Autism Awareness Month






This year is looking a little different for us ( as it is with everyone ). We are usually busy all over the city raising funds and awareness for our favourite cause. We are thankful though for the power of online support!

Ryder has been handling the quarantine life with so much grace. He is taking it day by day, with some days being a little harder. He really misses school and all of his friends. He is quite the social guy- between school and all our neighbourhood hangouts, he is usually surrounded by so many people who love him. About once a day he asks Jason and I who miss him- haha!! He likes to make sure he is missed too. We have done a few drive-bys of his friends houses to say hi from a distance, but we definitely need to do it more often.

He is getting his school work done. I’m not smarter than a 5th grader, so it has been more challenging for me. We are fortunate that his EA has been able to help us online. While we know how to navigate Autism in our home life, we really don’t know how to apply tools in a school setting. Shout-out to all the families who are also struggling at home right now. I feel for you. Especially when you’re missing out on all the services from therapy right now. I can’t imagine losing all that from when we were in the home programs. Google therapy tools to use at home, hang in there, and don’t be too hard on yourself.

We are loving all this extra time with Ryder though. He has really shown us his personality in the last few weeks. Easton is having a great time with his brother, and I think it is some of the most bonding they have ever done. It has been amazing to watch them grow together.

Even though we were a bit delayed due to COVID-19 and shipping, we are SO happy to launch the Ryder’s Crew again through Local Laundry (link found here) They have been such amazing supporters of our journey and we are extremely grateful for this partnership. We are offering it in the black again, and now a navy blue! We are loving this new addition!! For a discount use the code Ryderspals.

Proceeds will go back to our favourite Autism centre in Calgary who provide so much support for people on the spectrum. Check out their website… they are always up to so much good and all things FUN!

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