PECS - autism

Friday, June 21, 2013 12:01 PM Posted by The Cookie Cutter Diva 0 comments
Made a new picture schedule to help my 3rd child who was recently diagnosed with autism. We used this with the 2nd child and it worked wonders right after he was diagnosed and didn't communicate well or needed a very strict routine. Now he doesn't need so much of a strict step by step routine but does still like things fairly laid back and routine. We are trying this with my daughter to see if it helps with her. She was pretty intrigued by it and goes to it several times a day and gets excited about what is next! I put the following on it..

we have them in order of the day such as wake up, eat, get dressed, school time, snack time, computer time, eat, play time, snack time, chores, out door time, eat, take a bath, brush teeth, go to bed, etc.. then we have extras to add in for certain days like car ride, pool, dance, karate, etc

Low Cost Summer Fun!

11:52 AM Posted by The Cookie Cutter Diva 0 comments
As a mom of a family of 6 I'm always looking for some fun frugal inexpensive ways to have fun and during the summer most local towns offer a lot of things you just have to scope them out!
Our town for instance has some of the greatest following fun things to do for free or ALMOST free!
Summer Moves 3x a week in the mornings $.50 (older movies but kids don't care!)
Free Storytime at the local library
Free bowling for any local bowling alley by signing up at
Free visits to the pool for military under a certain rank or with a special unit (love that we are part of one and get a lot of free or discounted perks like this!) Or the local city pool has a little nemo pool for 5 and under that is $1 admission in the mornings!
Toddler Time at the local community center for $2 per child! This is for 5 and under and they put out a bounce house and several ride on toys and lots of fun things to do for the little ones! This is twice a week and a low cost way to have fun and get the little one out of the house and have social time!
The possibilities are really endless! I mean these are just some local things offered aside from the good old fashion type of fun like pic nics in the park, flying a kite, camping out, etc! Just something to make the kids feel like they have a special treat!
So yesterday we went into town and we went to see the $.50 movie which was Hotel Transilvania which just happened to be a movie we had not seen yet so that was REALLY a special treat for everyone! My 3yr old said "mom I'm going to a REAL movie theater???" then told me while loading her up on some popcorn that I was her best friend! lol now we go to the real movies fairly often for really good movies for the kids but she doesn't get to attend a lot because she's just now getting old enough to really be quiet! One way I cut down on cost when there is I get a combo for us all to share and use little cups to split the popcorn between all the kids so they feel like they have their own but I'm not buying $4-5 kids combos for each of them which can get very very pricey and they get less then what I'm giving them!
Once the movie was over we headed over to the pool on post with the old neighbors kids and new neighbors as well! The kids had a lot of fun spending the day out there and mamma got a little burned! I normally don't get burned but I guess mamma has been out of the sun way to long lol

Fruit Salad

11:40 AM Posted by The Cookie Cutter Diva 0 comments
just a quick fix for a little healthy snack for all of the kids!

2 cups Grapes
1 can Manderine Oranges
2 chopped up Apples
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup confectioners sugar

Peanutty Peanut Butter Cookies

11:35 AM Posted by The Cookie Cutter Diva 0 comments

Made these last night and hubby wasn't to huge of a fan but kids loved them for something different!
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup crunchy peanut butter
1/4 cup margarine or butter, softened
1/4 cup shortening
1 egg
1 cup flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup coarsely crushed frosted corn flakes cereal
3 tbs sugar

heat over to 375.
In large bowl, combine brown sugar, peanut butter, and shortening; beat until fluffy. Add egg; blend well
Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup; level off. Add flour, baking soda, baking powder; mix well. Stir in cereal.
Roll into tablespoonfuls of dough and cook for 7-10 minutes