About Me

Sometimes people have Autism
and that is okay.
Sometimes people are different
and that is okay.

I now blog at http://www.stuffwiththing.com

  1. Love your blog. It gave me a good laugh.(especially the toilet post) Great to see the lighter side of parenting and ASD. I have a 9 year old daughter who has Autism.

  2. Came here via Nikki, haven’t yet read any of the posts. I like your comments on others blogs.

    River, thankyou for visiting and the lovely compliment. cheers Marita

  3. Thanks so much for publishing your social stories. I am going to use those with my children who are painfully shy.

    Mark – Thank you for visiting. I hope the Social Stories are as successful for your family as they are for ours. Cheers Marita

  4. I am not sure if you read my blog but if you do please accept my apologies for getting you mixed up with Staci the other day.

    Hugs Helen

  5. I have two young boys (soon to be 3 & 1), and the XO (their mum) is struggling to come to terms with their daily demands and the changes that their growing older brings. My hat off to you and yours… I’ll be visiting more often, because it’s good to learn new things from different challenges!

    I’ve worked quite extensively with young people from Kindy through to year 12 – although I’ve never been a part of an autistic child’s experiences. It’s good to hear of your experiences… thank you! 😉

  6. I was intrigued by the link I found on Kelley’s Christmas Crazy post because I have a review blog called Things and Stuff. Funny. I have three sons. The middle one was diagnosed with PDD-NOS last February. I’ll be sure to check back here!

  7. What a great blog.
    I am also a cross-stitch tragic and garden nutter.
    …and I’m learning so much about living with children who have autism from reading blogs like yours.

  8. YOU are a BLESSING to me!!! I’ve been looking for a blog about SPD for so long. I love your charismatic way of not just coping, but LIVING!!!! You are an inspiration & I look forward to learning more from you in the future!! Thank you for being REAL & putting it all out there.

  9. Hi maria – I just love your blog and would love to share it with moms in Durban, South Africa! I will, of course direct them straight back to your site if you give me permission. Particularly the Coffee Shop tips with a little one. I LOVE IT! Looking forward to hearing from you,

  10. Hello Marita! You have a way with words that draws admiration from your viewers. My interests are in educational psychology and research and I spend my time writing. It’s such fun hearing about you and your kids as mine are grownups. Will try to visit often. Thanks for the laughs and insights about Autism. ~Sharlet

  11. Hi, I am a stitcher and have sons, our eldest is autistic and our second son has Aspergers. Glad I found your blog.

  12. Hi, and thanks for sharing your life on your blog.

    I have a 12 year old son with an ASD, diagnosed with Aspergers. We all need a label.

    You know it’s interesting how many bloggers I come across with kids with some sort of ASD. I suspect it’s in the genes.

    It can be a hard road. School is the worst time, especially out of the classroom. Schools are not designed for kids with ASD.

    Just be assured with love and support your little girl will make her own place in the world.

    Less words, use checklists and she will be fine.

    Just remember, fast-jet pilots and NASA Astronauts use checkists 🙂

    • Thank you Squadron 🙂

      Interestingly my oldest who we suspect is Aspergers has decided long ago her career choice will be Army Engineer. Bet they use checklists too 😀

  13. Kimberly Allison

    Thanks for your social story on going to the dentist. My son, Christian, is six and has severe ADHD and borderline Asperger. We are going to the dentist this Tuesday and I am hoping to get him to cooperate for the first time! I know this story will help.

    I would love to know how you made this?


    • Hi Kim, I found some visuals about going to the dentist and then used what I remembered about previous dentists visits to put the story together. Hardest part was not saying anything negative – I don’t enjoy dentists visits much myself but I didn’t want to let my feelings influence how my daughter experienced dentist visits.

      I hope your visit to the dentist goes smoothly 🙂

  14. Kimberly Allison

    The visit went awesome!! He went back with the hygienist by himself and did everything he was supposed to without incident. Bad news…he needs four fillings so I am trying to update the story to include numbing and drills! Ugh!!!

    Where did you find the visuals?

  15. Hello Marita,

    I hope this note may help you and your community. To celebrate the launch of @mayerjohnson on Twitter, we are going to be giving away a free copy of Boardmaker Plus! to one lucky follower who does so by October 15th. To go to the page directly, the address is http://twitter.com/mayerjohnson.

