Autism Awareness Giveaway Hop

Posted April 10, 2012 in Giveaway / 69 Comments

The Autism Awareness Giveaway Hop is hosted by the awesome ladies: 
Heather @ Fire and Ice Photo 
and, of course, 

I’m extremely grateful to these gals for hosting this awesome hop because autism is very near and dear to my heart.  I’m going to seize this opportunity to share a little bit about myself and possibly educate you on one tiny component of autism.  Trust me, this won’t be painful and hopefully you’ll have an “a-ha” moment and leave just a little bit smarter.

My 5-year old son is diagnosed with autism.  He’s high-functioning autistic but he does not have aspergers.  I won’t go into too many details but he didn’t babble when he was a baby, has had 4 sets of ear tubes, many, many ear infections, and after early intervention, he started talking at 3-4 years old.  He’s now in a general education Kindergarten class with a para-professional who is with him all day.  Academically, he’s at a first grader level.  It’s been a long road and a lot of work but I wouldn’t change a thing!  He’s my perfect, brilliant boy who has THE best sense of humor (mine, of course!) 

Something that is common with many autistic children are sensory issues.  My son is no different.  He couldn’t handle the vacuum cleaner noise, the noise of the cafeteria at school is sometimes too much to handle, and if he misses the beginning of anything, whether it’s a show or a math lesson in class, he freaks out.  He shakes many objects to see how they feel, he spins around in circles often, and he loves to throw himself against our sofa.  We have an indoor trampoline in our basement and we finally got him his own swing set so he can get his ya-ya’s out outdoors.  These are all ways for him to deal with his overloaded senses.

I bet you’ve got sensory issues but you just know how to deal with them.  Do any of these sound familiar?

  • Do you like heavy blankets on you when you sleep or just a light sheet?
  • Do you mind wearing wool or is it soft cotton all the time?
  • Does it bother you to walk in the grass barefoot?
  • Can you use an electric toothbrush or is it too intense? 
  • Does it drive you nuts when you’re late to anything? (This is me!!!) 
  • Tags in your shirts – you can deal or they gotta go!

One way or another, you deal with these everyday nuisances and move on.  My son can’t.  And that’s what we work on everyday in his life.

Do you feel smarter?  If you have any questions about autism and sensory processing disorder, you can check out these sites:

Of course, I’d be more than welcome to un-professionally answer any questions you may have or point you in the right direction.

By the way, my son reads at a first grade level and basically taught himself because when he couldn’t talk, he had to read the TV guide on the screen to point to what he wanted to watch.  His favorite books are Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson and Corduroy by Don Freeman ~ he reads both flawlessly 🙂

Reading is amazing!!!  
Thank you for “listening” to me today!

Now, would you like a chance to win a $15 Amazon Gift Card or $15 worth of books from The Book Depository (your choice, both USD)?  
Then tell me… What’s your favorite children’s book?  It could be from when you were growing up or from now!
My favorite is The Stinky Cheese Man and other Fairly Stupid Tales 

by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith.  

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About Kristin

Kristin has to ensure she gets her minimal requirement of "happily ever after" books in between those books that contain cliffhangers and never-ending story arcs. It's for her family's sake. When not reading, she's homeshooling her 10-year old son, watching cartoons on TV, or taking a nap.



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69 responses to “Autism Awareness Giveaway Hop

  1. +JMJ+

    My favourite book from my own childhood is Harry’s Mom by an author I can’t remember. It’s about a boy whose mother died when he was very young and must ask the other adults in his life about their memories of her. I’m tearing up a little now, just remembering it . . .

    Thank you for the giveaway, Kristin. =)

  2. I don’t really remeber what it was called but it had 4 classic fairy tales in it. Red Riding Hood, Hansel & Gretel and two more which I can’t seem to remember. I would read this book over and over and over again!

  3. Bex

    My favourite picture book is Guess How Much I Love You, and otherwise I love The Enchanted Wood and sequels by Enid Blyton!

  4. Thanks for being part of this imporant giveaway!
    My favorite children’s books are any picture book by Nancy Tillman. So sweet! I usually cry when I read them to my son!

  5. Thanks for being part of this hop! My favorite children’s book is The Velveteen Rabbit. My mom always used to read it to my sister & I. 🙂

  6. Anonymous

    I always loved Go, Dog. Go! by PD Eastman. (I still want to attend that dog party in the tree, all these years later.)


  7. I really like the book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, (Pig a Pancake, Moose a Muffin, etc.) The were such cute books. Thanks for the great giveaway and spreading awareness.

  8. I remember The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales! But my fave childrens book is either a Dr Seuss (we have this VERY worn copy of Green Eggs and Ham), or Stella Luella’s Runaway Book. Thanks!

  9. A book I loved while growing up was Dragon’s Milk, I can’t remember who it’s by but I read it quite a few times while growing up! Had to buy it a couple different times also since I went back and forth between my grandparents and dad’s home.

  10. My favourite young children’s book (one I’ve had pretty much memorized since I was a toddler) is Where is the Bear? by Betty Hubka.

    If I got into older children’s books there’d be no way I could choose just one.

  11. Georgette

    Cat in the Hat by Dr Seuss.
    Glad you particpating in this awesome giveaway.
    Your son is adorable.

  12. Mine was always Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (I had the whole series with the poems and everything) I actually should reread it at some point.

    Thanks for the giveaway and for telling us your experience!

  13. My favorite was The Berenstain Bears! I had almost all of them until I gave them to my little brother! My favorite was Trick or Treat!

  14. My favorite childrens book is The Enormous Crocodile by Roald Dahl. I love the vocabulary Dahl uses. It is fun to read aloud to my kids. Thanks for the giveaway!

  15. My favorite children’s book is James and the Giant peach. I could still remember when I watch on TV.. Awesome… 🙂

    Thank you for this Awesome Giveaway!


  16. Christine

    One Fish, Two Fish,Red Fish, Blue Fish and
    Where the Sidewalk Ends

    isabelli3619 (at) aol (dot) com