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Autistics Speak, and We Want Your Questions!
September 30, 2011 6:38 AM by Devon Alley
On November 1st, I will be participating in an event referred to as Autistics Speaking Day , or #ASDay. This is a day where autistic people throughout the Internet help promote autism awareness and autism acceptance by letting their voice be heard on Read More...
Vacation Part Three: The Ocean is the Best Sensory Diet Ever
September 28, 2011 10:45 AM by Devon Alley
This is the conclusion to a 3 part series on our summer vacation. To read part 1 click here . To read part 2 click here . Now, I should preface this post with the fact that I haven't spent a whole lot of time in the Gulf. Most of A. and I's beach experiences Read More...
A. the Glamorous Vampire
September 28, 2011 7:36 AM by Devon Alley
As I've posted before, Halloween is often a very difficult time for A. She's not a fan of the holiday, she is easily scared by the spooky items that are so popular around Halloween, and even getting her to dress as her favorite Nintendo characters and Read More...
These Little Conversations
September 25, 2011 10:43 PM by Devon Alley
There was a time she wouldn't talk to me. There was a time she wouldn't make eye contact with me at all. There was a time when her vocabulary consisted only of "no" and "goldfish" and the sign-language signal for "more." There was a time we spent hours Read More...
Conversations on Autistic Advocacy
September 23, 2011 6:24 AM by Devon Alley
I am woefully behind on finishing my catalog of our vacation experiences, and I have been promising A. for weeks that I would spend some time highlighting some incredible growth in her artistic ability, so I definitely have a lot of catching up to do Read More...
Vacation Part Two: The Gulfarium
September 16, 2011 6:48 PM by Devon Alley
This is part 2 of a 3 part series on our summer vacation. To read part 1 click here . To read part 3 click here . On Monday, it seemed as if Tropical Storm Lee was finally beginning to shake its last bits of rain on the coast and opted instead to move Read More...
Vacation Part One: Weathering the Storms
September 15, 2011 11:38 AM by Devon Alley
This is part 1 of a 3 part series on our summer vacation. To read part 2 click here . To read part 3 click here . So, the first week of September, we had a Big Alley Family Vacation. This was A. and I's first time participating in this time-honored tradition Read More...
When Your Autistic Kid Helps You Get Through Your Own Meltdown
September 9, 2011 11:44 PM by Devon Alley
I have a lot of wonderful stories to tell -- about our wonderful vacation, about A.'s continuing success and emerging challenges at school -- but, tonight, I want to focus on an event that happened this evening, which really helped me put things into Read More...
So Far, So Good
September 1, 2011 6:35 AM by Devon Alley
I almost hate to post anything, because as sure as I do, I might jinx it all, but -- A. has been doing amazingly well in middle school so far. It's weird, because I completely anticipated that my daughter would completely fall to pieces after the first Read More...


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