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Today, my doctor thoroughly entertained me. She asked me, “Are you planning on getting pregnant soon?” I thought she was joking, but I guess it’s a valid question at the age of 26. I seriously laughed out loud. My answer to that question was, “Ummmm, how soon is soon?” “Soon”, in my opinion, can mean next month, next year, or in ten years. It’s all relative, right?!
After visiting the doctor, I had lunch with my friend, Stephanie. It was good to catch up with her because I hadn’t seen her in a while.
Later that afternoon, I took the furkids to a dog park in Santa Clara. We had never been to that one before, so Maui and Hilo were definitely excited to explore new territory.
Maui and Hilo just melt my heart. They are so gentle, incredibly sweet, and well-behaved. I know that I say that all the time, but if you have ever met them, then you’d agree with me. Everyone that has ever met them can’t get enough of them because of their loving personalities. I’m truly blessed to have them as pets.
On a completely different note, I wanted to share some recent projects.
Did you know that I’m a big fan of the sketches over at Sketchy Thursdays?! I played with the latest sketch:
I didn’t just create one, but I created TWO! Why?! Well, because I’m teaching a class over at Memories Live On that teaches beginner scrapbookers how to use a sketch. I tried to keep them fairly “simple” because this is set up for a beginner’s class. ((Sorry for the unclear photos.))
Fairly “simple”? Or too detailed? What do you think? Personally, I think it’ll be a fun class! I’ll let everyone in on the details as soon as possible.
I’ll be back soon with projects to share.
It’s time for another blog hop, but this one is being hosted by the gals over at Ideas for Scrapbookers. Each contributing artist was asked to share information about autism on their blog.
- If you have been hopping along from blog to blog, then you probably just visited Dolores’ blog where she shared information about how autism is diagnosed.
- If you have just joined the hop, you can get a list of all the participating artists here.
I’m going to be sharing information about medical issues that relate to autism.
Often times an Autism Spectrum Disorder is not the only diagnosis for children and adults on the spectrum. There are often other psychological, physical, and medical diagnoses that accompany it. Here’s some of the more common physical and medical issues that a person with autism may experience:
Seizure Disorder, also called Epilepsy, occurs in as many as 39% of people with autism. It is more common in children who also have cognitive deficits than those without.
A small number of children with autism may also have an identifiable neurogenetic condition such as Fragile X Syndrome, Angelman’s Syndrome, a neurocutaneous disorder called Tuberous Sclerosis, Chromosome 15 Duplication Syndrome or another chromosomal abnormality.
Many parents report gastrointestinal (GI) problems in their children with autism. The exact number of children with both gastrointestinal issues such as gastritis, chronic constipation, colitis, celiac disease and esophagitis and autism is unknown. Surveys have suggested that between 46 and 85% of children with autism have problems such as chronic constipation or diarrhea.
Sleep problems are common in children and adolescents with autism. Having a child with sleep problems can affect the whole family. It can also have an impact on the ability of a child to learn and benefit from therapy. Sometimes sleep issues may be caused by medical issues such as obstructive sleep apnea or gastroesophageal reflux and addressing the medical issues may solve the problem. In other cases, when there is no medical cause, sleep issues may be managed with behavioral interventions including “sleep-hygiene” measures such as limiting the amount of sleep during the day, and establishing regular bedtime routines.
Sensory Integration Dysfunction
This is very common. Many children and adults with autism experience unusual responses to sensory stimuli, or input. These responses are due to difficulty in processing and integrating sensory information. Vision, hearing, touch, smell, taste, the sense of movement (vestibular system), and the sense of position can all be affected. This means that while information is sensed normally, it may be perceived much differently. Sometimes stimuli that seem “normal” to others can be experienced as painful, unpleasant or confusing by the child with Sensory Integration Dysfunction (SID), the clinical term for this characteristic. This can involve hypersensitivity or hyposensitivity. An example of hypersensitivity would be the inability to tolerate wearing clothing, being touched, or being in a room with normal lighting. Hyposensitivity might be apparent in a child’s increased tolerance of pain or a constant need for sensory stimulation, like a child that wants to be on the swings for hours. Treatment for Sensory Integration Dysfunction is usually addressed with occupational therapy and/or sensory integration therapy.
Pica is an eating disorder involving eating things that are not food. Children between 18 and 24 months old often eat non food items, but this is typically a normal part of development. Some children with autism and other developmental disabilities persist beyond the developmentally typical time frame and continue to eat items such as dirt, clay, chalk or paint chips. Children showing signs of persistent mouthing of fingers or objects, including toys, should be tested for elevated blood levels of lead, especially if there is a known potential for environmental exposure to lead.
To learn more, please visit Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation.
Next stop on the blog hop is Susan who will be sharing information about the treatment of autism.
….but before you head to the next blog, leave a comment to this post for a chance to win a RAK from yours truly. You have until Tuesday, April 27th by 11:59 pm.
