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Every day more and more children in South Africa are born with Autism.



Cullen was born 15 September 2006...



Children with Autism dont show emotion, dont make eye contact, dont play, dont interact, often have problems with Speech and fine motor control...



Cullen continues to challenge himself and conquer all of this...



The Challenge - SPEECH and FINE MOTOR CO-ORDINATION, MORE PLAY, MORE INTERACTION...







Follow our journey, our challenge, our triumph, our lives...



Monday, 19 December 2011

Out with OLD in with the NEW NEW NEW PICTURES

THANK YOU LampLIGHT Photography...

The Pictures are absolutely beautiful!!!

So natural...
So unique...

They capture our essence...our souls.

Just GORGEOUS!

Blessed

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Cranial SHUT DOWN...

Ok so we have seen Dr Lindenberg with a few interesting and promising changes, we have seen Hannah Kaye with the elimination diet, we have bought some OT swings and goodies for Christmas, we have shopped at a new shop in Bryanston- Fruits and Roots, we have ordered and frozen our SMART bread from the organic market, we have bought the special wheat free, metal free suncream (which costs nearly as much as a trip to the next space station), we have bought our new clay water filter system, and ordered the salt chlorinater for the pool, and WE HAVE FINALLY managed to put up our small christmas tree.

This time of year always reminds me of how Horsie hates opening presents. I think it has something do with "expectations" he has NO IDEA what the big fuss is about and I think sensory speaking he hates the sound of the paper ripping - an Autism site I frequent quite often, had a mom explain, "I just don't wrap my son's gifts anymore"...I thought wow- as simple as that - so we NOT wrapping Horsies' gifts this year and if he gets from family and friends we will ask Ladybug to rip them open - DOUBLE FUN!

With all this in mind, both ladybug and Horsie have already been off school for a week, and only return round 14-18th January...Iand with both hubby and I starting at a new companies recently, we both have another week of work...and thats where Nana comes in...she has been and will still be our ultimate HERO taking care of our precious til we on leave! Phew!!!

Already I have CRANIAL SHUT DOWN...no brains with which to actually do anything...I AM SUPER TIRED, my body is tired, my mind is tired, and all I crave is ME TIME!

This long weekend, has been great to spend with the ladybug and Horsie, and we have had an awesome time with friends, and family...but enough now, enough planning, appointments, running around, crazy "what NEXT" thoughts, diet modifications, speech assessments, horse riding lessons, OT, school, toilet training programme set up, nutrients ordered, special water filter system stuffs, getting the pool switched from chemical to salt chlorination, baking, shopping, making, ENOUGH...

Just want to jellyfy, sit and mush in my white matter, soak up some sun (within limits ofcourse...I am a red head) and drink some yummy mind numbing cocktails, and watch while the bug and Horsie sort themselves, occupy themselves, feed themselves, no nappies, just play, sleep and eat...

Yeah right...

But enough...

6 days to Christmas...

Such a beautiful time to reflect, to resolve, to renew, to behold...

Precious family and beloved friend time.

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Two Worlds

So a great weekend we had...

We met with the Elvis Fan Club who helped raised a few funds for Horsie and the kiddles were spoilt with Christmas pressies. (Thank you Jennie and everyone at the Jungle room of Africa) and then we also had Avril come see us this weekend with her son Ricky, and Kim (his girlfriend and daughter of the famous Jill Stacey ASA Autism South Africa Chair lady!) and again the kiddles were spoilt!

More surprisingly we got to chat... we got to bask in our beautiful ladybug and horsie.
Some great little miracles happened this week...
Cullen undressed all by himself to get into the bath, and just yesterday shook his head "no" when I asked if he wanted some egg...he also clearly said "FUN" to me, and announced "no doo doos" to nana one evening this week...

Ladybug is becoming quite the Dirty Dancing FAN...and loves to sing along with the x-factor finalists...

So we have one child in their OWN world and another in a DREAM world!

We see Dr Lindenberg Friday...and we had an organic amino acid test done and screened by the GREAT Plains laboratory in USA...lets see where we can tweak and get this boy to speak speak speak...

Another appointment we have coming up is one with Juliet Newberry on Monday 12 December 2011..he is an ABA expert...we want her to help with the potty training..

Wish us luck...

Here is to our Horsie and Ladybug...beautiful creatures in their OWN DREAM WORLDS!



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