Scientists Identify Potential Biomarker to Help Diagnose Autism

Hmm, is this the same test we did years ago through the “quack” lab?  I have to go look that up…

http://www.washington.edu/news/articles/scientists-identify-potential-biomarker-to-help-diagnose-autism

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Ronan Art of the Day

My boo is doing some really cool digital art lately…

He entitled this “Squeaky Ball”

He’s cool.

The Ronan of the Day

Ronan James nursed forever. In fact, so long that Mama was able to give speech lessons using this incredible motivator!

“I want boobies, what?”

“I want boobies, pweese!”

He has never lost the love for the boob.

When The Loudon was born, Ronan looked on longingly as he nursed, but since Ro was done, he settled for a “reach in and grab a handful” approach.

Ever since, we have had an almost daily discussion on “privates” and what is appropriate touching or not.

He is very sneaky about it now, and it’s turned into a seemingly harmless hand or finger graze across the chest area!! lol

Mama doesn’t want to make too big a deal of it, because I don’t want him to get some sort of “boob aversion.”  I can just imagine that this would turn him into that pervy groping kid from Jr. High School that you avoided with all of your might, because he just couldn’t control himself around the melons that have been suddenly popping up everywhere!!

So, when he grabbed a handful the other day, Mama did the “privates talk” walk through.

Ro really pondered it for a bit, then he said wistfully…

“Mom.  When I grow up, I’m going to touch my wife’s boobs EVERY day.”

 

 

Watch out chesty ladies!  Here he comes!

Puberty is approaching.  And he’s a boob man.

AUTISM – ARE YOU VERBAL?

For years, we tossed around the word Autism.

 It didn’t fit, it fit, it labeled him, it didn’t, we cared, we didn’t.

We used to look at the faces that stared while he screamed.

We don’t even notice now.

AUTISM.

It was a word that held such power.

Now…it’s just a word…

And Ronan James is just fabulous.

How do you talk about autism?

GOT TANTRUMS? GET GORILLA NEST!

Tantrums are one of the harder aspects to deal with when it comes to most spectrum kids.  At least in this Mama’s opinion.

You can read, research, practice, etc., etc., but when a big one really hits (literally – hee hee), it can be very hard to access all of what you’ve learned – much like the processing of our kiddos!

After a particularly rough tantrum recently, Mama had tried all of the usuals, and they weren’t working.  I had an idea!  I love when that happens!  When you are just at the end of your rope with nowhere to go – poof, out of sky this remarkable idea falls.  This makes Mami very happy.

Anyway, have you ever seen a gorilla nest?  I know more about them than I need to, thanks to my little animal-loving friend    🙂

Gorillas build a nest in the trees, and then they retire to it about a 1/2 hour before the sun sets.  It looks so comforting, relaxing and enveloping – ooh, very beneficial for someone who is spiraling out of control!  lol

I stopped in the middle of my “breathe” “drink water” “sit with me and calm down” routine, and I just DUMPED a butt load of beanie babies onto my thrashing boy!

He stopped and looked at me curiously, like “what the hell is this lunatic doing to me?”  Then…he smiled.

I got the big quilt.  I threw that on top of him, and then I dumped another bucket of the beanies.  Next, I surrounded him with about 20 pillows, and then I packed on more weight with another bucket of the babies.

“I’m making you a gorilla nest,”  I declared.

“A calm down nest,”  he said, finally relaxed and satisfied.

He climbed out to give me a kiss, and then he buried himself back in.  He poked his head out and stared at me in relief for a minute.

I got it, and he was so grateful.

Nothing else in life compares to that feeling.

**Autism Awareness of the Day!**

My Facebook status at the moment…

Robyn Rodriguez Gillis **Autism Awareness of the Day** A child that seems like he/she is misbehaving in public may have a neurological condition or developmental challenges that are causing them to behave that way. Their parent/s won’t like it if you take it upon yourself to discipline said “misbehaving child” – just an FYI dedicated to the woman who told my Ro to “knock it the hell off” when he screamed in frustration in Target today.

Sigh…

We went to Target today.  Really, I shouldn’t have brought Ro out when he was feeling sick, but we needed water, and his Dad was away, so I had no choice but to bring him with me to get it.

He loves to ride in the cart (the big part), so I helped him climb in, and then I helped him climb out at the toy section.  I told him that if he wanted to get back in, he had to stay in, because he’s 80 lbs. now, and it’s really hard to help him in and out of the carriage!  lol

Two minutes later, he saw something he wanted to look at out of the cart.  When he asked me if he could get out again, I said no. Being Ro, and being Ro sick, he screamed in protest  “AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!”

There was a woman beside us.  She leaned into his face, and without giving me a chance to properly correct my own son, she YELLED, “KNOCK IT THE HELL OFF!”

Hmm.  Ohhh…this is not a good way to approach Mama  or her babies today.  Lots going on, patience hanging on by a thread… Mama doesn’t play this.

However, I have The Loudon with me, so my first response is…”Don’t you EVER speak that way to my child! I’m his mother and I will discipline him!”

This trick has the gall to say, “Well, please do!”

And again, Mama didn’t play that.

Mama YELLED for everyone in Target to hear, “HE HAS AUTISM LADY!!! IT’S A NEUROLOGICAL CONDITION – LOOK IT UP!!! AND EVERYDAY HE STRUGGLES LIKE YOU CAN’T IMAGINE TO NOT SCREAM WHEN HE IS UPSET!!! DON’T YOU EVER SPEAK THAT WAY TO MY, OR ANY OTHER CHILD AGAIN!!!”

And she shut her yap.

Then, I almost passed out with high blood pressure and rage.

Oy, time for a glass of wine.

p.s.  My status had about 20 responses with offers to bitch-slap, shove hangers up asses and to “take down that bitch.”  I love my girls. 🙂

WHAT DO YOU LIKE?

Ro loves this game, and I love playing it with him!  SO amazing to hear what is flying around in that fantastic brain!

Ro:  Mom, what do you like best about yourself?

Mama:  Do you mean how I look or how I am?

Ro:  How you are.

Mama:  I like that I can love a lot.  What do you like best about yourself Ro?

Ro:  I like that I’m nice…and I like my hair.

LOL!!! I’m so in love with him.

I never imagined that we would see the day when Ro was asking and answering such abstract questions.  It’s enough to make a Mama cry like a whiny Caillou!!!

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