    Take care,
    Dave Colson

  16. Hi Marita,

    My name is Leslie. My brother and his wife came up with the idea of EZ Sox (a learning sock) for my nephew who was diagnosed with Aspergers and frustrated with his inability to put on his own socks.

    I would love to send you a few sets to try out with Annie and Heidi in the hope that they and you will love the socks enough to write about them on your blog. If you email me a PO Box if you have one, I can put them in the mail.

    Thanks and hope to hear from you.

  17. Hi, I’m contacting you on behalf of Autisable.com, a blogging site dedicated to raising awareness and encouraging discussion about the challenges of autism, aspergers and ASD. We are interested in syndicating your blog on Autisable.com. Please contact joel@autisable.com for more information if you are interested in adding your blog to Autisable and reaching even more people with your story. Thank you!

  18. Just came via Kelley’s blog and thought I should say Hi, added to blog reader, before I stalk stalking the archives! (like the OT posts! Makes me wanna be more transdisc!)

  19. Wow somebody retweeted me! Look forward to reading some of your posts. I have a nephew with Asperger’s and he has amazing parents.

  20. Hello
    thanks for coming to read my AMB Featured Post and leaving your comment, I a really appreciate your warm words.
    I am just taking a look around your blog and enjoying myself immensely.

  21. I just love your blog!! I have a history working with ASD children and currently work as a Child Adolesecnt Psychotherapist. I would love to use a blog of yours as a guest piece on my blog, it is for parents and educators of tweens and teens!

    Collett – The T(w)een Factor http://thetweenfactor.blogspot.com/2010/09/does-my-bum-look-big-in-this-ad.html

  22. i stumbled upon this looking for a review about the santa paws movie and noticed the autism sticker on the right and then (for the 2nd time ever) i read some of your blog and was very impressed, i shared it on facebook too, i’m always looking for more information and ppl to talk with about that and things related, im really glad i found this site, will definitely be back 🙂

  23. catherine oquist

    As the proud but sometimes pressured and despairing mother of a nearly 15 year old severely autistic daughter with huge art and computer skills and NO social skills, huge sensory issues and a very large physical bulk…… who was so worn out by the lonely caregiving years that a few months ago when my husband of nineteen years called me a slut and shouted that I was stupid and told me to get out – he had become increasing verbally abusive of me as the years went by – I finally did leave…… returned back across the Tasman to Australia where I find myself rather alone and lonely, unable yet to find employment, and having to remake my life – not easy at age 58 after having been out of the paid workforce for nearly twenty years…. I share the feelings of pride and triumph and anguish that go with the territory of parenting autistic spectrum…… and wish you well. I hope to find some niche where my experience can be put to some good use…… For year, living in a small rural community, my sanity was maintained by a group of online friends that started as a small support group involving parents around the world of kids on the spectrum…… only 30 or so members, but it gave me a space where I felt supported and understood……

  24. Just thought I’d let you know I’m loving your blog. I am a prep teacher in QLD, my 5 year old son has Asperger’s (they are so funny aren’t they!?), and we are currently trying to get our 4 year old assessed for ASD. All four of my brothers were on the spectrum as well so I know where your coming from! Most days in our house are tough- two very inflexible kids at opposite ends of the personality stick- but they are so completely worth it. J

  25. Hi,
    Happy Birthday – it’s my mum’s birthday too
    If i won one of the craft things i would probably give it to her (I love craft but my mum has more time than me and keeping it would just enable me to hoard more ufo’s LOL!)
    I found your blog through the organisedhousewife.com.au
    As for having “gifted” children – good luck, it’s been a long hard road in our lives sometimes – not at all the ‘miracle’ people(teachers, other parents) often think it is! Still, wouldn’t go back now though, I love each one of my ‘square-pegs’-just recently my youngest came home with her 1st report “enthusiastic contribution to class discussions… is becoming increasingly challenging to refocus with other quiet activities during mat-time ..needs to give other children time to think..” what else does a 4yo do when the teacher asks repeatedly but call out the answer !?

  26. Thank you so much for sharing this fantastic internet site.

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