to learn from each other. I also believe that no [...]

The Black and White of Recommended Age and Autism

Recommended Age. You know the phrase--it is located prominently on the front of every single toy that you consider purchasing for your child.  You know the label--the one that triggers flashbacks to every developmental report you have received from the psychiatrist, school IEP team, the pediatrician, etc. You know the reports--the ones that give developmental age versus your child’s biological age.  And then you know [...]

By | 2013-12-02T09:00:48+00:00 December 2nd, 2013|Categories: Autism / Asperger’s|Tags: , , |0 Comments
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