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From Inside the Puzzle: Raising a Child with Autism Blog

Post-Thanksgiving Hangovers Yield Good Thoughts
November 29, 2009 10:39 PM by Devon Alley
Somehow, the entire family seems to be suffering from some sort of stomach bug. I was actually considering "opting out" of posting tonight considering that I feel rather woozy and slightly dehydrated. I was playing SIMS 3 instead, which my mother graciously Read More...
Things to be Thankful For
November 24, 2009 5:35 AM by Devon Alley
It's so very easy to focus on the challenges -- on the things that baffle me, frustrate me, or otherwise make me want to pull my hair out -- when it comes to this crazy adventure of raising an autistic daughter. But there is so very much I have to be Read More...
Skate Night
November 21, 2009 6:35 PM by Devon Alley
The local roller skating rink partners with Aisling's school and hosts specific "Skate Nights" where children of the elementary school and parents are invited, and a small amount of the proceeds of the evening are donated to one of the many various fundraising Read More...
How Day Care Centers Can Help
November 19, 2009 5:27 AM by Devon Alley
Another extremely positive factor that contributed to Aisling's early development was her first daycare experience -- the Little Buccaneers Student Child Care Center . I was attending East Tennessee State University at the time, working towards finishing Read More...
Care and Comfort
November 13, 2009 9:02 PM by Devon Alley
As I suspected, the week progressed, and things looked much brighter. In fact, I’d even say that come Wednesday, Aisling was practically flourishing. When I picked Aisling up from the day care center Wednesday afternoon, she was playing at the computer Read More...
And the Best Mother of the Year Award Goes To...
November 11, 2009 7:57 PM by Devon Alley
I definitely don’t think it will be me. It was just one of those days. I picked up Aisling from her new daycare, and she immediately fell into the usual tears, complaining that she hadn’t finished her homework, complaining that the kids at daycare were Read More...
Adventures in Speech Therapy
November 9, 2009 7:26 PM by Devon Alley
When Aisling was two years old, she started going to speech therapy. I wasn’t sure what to expect, at first. The only word she used appropriately with any consistency was the word “no.” She’d been evaluated, and she had severe speech delays for her age. Read More...
A Much Better Week
November 5, 2009 4:53 AM by Devon Alley
I wanted to thank everyone for their encouraging comments and posts to my latest entry. It always helps to know that I'm not alone in this, and to hear some reassurance from others who have their own history of experience to pull from. I imagine all parents Read More...


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