My Little Technology Monster so-to-speak #AutismAwareness

As we move further into the month, I am still talking about Autism Awareness because well it’s important alongside many other topics, but this is the one I am learning the most about this month with the recent DX of my son. Today, I discuss the technology addiction my son has always had and was easily confused in the beginning with an ADHD type of child.

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Aj has always loved electronics, video games could have easily ruled his world back in the younger days, ages 2-5. Then he got older, he learned about MineCraft and YouTube. Most days you will find my son in front of YouTube doing his research, as I like to call it. YouTube has become my son’s television so-to-speak, but he doesn’t just watch any old videos.

Aj enjoys watching videos that teach him something, that allow him to work deeper with his current loved video game, MineCraft.

The counselor, Aj’s Dad and I have all discussed this electronic “addiction” that Aj has and from time to time it had become quite the monster of his world, keeping him from interacting with his family on a more one-to-one basis. Then as time went on, I realized that Aj wasn’t using the laptop for the purpose of game playing, I realized he was showing a high level of interest in learning how to manipulate games or coding to make the game work in ways it wasn’t built from the “box” to do. It seems Aj has a bit of his father in him, his Dad loves to build computers and different things like that so it fits the mold of “like father like son” for sure.

In the past couple, almost three, months of having Aj off of medications, I have noticed that his brain is just intrigued by how things work, not necessarily the hands on building like his brother, but more so the “behind-the-scenes” of how things work and Aj gets it! Aj picks up on things that most of us don’t as it pertains to mathematics or how technology works. Aj seems to me to be that child who will grow up with a love of programming. Instead of doing what we had previously thought to be the right decision, keeping Aj from electronics, my ex husband and I have allowed the computer to be an open access item for him at both our homes. We have found in the past few months that Aj will not use the computer beyond a decent level of time, eventually Aj will bore of not being able to find just the right YouTube video for his needs and will see his family is interacting playing tag or Lego’s and want to join in with us.

I love that Aj is starting to take an interest in family life. I love that, while he isn’t as into the physical play like his siblings, he does take a part in it on a daily basis for a limited amount of time. Upon discussions with the psychiatrist who diagnosed Aj, she stated it is fairly common for autistic people to have a high level of interest in mathematics, and usually do end up in the field of programming. It seems we found just another area where Autism Spectrum – High Functioning makes sense for Aj’s diagnosis.

What are some things that your child just adores and makes you wonder why he/she is sooooo fixated on that area of their world?

 

Legos Bring Kids Together – Eternally Grateful For Legos

A local father to a boy who used to go to the same school as my daughter dropped me a message on Facebook asking if my boys liked Legos. Of course my reply was, “yes they do!”. Later that day, to my surprise, the local friend dropped off this gigantic tote of Legos. I honestly am amazed at how many kind, thoughtful families there are in my town. This particular man and his wife are absolutely sweet, they both are friends with me on Facebook and I admire them lots! I am now eternally grateful to them because dropping these Legos off meant more than just items for us!

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I honestly had to pick my jaw up off of the ground when he arrived to hand me this huge tote of Legos. This is a lot of Legos. These were dropped off on a weekend when no kids were here, I couldn’t wait for Monday after school to arrive so that my three children could see the amount of Legos we received.

HappilyBlended.com Legos Bringin Kids together for Ages

I knew that my boys would be over the moon happy but what I didn’t realize is how happy my daughter would be. We have quite a few Lego sets around here but none that are geared towards girls, all themes are Star Wars or other Shark Type themes for the boys. It seems very few times does anyone think to buy Girl Theme Legos, but see I didn’t realize up until this past Christmas Season that my daughter even wanted Girl Lego Themed Items. Well, girl theme or not, apparently having this gigantic bucket of Lego’s made her day too!

HappilyBlended.com Legos Bringin Kids together for Ages

All three of my kids have never, ever played so nicely … okay except the times they are playing the MineCraft Demo on PS3. This is more than just a video game though, Legos have brought my children together to use their imagination and creativity in a way that no video game can compare to.

HappilyBlended.com Legos Bringin Kids together for Ages

Nothing makes me smile more than watching my three children work together to play Ninja games with the Legos we received. I am so happy that we received such a kind gift because it really has brought our whole household together for fun days and evenings. Thank you to the Family who gave us this Lego supply, we appreciate you!

Passing the Time with Online Bingo Games

There had been little downtime in my household as of late because of the wonderful thing going around called “the stomach bug”. This past week has been insane with clean up duties, changing clothes, kids not being able to attend school and just simply having to be on call more often than normal to ensure my babies could get better as quick as possible. I enjoy having down time to check out new games to play online, one of the games I have seen lately  is Paddy Power online jackpot bingo where you can go online and play bingo. I know many people who play online bingo.

Bingo Online

For many who have social anxiety disorders, online bingo really allows them to interact and play the game without having to interact in person. For parents, who are often taking care of their little ones, online bingo sites allows for them to let loose after the kids are asleep. There are many benefits to playing online Bingo, such as:

  • ability to make money playing game from home
  • relaxation after a long day at the office or home parenting
  • happiness in the excitement game playing brings
  • chance to get bonus points or money in account when signing up for first time

Do you happen to play online Bingo? I am curious to hear from those who have experienced online Bingo or know those who have, what were the reasons for you to partake in a little game of online bingo?

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I-Gami Geometrical Genius For Family Fun

My kids received some pretty good gifts this holiday season, one of which was an item that my Mom and I found at a consignment shop. I assumed the boys would like it but I never guessed that they would love it. I-Gami Geometrical Genius has been sitting, open on my table for weeks now and is our go to entertainment when waiting for dinner, lunch or to go to school.

iGami Geometrical Genius

I-Gami is such a simple, yet unique, toy to play with. You see, it’s a lot of different shapes and allows you to become a geometrical genius. I have fun creating snowflake looking doodads and the kids beg me to make boxes for them too. I also created this cute little guy ….

A toy to educate and create with kids

Okay so maybe I have a bit more fun with I-Gami than the kids at times, but hey it brings us together and if something unites us as a family, then it’s certainly a great product. This product was found at a consignement shop for around $3, but they have other versions of I-Gami that I found on Amazon.com such as the 350 piece flowers kit or the 600 piece shark kit.

iGami Cheap Fun

In all honesty, this is the perfect family gift to allow children and their parents to use their imagination while also learning about geometry. I think this I-Gami is a win-win product!

Bop It! Tetris Game Review and Giveaway

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My family recently received Bop It! Tetris for review purposes. Our Bop It! Tetris has become a ride along fun game for all of our family. Ages 13 down to 5 have been competing against each other to get the highest score. At the current moment our high score is near 300 points. That’s well beyond my 43 I believe I am at. This version of Bop It! it is fun once you get the hang of it, as my tween daughter said “it’s just like Tetris Mom, all you do is match up the blocks into the empty squares. It’s not that hard!” But it is hard. For me. Obviously.  My score sucks.

Bop It Tetris

With Bop It! Tetris you can think about the normal Bop It! but with lights and puzzles and shapes. Each challenge gets faster and faster, testing your coordination skills. Mine suck. Clearly a score of 43 versus the near 300 the children have proves I am not so good at this.  There are hundreds of puzzles and social play so that you can enjoy endless fun. With an approximate retail value of $24.99 you can purchase Bop It! Tetris in most any store nationwide that sells board games. Bop It! Tetris is rated for ages 8+ and is able to have one or more players.

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