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November 2011 - Posts

From Inside the Puzzle: Raising a Child with Autism Blog

What's In A Diagnosis?
November 29, 2011 9:53 PM by Devon Alley
About a month ago, I was marveling at the eerie similarity between my tween daughter and my own young tween self -- the obsession with specific musical artists, the lingering focus on imagination, the intense devotion to creative projects, the difficulty Read More...
Five Things to be Thankful For
November 27, 2011 9:01 PM by Devon Alley
Be Thankful for Thanksgiving. This is actually a new prospect for me. Historically, Thanksgiving has been one of my least favorite holidays. When I was a quasi-anorexic goth adolescent, I wasn't really interested in a holiday centered around consuming Read More...
She Needs Her Space
November 22, 2011 5:14 PM by Devon Alley
When I picked up A. this afternoon, she was in a pretty rotten mood. She was standing in a different part of the outdoor porch, her head hung down. She didn't want to tell me anything was wrong, but I eventually got out of her that she ended up going Read More...
The Plot Thickens
November 18, 2011 4:26 PM by Devon Alley
As you may or may not have known, A. has had an imaginary friend for several years now -- her sidekick, 02, who is based on a creature from a Kirby video game. He looks like a gigantic bleeding eyeball with wings and a halo. Well, today, as we were coming Read More...
Flipping The Lids
November 17, 2011 4:27 PM by Devon Alley
A. struggled a bit with her homework last night. It was an understandable struggle -- A. had been sent home early on Tuesday because she threw up in the cafeteria (even though she apparently just choked on some apple juice which is what caused the problem, Read More...
Building Character
November 15, 2011 3:42 PM by Devon Alley
We have this understanding in our household. There are many times when Thomas and I will ask A. to do something that she would really rather not do at all. Whenever we do, we reference one of her favorite series -- Calvin and Hobbes. "It builds character," Read More...
Autistic Metaphors in Edward Scissorhands
November 11, 2011 10:21 PM by Devon Alley
I ran across an interesting article on the Autisable website by Leisa A. Hammett discussing an all-too-familiar scenario -- where a well-meaning stranger discovers that you have a child with autism and immediately delivers a comprehensive treatise on Read More...
From the Archives: Birth Story
November 10, 2011 1:04 PM by Devon Alley
From 1997 - 2008, I kept a fairly regular online journal where I catalogued not only my own adventures, but also my adventures with my daughter. I wanted to start sharing some of those earlier entries here. Many of the readers of From Inside The Puzzle Read More...
A.'s First Band Concert
November 4, 2011 8:10 AM by Devon Alley
So, on Tuesday night -- the evening of Autistics Speaking Day -- my daughter performed in the 6th grade band concert: her first band concert ever. She's only been playing the trumpet for a couple of months now, and she was incredibly nervous about the Read More...
A. Speaks for Autistics Speaking Day!
November 1, 2011 4:26 PM by Devon Alley
My name is Devon Alley, and I am mother to an amazing, 12-year-old autistic girl. I spend most of my effort and energy in this blog writing about her from the perspective of a parent. In order to better recognize Autistics Speaking Day , I thought it Read More...


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