Thursday, December 30, 2010

The Autism Store, Live and In Person

I just have to say it.  I love The Autism Store.

I love even more that it's not just online, it's local!  That's right!  I can drive less than a half hour and walk right in and shop, live and in person!  No looking at pictures!  No wondering just how big or small or cool or fun or lame or strange or useful something really is!  No paying shipping and waiting for it to come in the mail!

We went over there this afternoon and got some new chewies for AJ.  And as long as we were there, and shopping in person, I decided to try a couple chewies and fidget toys for Zack too.  I would never have tried these things just seeing them online.  But I picked them up, looked them over, felt them, and decided to give them a shot.

The boys were with me and they both said "no" to everything I showed them, but they didn't mean it.  When they say no, sometimes they mean "I have to say no to everything, it's one of the first rules you learn in kidschool.  It doesn't really mean no."
thought we'd try a tangle toy too.


The only bad thing about the whole experience was that I forgot something that should be a rule-of-thumb for anyone ever driving in the Mpls/St. Paul area, and that is

AVOID 494 AT ALL COSTS.

It doesn't matter if it's 3 in the afternoon or 3 AM, 494 is a parking lot.  We got back home 7 minutes late and there were 6 (yes, six) people sitting in 6 cars outside my house, waiting to begin therapy and evaluating at noon.  Oops.  Darn 494.

That and AJ didn't enjoy the car ride.  For the first few minutes he was behind me screaming "No?  No?  Aaaaarrrggghhhhh, All done!  All done!  Bye Bye!  No?  No?  Good job buddy!  Aaaaaarwwwww."  I changed the Wiggles CD and he seemed happier.  Didn't want to try his new chewy in the car, but at home he was all over it.



3 comments:

fragilemom said...

How great! Yep, the pictures are a drag. Always much better to see in person. We love the 'chewies'!

Rachael said...

Lucky you! My youngest LOVES that very chew toy. It's a great asset. :)

Cortney Lyon said...

I will have to check out the online store, I wish they had one close to us here...I'd be in it every other day.

Labels

#youmightbeanautismparentif 2012 in review 9/11 memories ABA therapy Acceptance acronyms advocacy affection aggression AJ Aliza Aliza the playwright All I really need to know... Alphabitty Moments American Girl Ann Coulter antibullying anxiety anxiety in parents of children with special needs apple orchard apps for autism AppSmitten Arbaclofen Arbitrary Thoughts ARC autism autism brushing autism portrayed in TV shows Autism Shines awareness backyard band baseball bath toys beds behavior problems being tall Birthday Boys biting blog change blog hop blogging books bottles brushing bubbles Burnsville Fire Muster bus Cabin Fever in Minnesota candy Carly Fleischmann Carly's Voice cats cats and dogs chewys Chicago childcare for special needs children childhood Children's Museum chocolate Christmas Church circumin clinical trials Clonidine CNN Hero of 2011 coffee communication comparisons computer Conference cost of special education Courage Center Curcumin daddy dance dance competition dance moms Dental surgery dentist developmental milestones diagnosis diapers Diego Disability Day dogs Dolphin Tale Doomsday Preparation Dora Doritos drug trials DVD player early intervention earrings Easter ECSE Parent Retreat electronic gadgets electronics Everything I need to know... Evil Overlord fall falling asleep at school families family fashion fear Featured Feel Good Friday field trip fireworks first day of school Flash Gordon Food Chronicles food issues in Fragile X and autistic children forms forts Fragile Face of God Fragile X Fragile X advocate Fragile X and autism Fragile X Awareness Day Fragile X carriers Fragile X in the news Fragile X presentation Fragile X statistics Fragile X Writers friends fundraiser for Fragile X funniest Funny Gabrielle Giffords Galveston games getting carsick Girls' Night Out Giving Spirit glasses global warming going home Good Morning Great Quotes guest blogs guest post haircuts Halloween hearing test Heaven is for Real hippotherapy holidays Holland Holly home life homework hotel hugging human behavior hyperactivity IEP Meeting IEPs in the news inclusion inspiration integration iPad iPad apps iPad apps for autism IQ testing Jack Jablonski January First Joke journal entry kids with Fragile X and animals Kindergarten Kindle kisses language study learning to talk leaves lemonade stand Lily Little Einsteins losing teeth Mad Gab makeup mall Mall of America marcia braden McDonalds media sensationalization medications Melatonin Miami MIND Institute Minnesota Bloggers Conference minocycline Miracle League monkeys mosquito bites Mother's Day movies MVMOM Used Clothing and Equipment Sale nail trimming names naughtiness neighbors nicknames nightmares normal off topic one thing leads to another online dating Operation Beautiful oral sensory orphan drug act other bloggers Our Wedding outside overstimulation panic attacks parade parental stress Parenthood park Partners in Policymaking penicillin people with disabilities pets pharmacy fun photography Photoshop picnic Pictures pinching pink shirt Pinterest playing outside playing with toys poem politics poop potty training Presents protecting autistic children rash reading to kids research Retreat riding a bike Robin Williams Roger Ebert routine RSS feed RUSH University San Diego Sandy Hook Elementary Santa schedules school school bus school notes school pictures screaming self image self-checkouts sensory Seroquel siblings with developmental delays sick kids sippy cups sleep smile snow pictures Snowstorm social situations speaking of the unspeakable special education special education evaluation special needs kids special needs parents Special Needs Ryan Gosling Special Olympics spelling spoon feeding spring break staying positive stimming Strep STX209 Stylish Blog Award suicide summer Sunday School Sundays sunshine survival mode swimming talking talking to kindergarteners Target teacher's aides Teeth brushing Tegretol Temple Grandin Ten Commandments textbook case of Fragile X thankful thanksgiving that window/mirror thing The Autism Store The R Word the rapid passage of time The Right Things to say to parents of special needs children The Santa Experience the Shedd Aquarium The Twin Thing The Wiggles therapeutic horseback riding therapy This is Autism topless trampoline traveling with special needs children TV twins with special needs Twitter typical Fragile X characteristics typical kids typing vacation Vacation Bible School video games videos volunteering Waisman Center water play way-back-Wednesday What I've Learned What's your song? when a special needs parent dies Wiggles Wii games Winner Winner Chicken Dinner winter wonder Wonder Pets Wordful Wednesday Wordless Wednesday Words of Wisdom World Autism Awareness Day YMCA You Tube Zack Zoloft zoo animals

Fragile X Blogs