The Flash and The Arrow
Every parent of an ASD child has heard it. .. and energy one of us has had to choke down the urge to choke the person who said it. .. truth is for the most part, you wouldn’t be able to tell if someone on the spectrum just by looking at them.
To prove it I’m going to post pics of my ASD family. And you know what? I challenge every and anyone who sees this blog to share it and I challenge you to post pics of your ASD family too. (Or if yourself if you are on the spectrum) Let’s show everyone how beautiful autism can be. Yrs it can be frustrating, debilitating and down right ridiculous sometimes…. but let’s illustrate that it’s not something readily recognizable!
My kids and my wife are downright beautiful!
Monkey Sk8r Boy
Monkey Boy got highlights!
Cowboy Tantrum Tot
Aspie Teen incognito
Aspie Writer aka Wifey
Aspie Writer and The Tot
So you want to know what autism looks like? It looks beautiful don’t ya think?
I love this recipe. It’s simple prep, simple cooking and it’s delicious! The first time I made this recipe Aspie Teen literally licked his plate clean. Now, he won’t even look at it and will make himself an entirely different dish if I make it.
I’ve made this for friends who’ve loved it, and I took it to work and watched it disappear, so I know it’s good! But if your house is anything like mine, and you have to make three different dinners for the spectrum members of your family, you know the frustration of saying never mind to making the dishes you would want cause it’s just not worth the bother of making it for one or two people when you have to make something different entirely for everyone else.
BUT, if perchance you are looking for something fairly easy and different, here it is. Enjoy. May the force be with you when you want to prepare it.
Boneless chicken breasts or tender chunks
1 packet taco seasoning
1 jar salsa (mild or medium is up to you)
1 brick Monterey Jack cheese
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Clean chicken breasts/chunks and place in baking pan.
Season chicken to taste (I usually use a little salt and garlic powder).
Add taco seasoning to chicken, cover evenly.
Cover chicken in salsa.
Bake in oven for approximately 30-45 minutes depending on how thick the chicken pieces are, or until chicken runs clear.
Shred the cheese and cover chicken evenly. Bake another 3-5 minutes to melt cheese.
Serve chicken with a side of sour cream or guacamole on the plate. A good side dish is rice or salad or both.
The past two days we’ve been continuing the training of Rocky. SDWR sent Cheri back to continue to help us with Rocky. In case any of you don’t know what I’m talking about, last year my family won a grant from Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers (SDWR), that enabled us to receive an autism service dog. Part of their program is that they send a trainer to our house for two days a quarter to continue his training and help correct any issues we may have.
Well one of the issues we’ve had is Rocky jumping on people when they walk in the door. And he/we have been having difficulty keeping him in a down (laying down) position and keeping him there. But after two days he’s doing much better and we’re encouraged.
Now I know this is what Cheri does for a living, but she always makes it seem so easy! She had two other dogs with her as well, Dallas and Vixen and STILL managed to make it look easy. But what I like about her is that she doesn’t make you feel like it’s your fault that the dog isn’t responding, even when she’s correcting you.
The Tot had a rocky start as yesterday he was really cranky but today was much better and he even participated in teaching Rocky to play hide and seek, which is actually training Rocky to track him when he runs off. (We’re going to teach Rocky to track Monkey Boy as well! )
All in all I think the training went very well and I’m once more encouraged and hopeful that maybe just maybe one thing in the universe has gone right for us.
Cheri, Wifey, the Tot and the dogs
Dallas, Vixen, Rocky, Cheri & Gwen
Cheri, the Tot and Rocky