Spring Fever (or, Thank Goodness it’s Almost Summer Break)

by Caroline May 15, 2012
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Holy cow. Man alive. Good grief. Great Scott! I cannot believe how out of control Bubbles has been these last few days. It’s like she hasn’t taken her ADHD medicine at all. She is literally bouncing off of the walls. M-bug isn’t quite as hyper, but more excitable than usual. They definitely have spring fever. […]

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Guest Post for Team Extreme!

by Caroline May 1, 2012
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I am so excited to be today’s featured guest blogger at Adventures in Extreme Parenthood! Now I’m officially a member of Team Extreme. My guest post is all about the months-long process to teach M-bug to swallow a pill. Click on the link and go check it out!    

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Life, Unfocused to “IWishIDidn’tHaveAspergers” #AutismPositivity2012

by Caroline April 30, 2012
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A few weeks ago, someone googled “I Wish I Didn’t Have Aspergers.” An autism blogger saw the phrase pop up in a keyword search, and wondered who the person was — wondered if they found what they were looking for. The blogger, along with other autism bloggers, wanted to create a site that contained “support, […]

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Putting Bubbles in a Box

by Caroline April 28, 2012
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Trying to keep bubbles in a box is a ridiculous idea. You just can’t do it. The second they touch the sides of the box, pop! they’re gone, with nothing but a soapy residue left from the explosion. The same thing can be said for my older daughter, whom we affectionately call Bubbles. I see […]

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Learning is Fun … When You Don’t Have to Do It

by Caroline April 20, 2012
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The other day, Bubbles said something that I thought was funny, sad, and profound all rolled into one. She was on her school computer, long after she was done with schoolwork for the day. I went over to see what she was up to, and she was on BrainPOP, learning about plate tectonics (don’t ask […]

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ADHD Makes for a Crazy Morning

by Caroline April 18, 2012
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School mornings can be difficult at the best of times. Even if you have a child who is fairly easy to wake up, like M-bug, every morning has the possibility to turn into a rushed, harried free-for-all. Both from research I’ve done and my own experiences with my girls, I’ve learned that school mornings (any […]

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Therapists, Testing, and Neuropsychologists. Oh, My!

by Caroline April 5, 2012
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These last couple of years have seen a lot of changes for our family. After being a stay-at-home mom for 10 years, I went back to work at my kids’ new school. The school didn’t make it past its first year, and I’m not sure we would have stayed anyway. It wasn’t a good fit […]

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I Don’t Like Living in My House

by Caroline April 3, 2012
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I saw a video last week that talked about how ADHD impairs executive function. According to Dr. Russell Barkley, a leading expert on ADHD, executive function is made up of the cognitive abilities that give us the capacity to plan and carry out sustained activities toward a goal.  ADHD inhibits five of these cognitive abilities, and in […]

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Disappointment

by Caroline March 28, 2012
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Watch out, because here comes Mama Bear. My 11.5 yo. Bubbles came home from her youth service trip last night. I expected a tired but excited girl, eager to tell us everything she’d seen and done. That’s not what I got. I got a subdued, quiet Bubbles, which, let me tell you, is not the norm. […]

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Making Math Fun

by Caroline March 28, 2012
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M-bug still struggles with place value. She often gets her tens and ones mixed up, and numbers with more than one digit in front of the comma stump her. One game that her therapist, Miss Tammy, uses with her at the Idaho Learning Center is called the Math Place Value Game. (I know–pretty predictable.)   […]

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Spring Break Staycation

by Caroline March 26, 2012
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This week is our spring break. Yes, even virtual homeschools have a spring break, and most other regular holidays.  One thing we don’t have is as many teacher-inservice days.  The girls are always a bit bummed when they realize that the kids who go to “regular school” have the day off. We’re not going anywhere […]

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