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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Grocery Shopping with Autism: Walk in S.M.A.A.R.T.Mom’s Shoes

S.M.A.A.R.T. Mom:
Strong Mothers Altering Autism’s Reality Together
“Mothers Coming Together to Think Outside the Box of Autism Behaviors”
“Grocery Shopping with Autism: Come & Walk in S.M.A.A.R.T.Mom’s Shoes”
Thanks for joining me for a video that I am finally able to mend together. This Video “Time”Out” was initially created in Jan of 2011, however, even though my Dustin (autistic) has just recently turned 20 yrs old presently, I still use the chart to help get me through those dreaded grocery stores with My Dustin🙂
Jan.1, 2011: “I know I’m late getting this out to all of you Strong and Creative Moms; but unfortunately Boo bear has had some issues with ear infections again. But on the other hand I’ve finally found success in the Toilet Training area. No Dustin isn’t fully potty trained. I know most people just assume at 14 yrs old; he is. Well “P” came at the age of 7yrs. old. But the other……well like I said; “I’m 14yrs OVER it!” (LOL) Anyway, if you want to find out how I managed that one….you’ll have to come back and see me for January’s Mommy Time-Out. But for now here’s video where seeing is believing ;watch how S.M.A.A.R.T. Mom gets through the grocery store with Dustin having NO Melt-Downs AND still is able to get everything on her grocery list. Hope this helps you has much has it has helped us.”
Take Care.
                                                        (Click to Watch Video)

Saturday, July 9, 2016

An Autism 2016' 4th of July with S.M.A.A.R.T.Mom!

"Trying to Get Through Another Year"
by, S.M.A.A.R.T.Mom
(Strong Mothers Altering Autism's Reality Together)
Sorry for the delay  Happy 4th of July ! It's 2016'
Well here we go trying to get our Dustin once again to come outside to watch the Fireworks , which we are calling Disney Lights , so that it doesn't seem so scary to Dustin. 
With most individuals who have autism, this holiday is far from exciting. It can be scary, upsetting, and cause a lot of anxiety. This is just one of the things on top of venturing in to public places that we've tried to help Dustin either over come or tolerate. He's come a long way from staying in his room hiding under his blankets while holding me and shaking to "Today" , where Dustin willingly goes outside and watches the display from inside our vehicle.
What may be baby steps to some of you , I rather consider them to be huge stepping stones to a much braver Dustin. As a mother , it has taken me about 15 years before I could actually watch the fireworks myself, rather than comforting my Dustin and missing every year's light show. So , if you are one of those Parents who missed the Lights this year because of those Autism Fears/Melt-Downs.....
This Video is especially for you! Here's to YOU , Your Brave son/daughter, and to a better 4th of July next year. Be patient, it'll come  We don't always have a good turn-out ourselves with Dustin who is 20yrs old this August. But, we will continue to "Try" and Always remain Hopeful. BIG HUGS! ‪#‎SMAARTMom‬ ‪#‎AutismWelcomedDecal‬

                                      (Click on the Photo to Watch the Video)