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Archive for September, 2012

Next Step Part One

My first writing project, ABC’s Autism Style, is only 6 blog entries away from being completed. My goal is to have it done by Thanksgiving. Although, you just never know what life has in plan for me, but I know that I will finish it when I am meant to finish it, and not a day sooner.

I am already thinking about the next project, which will begin in 2013, but have not quite decided on the exact format yet. The one thing I know is that I want it to be about more than just Our journey,  I want to take more of a community approach to this next project. In order to do my vision justice, this project will need research, and input from all of you.

With that being, I am posting my first of four surveys. I am hoping to collect responses to each survey over a three week period, and then post the next survey within a week. My goal is to have all four surveys completed by the end of the year. If you would be willing to take the survey and help a girl out with her dream, please click on the link below. If you have any questions, or would like to share something outside of the survey with me, please email me at Thank you in advance for helping me make this next venture in Hope, Love, and Faith even more Sensational and Au-Some.

This first survey is about YOU, because you are special, unique and have so much to offer the world. I want to learn about you as a person, before we move onto family, children and community. If you can spare a few minutes, please take the time to complete this 10 question survey, with as much or as little detail as you choose. I look forward to reading all the responses. Have a blessed day.

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T is for Therapy

T is for THERAPY

T is for THERAPY

Therapy is defined as: “1. the treatment of disease or disorders, as by some remedial, rehabilitating, or curative process: speech therapy. 2. a curative power or quality. 3. psychotherapy. 4. any act, hobby, task, program, etc., that relieves tension.” –

This is the specific or technical definition of therapy, but I think it is so much more than what is written here. The term is used in so many different ways today, that I think aside from medically necessary therapy, everyone defines it their own way. For us therapy is a part of life, not because Beth is sick and needs to be cured, but because it helps her learn to listen to her body and navigate the world.

Currently all Beth’s therapies are play-based, and we love that she is obtaining new skills while having fun. After all isn’t that what childhood is all about, exploring and having fun? Aside from her school environment and supportive services there, she also has private Speech and Occupational therapies at home once a week. I am sure there are more therapies and programs she can be in, and we have actually looked into many but just can’t bring ourselves to fill all her days with work. Instead we fill her days with play, cuddling, favorite shows, music, exploring, etc… pretty much whatever she wants to do at that moment (within reason of course). Like our marvelous OT tells me all time: “You don’t have to do everything all the time, sometimes you just have to be kids and play.”

There is always a teachable moment, and honestly you can turn anything into therapy, it just depends on how you utilize the situation by combining your child’s interests and abilities.  In Our everyday life there are so many opportunities to incorporate facets of her therapy, she does not even realize she is working to strengthen her skills, because she is too busy being a silly, crazy girl. For us the best method to assist her in developing her communication and social skills is through laughter and love. She can handle a serious work environment for short periods of time, but then she is ready to shake off the sitting part and get wild. Movement is one the most Au-some conduits for any information Our girl needs to master. Getting on Our girls level, entering her world and playing with her, is terrific therapy for all of us. To quote Plato: “You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.”

Therapy “Our Way” is defined as: “Activities, both structured and unstructured, that help us build upon Our abilities in all areas of development through exploration, play, music, art, movement, etc… It is a family experience and actions always speak louder than words; so we try to incorporate learning and communication into all aspects of our Sensationally Au-Some life.”
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Dear God :)

As some of you may have noticed, my posts are few are far between these days. We are going through a rough period, with some adjustments in the house, and my computer time has been cut drastically. We are having behavior issues, sleep issues, and just regular day-to-day craziness. I was trying so hard to hold it all together and still have “me” time, but that simply is not working. I may want more time to write, read, and participate in other events; however what I need is to sleep and be healthy for my family. I have a list of things I want, but they will never compare to the list of what We need. So for now, my writing (as well as other things) is taking a back-seat to other more important things. I will post when I can, but feel the need to alleviate some pressure. Two of the most important tools my program has taught me to evaluate my chaos with are: “How Important Is It?” and “Keep It Simple.”  After much prayer, several talks with my sponsor, and working my program, I have decided most of what was causing my stress and depression were simply not that important, and so we are going back-to-basics and keeping life simple for the time being.

Being a parent is not an easy job, but it is the most rewarding venture of Our life. We are not perfect, We are Human. I celebrate our Progress, and pray that We can get back on track with Our journey. Right now We are taking the scenic route through some rocky terrain, but soon we will be back on the Au-Some path of discovery with a renewed sense of how truly blessed we are. The most important thing I need to remember is that I am not God, nor do I want to be, and therefore I will make mistakes, but that is okay. I cannot help but feel that having a Special Needs child pushes us further toward the illusion of Control, so that we may aide and protect them in this world. However sometimes we just have to do the best we can and let God handle the rest. So I am turning it over and praying for guidance. I know our Faith, Love and Hope will see us through and our girls will be the stronger for it. So I will be around when I can, but for the time being, I will simply be a mom, wife and thankful servant to my Lord and my Family.

I leave you with a humorous letter, from a former Queen of FMC (Fix, Manage & Control); which was adapted from

Dear God,

This letter is to inform you that, effective immediately, I resign my position as Saint. I find I am lacking the necessary qualities and skills for the job. I had deep concerns about my ability to perform the required duties, but was afraid to say, “No” to a glamorous, powerful position. In addition, the long hours are getting to me.

I also withdraw my request to train for your role as General Manager of the Universe. My skill set does not match the job duties. In addition, Celestial Resources does not expect your position to be open soon.

At this time, I humbly apply for the position of Human. I understand there are many openings and that a spot has already been created for me. I am ready to step into the position immediately. Should you need references, I can provide an extensive list of persons who can attest to my ability to be Human.

I look forward to continuing to work with you.


Dorothy Stronglove


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