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Lost Cherry

24 Feb



Clean up crew.



Found it.

It had rolled under the butcher block and defrosted.

A wonderful opportunity to put these toy vehicles to work.

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You might have an Aspie kid…. (Holiday Edition)

30 Nov

(Kiddo's First Christmas, 2003)

Some of the top signs you might have an Aspie kid in the family (holiday edition):
1. You know that a label maker will be his prized Christmas gift

2. He really wants Santa to bring him a fax machine and a land line

3. An AC Adapter for one of his gadgets is an ideal stocking stuffer

4. He is furious on Christmas morning because he thinks his dad ate the cookies.

5. He tries to spin every gift he opens

6. He tries to open his presents while covering his ears (because crumpling, ripping paper is too much stimulation for him) at the same time.

7. You do all of your shopping online because malls are sensory overload even at 9am on a weekday in the off-season

8. You get to skip the line to see Santa because your kid is too freaked out or just not interested.

9. Grandma Got Run-over By A Reindeer sends child into hysterics and calls must be made to verify health of all grandmothers

10. You frisk every piece of mail for musical greeting cards to disarm them before your child gets home from school. The risk of losing your last marble are very real as if he likes it he will open it repeatedly-only playing the first 5 notes and then he will close it and open it again and again and again until the battery runs out and then there will be a sizable meltdown and a trip to the market for more batteries and smaller tools and wasn’t the idea to skip stores completely during the holiday rush?

11. Your child’s amazon.com wishlist has a lengthy warning note about all of the above to warn well-meaning relatives so everyone can have a Merry Christmas! You ask for additional quantities of Junior’s favorite toy, for emergencies.

12. There is a good chance you won’t have to pay exorbitant prices on the “must-have” toy of the season, but you will spend weeks searching for a special interest related item that your child doesn’t already have. (my kid has a toilet shaped crumb vacuum from the UK. He has moved on since then but we could probably open a museum dedicated to plumbing themed novelties.

13. You wonder if there is a way to harness the energy expended by hand flapping and stimming. The holidays alone could power a small city.

14. You realize your child who won’t eat anything chewy or soft will eat pretty much anything in candy cane or cookie form. Google “broccoli cookies” and “no red dye all natural fruit flavored high fiber whole grain vitamin minerals protein candy canes” (found organic ones, by the way… beet root coloring!)

15. You plan your holiday baking less around gift-able treats and more around the occupational therapy benefits.

16. You are reminded, in all of the inevitable chaos, that you are luckier than most because you get to experience that Christmas morning thrill all year round as you rediscover the world with your awesome Aspie kid.

(here’s a link to yourlittleprofessor.com’s guide to gifts for kids with Asperger’s- it’s a “getting to know your Aspie” sort of an exercise for those who could use some insight into special interests and gift giving)

Spin!

20 Sep

Ultimate Spin top

Originally uploaded by CleverGirlBek

Gyrobix

I think this is the new favorite in our home…It takes the whole spin top thing to another level…I also think boyo’s OT is going to love this when we show it to her… Works all sorts of systems and it is fun… We are all entranced by this!  Thanks Grandma Julie!  

CleverGirl and the Destruction of the Toy.

23 Jan

This post may be in multiple fonts.  I’m having a technologically moronic day. It happens on occasion….

 

Anyway, here we go…

 

Boy was given a fabulous electronic horn/kazoo hybrid by his uncle for Christmas. And it broke within a couple of days after arriving.  So I emailed the company…. Anyone who knows Alex knows that music is his life.  Ok, it’s a young life, but every day is filled with music- either his appreciation of (and trying to educate me on the finer points of Bach, Beethoven, and my favorite, Dan Zanes) or performing as he follows me around the house or plays along with his favorites… I’ve always dreamed of having my own Pips to follow me around and back me up in everyday situations… For now I have my own personal wandering minstrel, which is a fine, strong start. 

 

So Boy has been pretty distressed about the demise of this most curious instrument….

 

Anyway, finally received an email back with instructions on how to obtain a replacement…. 

 

“If the unit is no longer working. The unit need tobe deliberately destroyed. Showing proof that the unit is no longer workingby via e-mail.” So we have to destroy the toy (referred to here as unit) DELIBERATELY and show proof.  Maybe I’m reading it in the wrong tone- because the toy is already broken, just not visibly (the sound doesn’t work…not really going to show up in the photo and I don’t have the technology here to do the whole youtube thing with this….)… But I feel like I have a mission.  I feel like I have been given the ultimate challenge.  I feel like I should call up the boys from Mythbusters to have a go at this because they have some really cool toys of their own that could take out this Kazoozamaphone or whatever the heck it is called….  Of course, being a goofball with the heart of a prankster who happens to love photography this has my brain swarming with possibilities…. I’ll post the photos here once the job is done. Gotta go drink some coffee and survey my instruments of toy destruction. (of course this destruction must be completed, photographed, and disposed of while boy is at school…. there wouldn’t be enough hours of therapy in the world to help him if he saw what we have to do to his innocent toy.)  (note: despite mentioning it was a gift in my emails they require, if a toy can’t be returned to the place of purchase, a sales receipt- which I do not have because that’s traditionally not how the whole “sending a gift to the nephew who is 4 and like pretty much everything” thing works…. Still waiting to hear back on that)   *hugs*CleverGirl  

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