Emily Olson

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Date registered: May 31, 2010

Latest posts

  1. Sophia Turns 9 – Oh The Milestones We Have To Celebrate! — December 11, 2012
  2. Emergencies – Is Your Child Predictably Unpredictable? — February 19, 2012
  3. Memoir Entry #1: Early Signs of “Not Normal” — February 19, 2012
  4. Memoir Entry #2 – Reconstructing Memories of My Other Children — February 19, 2012
  5. Memoir Entry #3 – Obsessed with Observing — February 19, 2012

Most commented posts

  1. Day 1 – Service Dog Training — 11 comments
  2. Truman Finds Sophia in a Real Track! — 5 comments
  3. Memoir Entry #1: Early Signs of “Not Normal” — 4 comments
  4. Day 4 – Service Dog Training — 3 comments
  5. Sophia and Truman – A Whole New Social Life! — 3 comments

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Jan
29

Review: The 100 Board – Montessori Counting Skills

Having put all three of my children through Montessori pre-school, I became very familiar with a work called the One Hundred Board. It is a very simple wood board with 100 tiles that are numbered. Using  your cotton rug, lay the board on the rug and place the tiles with numbers facing up on the …

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Jan
29

Activity: Daily Coin Purse

A great way to reinforce the concept of counting money is to find an old change purse and set it in a special spot. Use the same spot every time. Each night, fill the coin purse with a different combination of coins. Set a piece of paper and a pencil next to the purse. Build …

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Jan
29

Activity: Learning to Count Money

Learning to count money can be a very frustrating concept. I created a Montessori work for Sophia to do at the table. First, lay out the cotton rug. Then, find a plastic tray that has compartments for four coins. Using cardboard, make a sign for the value of each coin. Then get a dish with …

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Jan
29

Take Time to Stop and Smell the Soap!

Most of my early years with Sophia I spent avoiding public places because my goal was to avoid too much sensory input. Over time I learned that I needed to do just the opposite. I needed to help her engage in these senses. The key was to take enough time to do it. If I …

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Oct
25

Sophia and Truman – A Whole New Social Life!

In the last two week ends, I have taken Sophia to a movie, hosted a baby shower at my house and taken her to Chuck E. Cheese. This seems surreal. There is an interesting thing that happens when you get your service dog. Before getting the service dog, we very rarely took Sophia into public …

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Oct
25

Truman Helps Entertain Sophia While I Entertain Guests

The idea of hosting any type of get together, let alone a baby shower for 30 people, was not something I would even consider before getting Sophia’s Autism Service Dog. When Sophia was first learning to talk, I remember her crying “I want to go home” when people would come to our house. She never …

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Oct
12

8 Ways to Improve Service Dog Bonding

Okay, this takes serious time and engagement! The best way I heard this explained in the service dog training class is that Truman needs to have the MOST fun with Sophia. In the early stages, every time he is around her he should be getting a treat, attention or praise.  If you have other kids, you have the added …

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Oct
09

Truman and Sophia – Managing Expectations!

I apologize for the delay in posting but it should be an indication that life at home right now seems a bit more complicated than life before Truman! We brought Sophia’s autism service dog home in the middle of August. Two weeks later all of our kids started school. For Sophia, it was her first …

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Aug
15

Truman Finds Sophia in a Real Track!

Today is Sunday and it is our second day home with Truman. He did great sleeping with Sophia last night which wasn’t a surprise because he played a lot yesterday and was very tired. This morning we left for church and Truman stayed behind in his crate. Sophia’s granny came over for lunch to meet …

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