Autism and Spatial Intelligence

Does anyone have a special needs child that has gone through neurocognitive testing? My 8yo autistic son is going through some "stuff" right now, and it's just nice to know that I might not be alone.

Yesterday he took a standardized math test that they expected the 3rd graders to fail because it's stuff that they haven't EVER been taught. Well...ONE kid passed, and passed with a high score, and finished in 20 minutes while the rest of the kids took 45 minutes.

Yup, MY kid. The kid that can't get himself dressed properly, that can't hold a pencil or hardly write (he can, it's just LABORIOUS) And while he HATES to read, he also scored at the end of the 3rd grade year in reading, which puts him ahead in that area as well. Not leaps and bounds like in math, but still ahead.

It just so happened that I had scheduled his normal psych appt for TODAY and the doctor wants him tested for Neurocognitive IQ/Achievement. He also recommends an additional behavior specialist through school for extra help and wants him evaluated for occupational therapy for assistance in handwriting skills.

He said if it wasn't for the fact that the boy is just a natural athlete he might think he also had Developmental Coordination Disorder.

But he really thinks his Spatial Intelligence is off the charts.

Honestly this might explain A LOT about Ronin. He LOVES school. LOVES it. Ronin has "atypical autism" he is SUPER friendly, LOVES (most) people, and is a social butterfly. But he LOVES maps. He needs to know WHERE he is AT ALL TIMES.

So we're in this wait and see mode, and I'm just sort of trying to wrap MY head around what all this means for him, and for our family. I'm honestly concerned about the Neurocognitive testing because of the time required to "just sit" as that is an area that Ronin really struggles with.

This is a really interesting article on Aspergers and Spatial Intelligence. And while Ronin doesn't have Aspergers I still found the article interesting. Do I have too much testosterone and passed it on to Ronin?? But I need to do more research.

So...tell me I'm not alone. Have some of you been through this?? Something like this??

And...he's still non-medicated and the doctor wants to keep him that way!



Push Away the Screen: Summer Never Has to End

Disclosure: Due to my association with the Tampa Bay Bloggers, my family and I were invited to experience a day of fun at TradeWinds Resort. No compensation was received. All opinions are our own.

 Living in Florida it seems like it is summer all-year-round. Truth of the matter is, it feels like it is. Weather wise, anyway.

But just like in every other part of the country, our kids return to school, the days get dark earlier, and eventually our weather cools down, but just a tad, and not for long.

But living in Florida means that we can get a taste of summer very quickly, even if it's just for the day.


By taking a day trip down to St. Pete Beach for some fun at TradeWinds Resort!!

We arrived bright and early and before I could even apply sunscreen the #TampaTrio were already by the water's edge longing to go for a swim!

With Splash Island Water Park looming in the distance, the High Tide Water Slide within arm's reach, and the stand-up paddleboards out on display, these three were rip, roaring, ready to go!

With our "all access" wrist bands we had full use of ALL the amenities on the property including Triple Wipe Out, Bucky the Shark, Mini Golf, Paddleboats, Bungee Trampoline, and all the swimming pools their hearts could desire!

But I am only one mama, with three very active kids, so we had to take turns on deciding on what to do. And sweet little Ella was nursing a broken rib and sore back from a fall a few days earlier, so we had to make sure to take time for her to rest as well.


Haley and Ronin each took their own board while Ella sat down and rode along as I paddled.

Haley was a PRO! She should be. We've done it before. Ronin didn't really go anywhere and I was highly amused.

Ronin really wanted a chance to ride Bucky having just watched Sharknado 2 a few weeks prior.

He didn't last long, and once again I was amused. Laughing

Then he found something that he LOVED to do and it was hard to get him off!

I'm pretty sure by the look on his face and the air under his feet that you can tell that he was really enjoying himself! He was having the time of his life and a perma smile quickly found a way to his face!

We did have to stop for an amazing lunch! Afterall, we needed more fuel to keep going for the rest of the day!

We had grilled chicken, beans, and an amazing assortment of gluten free desserts! So tasty!

An afternoon rainstorm forced us to explore other parts of the property and we found ourselves over at the Guy Harvey Outpost. WHAT A GEM!!! As a former marine biologist, and a forever ocean lover, this place was a paradise to me and the kids.

