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From Inside the Puzzle: Raising a Child with Autism Blog

November's Been A Good Month
November 30, 2010 9:35 PM by Devon Alley
A. brought her mid-term report card home last week. She's making all B's and C's, and she's actually making an A in Work Habits. It's really amazing the progress that A. has been making in school ever since she moved to the CDC classroom. There have been Read More...
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Sneaky McSneak Sneak
November 29, 2010 10:48 PM by Devon Alley
There seems to have been an underlying theme for the holidays, and that theme is Sneakiness. A. started off the holiday weekend by weaseling her way into a shortened school day on Tuesday, the last day of school before Thanksgiving Break. The whole family Read More...
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There Is No Life I Know To Compare With Pure Imagination
November 17, 2010 10:23 PM by Devon Alley
Occasionally, I am absolutely floored by A.'s developing sense of self-awareness. A. has had a really good day today. Actually, she's had a really good week. As we climb higher and higher on this leg of the roller-coaster, I keep bracing for the inevitable Read More...
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In Celebration of the Good Days
November 13, 2010 8:54 PM by Devon Alley
While I was at work Friday afternoon, I received a phone call from A.'s teacher. Initially, I was concerned -- perhaps she'd fallen sick, perhaps she'd had another uncontrollable meltdown, perhaps there was some other crisis that would require my intervention Read More...
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Lessons in Cultural Sensitivity
November 11, 2010 10:56 PM by Devon Alley
I'm not sure if this is a common issue with other autistic families, but it's definitely been an issue that has come up more than once for A. This would be the issue of cultural sensitivity. How do you explain the nuance of political correctness and topics Read More...
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Sometimes, You've Got To Play With Your Food.
November 5, 2010 2:31 PM by Devon Alley
Autism Spectrum children almost always have a very complicated relationship with food. Often, it's a sensory issue -- tastes, smells, and textures of food can be overwhelming to over-sensitive senses and can make the simple act of trying new foods a stressful Read More...
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Sick Days Make Everything Hard
November 4, 2010 10:13 PM by Devon Alley
Do you know what's harder than mothering an autistic child while working two jobs, trying to keep up with your writing, and attempting to continue a fitness regimen? Trying to do all of this when you're sick as a dog. As Thomas can attest, I tend to be Read More...
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