Aside from the blog hop, I wanted to recap my wonderful weekend. It was definitely one of the best weekends I’ve had in a long time. The weather was warm, and it was so laid back.
Maui and Hilo surely enjoyed the warm weather because they spent the weekend out and about. We took them to Ed Levin County Dog Park, and they LOVED it. To make it even better, the park was filled with other Miniature Schnauzers!
This weekend, we also went on a picnic. Instead of trying to fight for a parking space at the park, we decided to have our own little private picnic in the backyard! It sure beat having to look for a picnic space on a crowded lawn. Besides, it was easy to pack up the picnic blanket, food, and water, hehe.
Laying the blanket out on the lawn and enjoying the warm weather and fresh air was definitely a great idea! Besides, it was free. You can’t beat that, right?! Staring up into the sky to look at clouds, doing cartwheels in the grass, and trying to catch ladybugs reminded me of my childhood. Stuff like that always makes me smile. …and because the weather was warm, we brought out the dog pool!
Weekends like this remind me of how awesome life really is. Instead of going out to shop, watching TV, or spending time on the computer, spend a little quality time doing something as simple as taking a blanket out to your backyard. I promise that you will feel better after doing it; I know that I did.
If you frequently stop by to read my blog, you must know by now that I’m a dog mommy. I’ve got two furkids that are crazy and aggravating oh-so-adorable. When times were rough last year, they managed to get me to smile every now and then, which really helped. Even though I can’t communicate “thank you” via barks and woofs to them, I let them know by being the best “Mommy” I can be.
Yesterday, I took the annoying cute little furballs to the dog park. How can I not spoil them when they give me faces like these?!
One night, Gloria and I annoyed played hide and seek with Maui and Hilo. They ran out of the room, and Gloria quickly tucked herself under a blanket. When they saw a big lump of blanket on the couch, they must have been thinking, “We’re not dumb! Hello?! We know you’re under there!” I captured it on video.
Aren’t they weird precious?! If that didn’t put a smile on your face, then I don’t know what will. …maybe a mini album I created this week?!
Now, I’m off to visit the local plant nursery to pick up some vegetables and flowers for the garden. I have to support our local businesses. Besides, I love going there; it’s like walking through a botanical garden.
I can’t wait to get down and dirty in the garden. Oh, the joys of springtime!
Nan, our wonderful DT leader over at Zutter, cracks me up! I had such a blast working with her at CHA. She’s SUPER sweet, and she’s creative too, hehe. Anyway, she sent over some FUN news that I wanted to pass on to everyone. (Note: You need to be a member of the Zutter Zisters forum to play.)
A message to all members of Zutter Zisters
Just for the members and before the main blog giveaway….come check out the video of the Hang-it-All make ‘n take from Winter CHA. Leave a comment on the thread and win one of 5 of the MnT kits!
The kits contain 3 pieces of 3X4 Zutter Clipboard Wood (we pre-punched the holes for the Hang-it-Alls), 3 3X4 pieces of new assorted paper from Donna Salazar Designs and enough Hang-it-Alls and rivets to assemble the pieces. You finish it off with your own photos and finishing touch embellishments.
We draw names on March 1….can’t wait to see what you think of the new Hang-it-Alls!
As a matter of fact, I helped Nan kit up these giveaways for everyone! Here’s a preview to what is up for grabs:
Head on over to the Zutter Zisters forum for your chance to win these supplies to make your very own project from CHA.
…and for your weekend viewing pleasure, I thought I would share a recent video of the dogs at the dog park. Hilo is the little brown and white spotted freak trying to get the Cocker Spaniel to play with him.
Cute, don’t you think?!
Hilo is such a sweetheart. He wants everyone and everything to be his friend, and I love him to pieces. Okay, I just had to put that out there because people always think I favor Maui.
Where we live, people are so fond of their dogs. Fond enough to have a dog birthday party at the dog park. Bella, a golden retriever turned six on Saturday, and her owner “hosted” a party for all of the dogs by handing out her homemade treats. On top of that, Santa came to pay all the good lil doggies a visit. To cut things short, let’s just say that Maui and Hilo had a blast this weekend.
On another note, I have drawn names for winners to the giveaways! There are three winners, so if your name is below, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll get some goodies out to you.
What a neat layout. The way you used the ribbon is so clever. Hope you feel better soon!
Comment by Kristin December 14, 2009 @ 11:11 am
I love your blog!! I just found it earlier this week. From where you ask? Your guess is as good as mine! LOL I’m sure I saw a creation of yours, clicked on it and now follow you! I don’t have a blog myself but do belong to Cafemom and will post your blog there for everyone to look at…I belong to 4 different scrapping groups on CM.
Comment by Jennifer December 17, 2009 @ 8:19 am
Wow — you are quite the rak giver, aren’t you?!? =D I found your blog through scrapbook.com. You’re both generous and talented!
Comment by Krystle December 18, 2009 @ 8:50 am
Is everyone ready for Christmas?! Only a few more days left!
Hope everyone has a great week!