Guy's artwork was on display throughout the resort and the kids and I had a great time exploring!

We eventually found the tank from the TV show TANKED (we're huge fans!!) and the kids gazed in awe at all the local fish.

In true Florida fashion, the storm was short lived and we were back outside!

There was quite the long line for the trampoline, but eventually Haley and Ronin got their turn!

Haley played it safe and just bounced up and down as high as she could.

Ronin tends to live on the wild side and likes to look at his world upside down. Wink

Of course, interlaced between all these activities we swam in the pools, we played our own version of Sharknado, and we bonded together as a family.

We truly had a great day, and can't wait to return! Thankfully we don't have to wait until summertime!!

Relentless Life September 7-13

Wozers what a week it was!!

I spent nearly ALL of Sunday with this lady.

She's a badass. But I didn't get the chance to WOD with her. Which is a-okay in my book. Instead I got hours and hours and hours of nutrition advice, which I greatly need right now.

Sunday-REST DAY!! As I mentioned above, I spent the day with Christmas. I came home and the kids, James and I went on a bike ride through our neighborhood. It was quite nice Smile

Steps: 8,195 (lots of sitting in the seminar. Now I know how working folks feel!!)

Calories: 376

Monday-CROSSFIT! I walked into my box ready to really work. I had my new #RelentlessLife diet plan all ready to go, and I was pumped!

I started off my morning with a protein shake, worked out, walked 2 miles, came home and an hour later re-fueled!

I did a bunch of chores around the house, laundry, kitchen cleaning, the stuff that I normally do, and then returned to CrossFit En Fuego a few hours later for the kids to do their CrossFit Kids class.

Faces blurred to protect those kids who don't have blogger parents.

I did get a little "hangry" earlier in the evening, but I was still really trying to wrap my head around this whole block thing.

Steps: 16,319

Calories: 826

Tuesday-CROSSFIT! I spent a bit of time on Monday night reading all about blocks, and I had a BREAKTHROUGH and it all finally started to make sense!! And it was so easy. Sometimes it just takes me a bit longer to figure things out! Tongue Out Christmas was great about answering my questions, and offering advice on meals.

For breakfast I had my protein shake again (I'm loving these!!) and headed into my box.

The WOD was supposed to be a partner WOD, but I did it alone; for 2 reasons. 1) I wanted to go heavier on my power cleans, and Coach only wanted one bar per partner team, and 2) I'm modifying my bar facing burpees and I didn't want to slow anyone down and have them wait on me, so I just figured it'd be easier to go at it alone. So I did. I took a 60-90 second rest between each round. I'm not totally sure how many I completed, but I'm guessing it was about 10. I should have kept track.

I had to hustle after the WOD to take Ronin to the dentist to get his first ever cavity filled. It was not a good experience for him. He doesn't react well to anesthesia, and while he wasn't going to be "knocked out" I did let the dentist know of his adverse reactions. They assured me that he'd be fine with the "happy gas." Um....not so much. After about 10 minutes they came out to get me. Apparently while they were holding the mask over his nose he tried to bite, kick, and pinch them. So they came to get me and gave me 2 options. 1) They could totally sedate him (either orally or IV) and 2) I could try to get him to take the "happy gas." I decided to start with option 2.

They ended up calling me the "ASD Whisper." But really I'm just mom. I can calm him down, and get him to relax. So he got his cavity filled and I'm pretty sure that's an experience he NEVER wants to go through again, so I'm hoping this means he'll brush his teeth a little better. Tongue Out

After the dentist we hustled over to the other side of town to pick up our weekly produce! YUMMY!!

I immediately made Zoodles with onions and tomatoes and thought I prepped enough for the week.

Steps: 16,801

Calories: 628

Wednesday-CROSSFIT!! Again I started my morning with a protein shake. I was feeling really good and ready to tackle what ever my day had in store for me!

But I wasn't expecting that WOD! LOL. But I did it. I set a goal of rowing the 2000m in under 10 minutes and I DID IT!! Laughing I was really proud of that!!

And I don't run. Not at all. Not with my foot the way it is. So I walked 2 miles instead. Not really for time, just to walk.

And then I came home and had ground turkey meat with my zoodle mix. It was SUPER GOOD!!

