The extraordinary burden of IEPs on moms

Imagine this, parents. Imagine you are envisioning your child’s future, and the different pieces of his/her future are trading cards. And you say, “Ok, I will give you this card for safety, and in exchange, I get to keep all the cards for food.” And imagine you had to play this game with your school: […]

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Life Hacks for the Autism Mom

The day after we received my son’s diagnosis, I didn’t blow dry my hair. I just put it back in a bun and thought, “Well,I’d better get used to this. The sound of the dryer is always going to bother him, so I might as well give up on looking presentable.” (Clearly I am not […]

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She never gives up

Imitation: the assumption of behavior observed in other individuals.  Examples: Children learn by imitation of adults.   Charles Caleb Colton said, “Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery.” Nothing can be more true than when the imitation comes from your child. At school, for Mother’s Day, Grant (my NT, 9 year-old son) was asked to […]

7 things I wish I had known when my daughter was diagnosed

Birthdays and anniversaries always make me nostalgic, particularly now that I am a little older. My oldest child recently turned 16 and I spent some time thinking about how far we have all come in her lifetime. I thought about when she was first diagnosed with autism. My mother had died only a couple of […]

To the parents of newly diagnosed children on the spectrum

UK – I was extremely lucky when my son was first diagnosed with autism, and to be honest, I was extremely lucky for the year and a half before be was diagnosed. The reason being that I was well supported by professionals and parents who understood what was going on in my life; they understood […]

Can A Dorm Be Home?

After recent articles in the news about the best places for autistic adults to live, I started to rethink the issue of housing for my daughter. She is in high school and currently looking at colleges. This is a huge step for us, as it is for everyone, and a major concern is housing. Many […]

A different kind of tired

I get a little tired of always explaining my son’s behaviors.  It’s not that it’s annoying and it’s not that it takes a lot of time.  Sometimes, I just don’t feel like doing it.  I just want to do what we need to do and go on with our day. I want folks to just […]

Sometimes you have to throw up the white flag and say “enough”!

The past few months have been really difficult around our house. Hunter has been shutting down, slowly but surely. Things became much worse when we returned home from my Grandmother’s funeral in March. I don’t know if it was her death; the fact that it was around spring break; the extra week off because of […]

Maybe my opinion does matter…at least a little

Several months ago, during a car ride home from school, Hunter informed me that my opinion didn’t matter to him. This shouldn’t come as a shock to me. He pretty much says that through his actions each and every day. After all, he is a teenager who also has Asperger’s Syndrome. He tells me what he is thinking, […]

When special needs children appear to have unlearned skills they possessed

This article has bee reprinted with the kind permission of Mari Nosal M.Ed. It originally appeared on the blog, Taking the Diss out of Disabled. Being the parent of a child with special needs can produce a myriad of emotions that are connected to our children’s growth and development. Some of those emotions will be […]

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