Where the little things are never little…

Where the little things are never little… 

Cody’s autism we made the decision to focus on full time 30+ hours a week of one on one intensity ABA plus other therapies.  In return, this gave him very little time for social play with his peers. Over the last 3 years we have only attended 12 hours of school per week with his peers. This is when I wish there could be more hours in a day so he could attend more time with his peers. 

Some would say if he were at school full-time being exposed to other children, they might learn quicker where as other children may regress not having the one on one therapies. EVERY CHILD is different and there is no one way. 

As parents, we have to make some tough decisions based on our children’s development and decide what we believe is the right blend of therapies for our children.  There is no one way to learn. Yes, typical children learn mainly through imitation but this is a skill Cody is just now learning. No brain is wired the same. Each child is different in how they learn and process things. 

This summer was dedicated on 2 primary goals for us. 1.  Social Play and 2. I will spare you on this one. 💩

Towards the end of the school year, Cody’s communication teacher really worked hard on peer to peer requests and I wanted to capitalize on this over the summer. 

I am going to share this week a series of videos/photos of interactions Cody and his buddy are having during therapy sessions on his Facebook Page, Autism Through His Eyes.


Cody is starting to like kids. ❤️I loved watching Cody laugh with his buddy. It’s so amazing at his imitating and tolerating his buddy too! 

They really like each other which as a parent melts my heart to watch. 

In conjunction of working on social play in his therapy sessions we have been meeting our friends all summer long! 

Our time is very limited as we are still very full time with our ABA but I’m getting very creative with our play dates and I really am surrounded by some amazing moms! 

Tune into Cody’s Page to see the videos!

Published by mamalamaneustupa

Bio My name is Shelley Neustupa. I am a mother of two cool boys and a wife of 22 years to my high school sweetheart. My oldest son attends the University of Oklahoma. Boomer! My youngest is in 2nd grade and was diagnosed with Autism and Mixed Receptive Expressive Disorder at age 2. Since his diagnosis, I promised him I would advocate and educate as hard as he works each day in therapy. I began writing and have been able to touch many parents that may be new to this journey providing them with actual experiences (not candy coated), support and resources through my entries. Writing is my therapy and my hope one day that my nonverbal son will be able to take these diaries and speak about his own journey and how autism relates to his own experiences. Who knows he and his older brother may become National Speaker’s one day? Come along on our journey to better understand our lives through the eyes of a boy with autism, his Skilled Companion dog Jude, his big brother (and best friend) and mom and dad. My raw vulnerability captures the everyday moments of our journey and will bring even more awareness. A week does not go by where we do not learn something new about ourselves and I want to share these chapters with you. My Sons Undeniable Strengths… Extremely smart and figures out things quickly. Has a memory that allows him to remember more things than I could ever hope for. Persuasive by his personality and sheepish looks. Overabundance of stamina and strength. Loves the outdoors. Enjoys life and always has fun with an unforgettable smile. You can find us here: Writer: Autism Through His Eyes Facebook Instagram YouTube Pinterest Canine Companions for Independence News Interview Cody and Skilled Companion Jude - Our Story

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