And then I went for some physical therapy on my foot, and my doctor determined that I have an uneven pelvis and overcompensate on my left side. So he adjusted my squat stance and let me tell you...IT MADE A HUGE DIFFERENCE.

Wednesday night the kids had CrossFit and Ronin had CubScouts.You'd think a WOD like this would tire the boy out. But no. He went scouting where he had to continue to do PE type exercises. He didn't crash for quite some time!

Ronin was once again TOP popcorn seller for his Den, so a HUGE thanks to our friends and family. And you can order your own popcorn HERE.

Wednesday was a busy day!

Steps: 14,867

Calories: 578


Thurday-CROSSFIT! It was 9-11 so I pretty much knew that we'd have one heck of a WOD. I arrived at the box only to realize that I had left my heart rate strap and transmitter at home. WHAT?? I never do that, but at the last minute I changed purses and didn't switch out that ever important pocket. I made a spur of the moment decision to quickly head home for my gear. I had a goal of my own to burn 911 calories, and I needed my stuff to make sure that happened.


Back Squats
1 x 8 @ 65%
1 x 8 @ 70%
1 x 8 @ 75%
1 x 8 @ 80%

Front Squats
1 x 5 @ 60%
1 x 5 @ 65%
2 x 5 @ 70%

"9-11 Tribute WOD"
*In a 3 person “Engine Company” Team complete a 25 minute AMRAP of:

- 110 Power Snatches
(representing the 110 floors of WTC Tower 1)
- 110 Burpee Pull-Ups
(representing the 110 floors of WTC Tower 2)
- 343 Double Unders
(representing the 343 lost Firefighters)
* Stair Climbs

We made it through ALL the back squats and ONE round of front squats before time was called and we had to stop so that we had enough time to complete our Tribute WOD.

Our WOD was tough, but in teams of 3 we cheered each other on, and we finished!

I was feeling sad, and cried a few times remembering how horrible that day was 13 years ago.

I didn't watch the news, I just couldn't bring myself to do it. The memory will forever live with me. I don't need to rehash it with video footage.

But something cheered me up.

A beautiful pair of Reebok Lifters!!! They are absolutely BEAUTIFUL. I can't wait to wear them on Monday night when I do my squat program. Combined with my new squat stance, I am picturing a new PR in my future!! You can see more about the Reebok Lifters HERE.

It was so nice to actually not have to rush out and do anything on Thursday night. We just chilled out at home and all 5 of us got to bed nice and early!

Steps: 20,482

Calories: 912

FRIDAY-REST DAY! Can you believe it? An honest to goodness rest day!! I am still in shock myself. Why a rest day? Only because I had to take Ella to a doctor's appt for her back. She injured herself in early August after slipping on a "ride" at a local restaurant and after suffering from a broken rib, and injured back, the pain in the back just hasn't gotten any better after nearly 5 weeks, so off we went to the doctor. We left with a RX for Physical Therapy for 6-8 weeks 2-3 times per week. I'm already stressing thinking about how I'm going to add that in to an already stressful life. But I'll make it work.

The girls are participating in Google Start Up Weekend Tampa Youth, so I spent a majority of Friday evening shuttling them back and forth. It's well worth it, though my step count is weekly low for the day. It truly was a rest day.

Steps: 9,701

Saturday-REST DAY!! Well, it was supposed to be a rest day. After getting my girls off to SWTampa, I came home, did some laundry, cleaned the kitchen and told my husband and son that we were heading out NOW for a bike ride. 

We did 12 miles. Ronin and I stayed together while the husband cycled a little bit faster, so he got in a little more miles. But even after all of that cycling, Ronin still had a TON of energy left! This kid just never stops!

We went out for lunch to Chili's and they were more than happy to make me a #RelentlessLife lunch!

We spent the rest of Saturday (well, I spent the rest of Saturday) doing laundry, picking up children, and writing this post. Tongue Out Ronin and James relaxed and watched the movie Bears. It was cute, I could hear the film while I was typing, and would glance up and see some of the documentary. Very well done.

Steps: I'm aiming for 10,000.

Calories: 859 (that's from the time we left home, until we got back, so not all is activity burn.)

And that was my week!! How was your week??