Sunday, May 20, 2012


Sittin on the couch tonight drinking banana and raspberry water smoothie....

Tyger - "This is SO yummy"
Me - "Yeah I like it too."

Slurping follows... and about 3 minutes later...

Tyger - "I don't like this, it is yukky."
Me - *laughs* "But you just said it was yummy a minute ago!"

A pause while Tyger puzzled over what to say... and then...

Tyger - "I didn't want to hurt your feelings Mama, but Kalea and I hate it, it is so yukky!"

While I was laughing over all of this, Kalea piped in with a "Oh no you don't! IT IS YUMMY YOU JUST WANT MY DRINK TOO!" Another pause and Tyger said "See Mama, we are trying to be careful with your feelings tonight" totally deadpan like while continuing to slurp furiously at his drink!

Looks like some of Kalea's deadpan humour has rubbed off onto him!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Learning with Autism

Well, today has been interesting! At the shops, Tyger was finding it difficult to wait in line as there seemed to be so many people around holding food (us included). He went and got the dividers (which nobody was using because they were using large amounts of space around their purchases as dividers). Tyger proceeded to put down the dividers between the food and move the food up so less space was wasted and indicated to the next person to put their stuff down, then he put another divider down AND THEN put down his bag of chips and stood back with such a enormous smile on his face.

Out of the three people there, he got one glare, and two grateful thank-yous. As the glare was non-verbal and the thank-yous verbal, he only noticed the thank yous and was so proud of himself for being helpful. One woman even gave him another divider, acknowledging what he was doing. Then another woman came up behind us and he made room for her, getting another thank-you. Only if more people would adjust their own behaviour to give children the chance to be helpful and acknowledge that instead of glaring at them for getting in the way! It was one of the more positive outings given and I am pleased for that experience.

This afternoon, Kalea came in cross cos Tyger whacked her in the head with the shovel.  (She was fine, just pissed off). I asked her if he was digging and she whinged and said again he hit her. Asked again, was he digging and finally got a yes, he was digging. I patiently started to explain again about how deaf people can't hear so if someone is talking behind their back they don't know.... and Kalea cut me off and said "Yes yes yessssssss I know blah blah blah and Tyger has autism and blah blah blah"

Lol. Guess it is sinking in. I said "Well if you know he isn't good with body perception, then why didn't you move over when you saw he was digging and was too close to you? You are great with knowing when someone is too close." I got a big suffering weary sigh and then a "Yes Mama, I'll go tell him he is close and that is why I got hit in the eye.... and I'll move away."

Part of the struggle is helping the siblings understand and modify their own behaviours where necessary to account for disabilities! Autism (and deafness) is frustrating for siblings just as much as they are for the person living with said disability as I'm sure my brothers would attest!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Our day by Tyger

Today I took photos of the things I found around the house. I found the first passionfruit, its a big one. The tomatoes are still very little. I found three caterpillar cocoons and a stink bug in the lychee tree. I also found a spider's home and took a photo of that too. Then we all had a fire to burn up some dead leaves and sticks. Now I am going to play Starcraft!

Saturday, May 5, 2012


 Chitting potatoes on the windowstill. I've clean forgotten what type they were. Maybe Sebago.

In any case, we've planted them in furrows. The first month or two it is important to water regularly or they end up small apparently.

Not sure how we'll go with the watering, or with keeping the chooks off that particular bed!

The kids dug in the back of the ute while I made the new garden bed and hammered in fence posts. Not sure what we will be growing there, maybe cucumber, eggplant or pumpkin. The concrete blocks we used to make a sandpit but the kids wanted bigger. I asked how many more blocks we should buy in that case... Kalea eyeballed it and shrugged and said seven or eight. On the other hand, Tyger was more discerning. He counted the bricks that were there on both length and width and then looked at the other unfinished sides and compared and came up with the exact number of five. And he was totally right too!