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From Inside the Puzzle: Raising a Child with Autism Blog

The Ups and Downs of Halloween
October 31, 2010 8:31 PM by Devon Alley
Halloween has definitely been a mixed bag this year -- no pun intended. First of all, we had a great deal of success with A.'s costume this year. She wanted to be a Pokemon trainer -- specifically, Dawn, the character that trains the Pokemon Piplup. I Read More...
A.'s First Week in CDC
October 30, 2010 4:46 PM by Devon Alley
A.'s first week in the full-time CDC classroom has been quite a success. Of course, we've all been warned that this may just be a "honeymoon period," that A. may just be excited to be out of the mainstream classroom she hated so much. I am, however, cautiously Read More...
Invisible Issues: When High Functioning Is Hard
October 29, 2010 12:22 AM by Devon Alley
In many respects, the "high functioning" descriptor of A.'s autism diagnosis has been a bit of a godsend. Until very recently, A. had been able to manage herself quite well in a mainstream classroom with neurotypical peers. She is very intelligent and Read More...
One Step Back, Two Steps Forward
October 27, 2010 11:18 PM by Devon Alley
Sometimes, you have to take one step back in order to take two steps forward. At A.'s long-anticipated and much-needed IEP Meeting this past Friday, the team decided that A.'s behavior issues needed intense monitoring and guidance, the sort of attention Read More...
The Power of Community
October 25, 2010 9:59 PM by Devon Alley
I know that it goes without saying and that it's an incredibly obvious statement, but -- it's good to know you're not alone. I have watched my child struggle to understand language, nuance, facial expressions, puns, plays on words, sarcasms, and simple Read More...
Thomas the Amazing Math Tutor
October 21, 2010 10:25 AM by Devon Alley
Last week, I received one of those all-too-familiar emails from A.'s teacher. This one was informing me that A. had suffered a very intense meltdown at school that day, a meltdown that was so intense that A. was removed from the classroom for the rest Read More...
Family Visitations & Chimney Rock
October 18, 2010 10:56 AM by Devon Alley
I really could not have asked for a better-behaved A. over the duration of Fall Break. Despite the fact that we completely messed up her routine from day-to-day, and despite the fact that we spent an incredible amount of time in the car, A. remained in Read More...
Preparing for Fall Break
October 12, 2010 5:27 AM by Devon Alley
It's been difficult to find time to sit down and blog, lately. It's rather unfortunate, too, because I actually have a long list of subjects that I definitely want to tackle and discuss, but each one of them will take a certain amount of time, effort, Read More...
Hot Air Balloons and Kindred Spirits
October 4, 2010 10:38 PM by Devon Alley
Every year, Pellissippi State Community College -- where my fiance is currently employed -- hosts a Hot Air Balloon Festival, where several different pilots show off their balloons to the public on the PSCC campus lawn. There are tethered balloon rides, Read More...


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