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From Inside the Puzzle: Raising a Child with Autism Blog

Summer Begins; Preparing For The Wedding
May 31, 2011 8:55 PM by Devon Alley
Summer has started, and A. is back in the day care center she really enjoys -- the place that totally won her over last year -- and so far it seems to be going fairly well. She still has several friends at the center who are excited to have her back, Read More...
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Awards Day
May 27, 2011 5:01 AM by Devon Alley
I have a confession to make -- I can actually be a pretty horrible parent sometimes. The annual Awards Day ceremonies at A.'s schools have always been one area where I have completely failed. As a working mother, it's not always been easy for me to take Read More...
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The Silliest Things Make You Cry Sometimes
May 24, 2011 4:42 AM by Devon Alley
When you're the parent of an autistic child, the silliest things make you cry sometimes. Sometimes these are sad cries, like whenever A. was about three years old and she was kicked out of a dance class with the instructor talking down her nose at me, Read More...
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Celebrating the Successes
May 18, 2011 9:16 PM by Devon Alley
I've said it before and I will say it again; A. has made so very much progress in the past several months. She's doing a much better job with self-control, coping skills, and behavior management. She's doing a much better job in school, with peers, and Read More...
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The Greatest Field Day Ever
May 16, 2011 7:42 PM by Devon Alley
So, how do you host a Field Day and get your autistic, non-outdoorsy child interested in participating in the activities? Well, you remove the usual competitive nature of the activity, apparently, and then fill the day full of sensory delights like multicolored Read More...
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Some Things Are Hard, Yet Some Things Are Surprisingly Easy
May 10, 2011 7:36 PM by Devon Alley
I have been psyching myself up for all of the major bodily changes that preteen girls have to deal with. I've been reading books on my own, reading books to A., and trying to do everything I could think of to prepare her these inevitable milestones. We've Read More...
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They Grow Up So Fast
May 9, 2011 9:08 PM by Devon Alley
We spent a great deal of this week purchasing new clothes for the family. This was partly due to the fact that Thomas just landed a new job which requires new business clothes and partly due to the fact that A. has managed to outgrow everything she owns. Read More...
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Busy Weekends Good and Bad
May 7, 2011 5:52 PM by Devon Alley
It was a very, very busy weekend last weekend, but overall a very, very good one. I knew that the weekend was going to be rather hectic and full of out-of-routine situations for A., so I sat down with her on Friday night to explain everything that was Read More...
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