Wordless Wednesday: Ladybug Encounter

Kekito got to see and hold a Ladybug for the first time yesterday!

Our pet Ladybug for the afternoon. 

Ignorance is Bliss?

I've wondered lately about the phrase, "Ignorance is Bliss". I think there may be a lot of truth to it.

Before I found out I had ADD, I thought everyone felt exactly the same as I did. The only problem (for me) was that I relentlessly wondered why I was the only one that didn't thrive in school despite being "smart", or why I had such a hard time making friends and relating to my peers. I never realized why things I did made the whole class laugh at me until years after each event. That has been a life long pattern. I still have a huge fear of public speaking because of it.

How were so many people able to get degrees? I couldn't even manage to stay off academic probation at the community college I attended. Finding out that I was neurologically different was wonderful... or at least it was at first. It was shocking to "interview" everyone I knew and realize that very few of them felt the same way as I did. I had never even noticed. Once my eyes were opened, I started paying more attention via "people watching". I knew then why people "lovingly" gave me pet names like, "Nerd". No, seriously, people that loved me. ;) I was like seemingly "average" yet incredibly nerdy?

Makes much more sense now, the friendships from teenage years: I was in my own head most of the time.

A Lighter Moment

Wordless Wednesday

 I hope this makes you smile as much as it made me smile!

He's a Wanderer...

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Kekito was a clear wanderer shortly after he began toddling.

Wandering is one of the big problems parents of little kids face, but even more so specifically when their child has Autism.  It is one of the issues with Autism that has immediate, possibly dire, consequences.  And it can happen in a flash.  I've been noticing it a lot more in the news lately, as well as even seeing friends and bloggers sharing their own worst moments of fear.

I've known since Kekito was a mere 15 months old that he was absolutely a wanderer.  I had already noticed the way he checked out of my atmosphere and moved into his own as he wandered off to investigate whatever it was that caught his attention.  At that point I thought it had to do more with his age, and that all toddlers must be like that.  Then as I read "Emotional Life of the Toddler", (Alicia F. Lieberman, Ph.D.) to find some insight on how to "deal" with our "difficult temperament" toddler, a study she wrote about peaked my interest.

"Autistic Brains Have Abnormal Number of Brain Cells, Study Finds"

This week I came across a study about the number of neurons in an Autistic brain via Robert, a journalist with Asperger's. It was very intriguing and made a lot of sense, but also left me with a few of questions to mull over.

The study consisted of observing 13 brains donated to science of males ages 2-16 (A colossal thank you to their parents for aiding important research, you have my utmost gratitude and sincere condolences). Of the 13 brains studied, 7 had Autism and 6 did not.

What they found was that the brains with Autism had 67% more neurons in the Prefrontal Cortex.  The Prefrontal Cortex is a region associated with social, emotional, and communication processing; all of these are well known difficulties for a person with Autism.