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From Inside the Puzzle: Raising a Child with Autism Blog

Mommas, Don't Let Your Babies Find Out About Rick Astley
July 28, 2011 6:54 PM by Devon Alley
I don't know really remember how it happened. We might have overheard "Never Gonna Give You Up" by Rick Astley on the overhead speakers in the grocery store. A. might have asked about a video she'd found on the Internet. She might have simply pulled up Read More...
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Teacher Visits and Sweet Gestures
July 25, 2011 7:53 PM by Devon Alley
Yesterday, we arranged for a "playdate" for A., and invited her special education teacher from last year over to the house for a visit. A. had already given Ms. B. a tentative invite before school had ended -- she'd wanted to show her the house, her projects, Read More...
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The Pre-Teenage Blues
July 19, 2011 7:19 PM by Devon Alley
It's difficult being a preteen. It's difficult being autistic. This mean it must be especially difficult to be an autistic preteen. At least once a month, my daughter comes home from daycare crying. Usually -- like today -- this crying spell accompanies Read More...
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Can I Speak To You In Private?
July 14, 2011 8:01 PM by Devon Alley
It's amazing to me how A. always tends to plateau with her development -- she'll go a few months without any real tangible milestones at all, and sometimes she'll even regress a little -- but then she'll just explode out of the blue with a new skill that Read More...
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What if *I'm* on the Spectrum?
July 12, 2011 8:02 PM by Devon Alley
It's a consideration that nags at me from time to time, when I find myself navigating a confusing world with memorized scripts for social situations, or freezing up when I can't understand what someone is saying over the phone (which happens to me a lot), Read More...
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Autism & Imagination - Other Possible Misconceptions
July 8, 2011 8:27 PM by Devon Alley
Earlier in the week, I linked to the amazing site Autism and Empathy , which already has several posts dispelling common myths about autistic individuals lacking a sense of empathy. Today, however, I'd like to focus on what I believe may be another common Read More...
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Empathy & Autism - A Website
July 4, 2011 10:30 AM by Devon Alley
A few months ago, I wrote an entry about Autism & Empathy in response to this Thinking Person's Guide to Autism post as well as Robert MacNeil's comments about autistic individuals lacking empathy . This post is now being featured on the new website Read More...
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