Autism can be a mess. I'd been tracking Little Bird's (my daughter's) activities and behaviors each day, looking for answers. For years. Was this therapy working? Was that supplement helping? How sensitive to gluten is she?
I started with paper notebooks, but that turned into a chore, more than anything. So I designed a table in Microsoft Word, printed off a hundred copies, and punched them into a 3-ring binder. I tracked sleep, supplements, poop, and general behavioral notes each day-- one sheet per day.
There has to be a better way.
But then what? New therapists would page through "the binder" to get an understanding of Little Bird, but still, how do we make sense of tons of paper notes and actually see trends, patterns, and correlations? After all, wasn't that the point of taking all these notes in the first place?
When Ben came into our lives, he couldn't believe the amount of effort it took to do something that should be simple. With the amount of amazing technology available to us for even the most trivial of things, why is something as important as making sure one's child is succeeding plagued by primitive and inadequate tools? Ben said, "we can do better."
We designed Birdhouse to help our family, your family, and countless other families out there. Some say Autism is a gift, but it certainly comes with its share of challenges for everyone involved. If we can help make Autism easier for your child and your family, we're all on our way to a brighter future.
Let's make Autism easier.
Autism can be tough. There are far more questions than there are answers. Our hope is that Birdhouse can help you answer some of those questions, and learn more about your child in the process. Our kids can't always tell us how they're feeling, or what they're thinking, and that can lead us parents to feeling helpless. Birdhouse puts you back in the drivers seat by giving you the tools you need to succeed– or even just to feel a sense of organization and calm in the chaos.
We hope it works for your family as well as it works for ours. Please let us know how we can help.
From our nest to yours,
Dani, Ben, & Little Bird
Let us help you get it together. And keep it together.
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