September 11, 2013

#WondrousWednesdays - Two Left Feet Momma

This week's interview is with Two Left Feet Momma! She is my sister-in-law, so she's talking about my niece. It's interesting how these sorts of things seem to run in families. I have never met my niece, since they live at the other end of the country, but I hope to one day and I'm sure the Little Man would have a lot of fun with his cousins.

We live in Langley, BC, Canada. Daughter is 5 years old, diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder and Anxiety (suspected high functioning Autism). I work full time as an Environmental Health Officer, currently on a Leave of Absence to support my daughter during her transition to school (kindergarten!). 

What is your biggest challenge with your family member’s disability? 

Being in a group setting is difficult, she becomes easily overwhelmed by sensory and social stimulation. Trying to make and keep friends as well as navigate the social complexities is challenging for my daughter. 

What is the greatest gift from your family member’s disability? 

Amazing memory! She can remember movies word for word as well as events in detail from years ago, and she is only 5. She is also becoming a pretty good little artist.

What’s one thing you want people to know about her disability that many don’t seem to understand? 

That it's not behavioural, she isn't "acting out." A firm discipline will not "fix" her. She is unique and requires a unique way of parenting. 

What has been the best part of maintaining a blog?

To me it's my safe place to talk. Where nobody is judging me about my family, my parenting, my decisions.

What is a typical day like in your life? 

Routine! We do similar things in a similar order. It keeps the chaos down

What’s your favorite pastime?

Drawing or hiking 

What’s your favorite food/drink? 

Greek food and wine
Anything else you’d like to share - a tip, words of wisdom, a recipe, a poem? 

Try and live life for today, try not to dwell on what might be tomorrow.

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