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A Look Back at an Awesome 2011
December 30, 2011 12:06 PM by Devon Alley
I spent the early hours of the morning polishing up a post on my other blog looking at all of the major events and accomplishments in my life throughout 2011 , but I felt as if I also needed to specifically point out some of what I felt were A.'s greatest Read More...
From the Archives: Autism is a Roller-Coaster
December 29, 2011 12:22 PM by Devon Alley
Even before I knew A. had autism, life was often a roller-coaster for us. The following excerpts document the intense highs and extreme lows of just a couple of weeks in August of 2001. I also document A.'s first day at day care here. August 17th: A. Read More...
A Very Merry Christmas
December 27, 2011 1:08 PM by Devon Alley
[ Here's a pic of A. in a santa hat .] This may have been one of the smoothest Christmases we've had so far. Honestly, I attribute this mostly to the amazing progress A. has made this year, and how much she's grown her maturity and sense of responsibility. Read More...
From the Archives: Lobster and Chicken Nuggets
December 22, 2011 5:10 PM by Devon Alley
On August 11th, 2001, I received A.'s "official diagnosis" of Developmental Expressive-Receptive Language Disorder, and I wrote this online journal entry. In hindsight, the lobster vs. chicken nuggets metaphor is probably a bit belabored, but I think Read More...
The Thinking Person's Guide to Autism
December 21, 2011 10:09 AM by Devon Alley
The Thinking Person's Guide to Autism is finally available for purchase! I'm so very excited to add this particular book to my collection, and I intend on donating at least one copy to my local library, as well. Even though I'm still waiting on my copy Read More...
Assistant Dungeon Master
December 20, 2011 5:07 AM by Devon Alley
I have to preface this post with an announcement that should be obvious after you've finished reading this entry -- that I have the most awesome friends in the world. Once every month or so, my group of nerdy friends and I make our way to the Blevins Read More...
From the Archives: Noticing All The Quirks
December 15, 2011 5:36 AM by Devon Alley
In the summer of 2001, I had A.'s hearing tested multiple times, and all of the audiologists were in agreement -- there was absolutely nothing wrong with her hearing. As I spent more time researching things on the Internet, I learned more about autism, Read More...
She’s Got an Ear for Music
December 14, 2011 10:34 AM by Devon Alley
So, my daughter, who has been working with the trumpet (an instrument she doesn't really like) for months in the hopes of eventually moving on to the drums, tried out for the percussion section and made it without a problem. When I touched base with her Read More...
Girls and Women on the Autism Spectrum - Webinar
December 13, 2011 7:02 PM by Devon Alley
It will never cease to amaze me just how many resources are available for autistic people and their families. I was taking one of my walking breaks at work this afternoon, when I noticed The Thinking Person's Guide to Autism Twitter account announcing Read More...
From the Archives: The Doctor Says Something's Wrong Here
December 9, 2011 9:15 AM by Devon Alley
I first got the idea that there might be something "different" about my daughter on May 15th, 2001, when I took her to visit with her primary care physician, and he suggested that she might have a hearing problem. It completely threw me off-guard, because Read More...
It's A Wonderful Trip to the Movies
December 8, 2011 10:27 AM by Devon Alley
Sometimes, the amount of progress A. has made over the last year is absolutely staggering. Movies have always been difficult for A. - even movies that she's extremely interested in. Extremely dramatic moments and films have always terrified her if we Read More...
The Stories We Tell
December 1, 2011 4:31 PM by Devon Alley
On Tuesday, when my therapist told me she refused to diagnose me with Asperger's, she talked a little about Einstein. She said that Einstein was obviously a very bizarre person, but that he did very incredible things. Many people retroactively "diagnose" Read More...


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