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From Inside the Puzzle: Raising a Child with Autism Blog

Getting Through the Bad Days
October 31, 2009 11:43 PM by Devon Alley
It’s often difficult to write about the bad days. This past week has been one struggle after the other. Aisling has been honestly feeling extremely under-the-weather due in large part to sinus drainage and allergies, but I finally discovered on Wednesday Read More...
A Sick Day for Aisling
October 27, 2009 7:34 PM by Devon Alley
Early Monday morning, Aisling’s school nurse called me to let me know she was complaining that her ears were hurting really badly. I tied up a few loose ends at work, made a doctor’s appointment for later in the day, and rushed to the school to pick her Read More...
Boo at the Zoo!
October 25, 2009 2:38 PM by Devon Alley
Several of the companies in Knoxville sponsor a Halloween-themed event each year called Boo at the Zoo , where kids can go trick-or-treating along a "treat trail" set up along the zoo's main routes. There are many other activities available as well, including Read More...
Tools for Talking about the Hard Issues
October 21, 2009 4:51 AM by Devon Alley
When you’re raising an autistic child, even the simplest activities and milestones are severely complicated. Imagine, then, dealing with something as inherently complicated as puberty! I’ve spent several months trying to help Aisling understand that her Read More...
The Importance of Early Intervention
October 17, 2009 7:57 AM by Devon Alley
One of the things I believe helped my daughter’s development more than anything else was how young she was when we discovered there were issues, and how early in her development we were able to get her treatment. I’ve had many conversations with parents Read More...
A "Corn Maze" of Social Skills
October 12, 2009 8:31 PM by Devon Alley
It never ceases to amaze me how the simplest and most routine events can completely highlight all of Aisling’s most autistic traits. I’m also constantly amazed at how these events provide much-needed learning experiences to help my daughter practice social Read More...
Battling Guilt: When Parents Feel at Fault
October 8, 2009 3:33 PM by Devon Alley
Logically, I understand that Autism Spectrum Disorder is still a scientific mystery. No one knows for sure what causes it. There are several strong theories supported by scientific data that point to the possibility of genetic predisposition, but it will Read More...
Welcome to My Blog
October 7, 2009 10:15 AM by Devon Alley
I was a twenty-two-year-old single mother when my beautiful two-year-old daughter was diagnosed with autism. I'd brought Aisling in to the doctor because she was 20 months old and the only word she would use with any consistency or clarity was "no." The Read More...


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