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From Inside the Puzzle: Raising a Child with Autism Blog

From the Archives: Sensory Integration & Poetry
January 26, 2012 11:49 AM by Devon Alley
December 2001 and January 2002 were especially challenging months for me, and I didn't spend much time writing in my online journal. My brother had distanced himself from the family, so he wasn't around to celebrate the holidays with us; my grandfather Read More...
Dare to Dream
January 24, 2012 6:56 AM by Devon Alley
One of the first things I learned when I began to suspect my daughter might be autistic was that I needed to completely let go of all of my expectations about her life. As a young and clueless single mother, I didn't have very many expectations to begin Read More...
From the Archives: Sorrow, Creativity, & Improvements
January 19, 2012 8:10 PM by Devon Alley
Twelve days after the last post I shared from my journal archives , it was September 11th, 2001. Like many others, I was horrified, stunned, and confused by the events of that day and the ensuing aftermath that followed. The intense devastation I felt Read More...
The Drama of Almost-But-Not-Quite Snow Days
January 13, 2012 4:51 PM by Devon Alley
The last few posts in this blog have been extremely positive, haven't they? I guess it's because things have been, in general, going so well for A., and I've been excited about her progress and accomplishments lately. Well, just so you know I'm not 100% Read More...
From the Archives: A Spoonful of Sugar to Make the Bad Days Go Down
January 12, 2012 5:34 PM by Devon Alley
This was written the day after the really bad day at day care that I posted in this entry . It's testimony again to the roller-coaster effect of life on the spectrum, but it also speaks a great deal to the celebration aspect I mentioned in Tuesday's post Read More...
Autism is an Unexpected Party
January 10, 2012 6:44 AM by Devon Alley
For some reason, I've been reading a lot of negative and depressing posts about autism lately. I'm guessing this may be because Extreme Makeover Home Edition is coming to my hometown, and since Jenny McCarthy is coming to Knoxville as part of that project, Read More...
From the Archives: Ground Control Calling My Daughter...
January 5, 2012 10:33 PM by Devon Alley
Shortly after A. started attending day care, she had an incident where she completely withdrew from everyone. In hindsight, she was probably reacting to the sensory and social overstimulation that would naturally happen in a new environment like that; Read More...
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
January 4, 2012 12:46 PM by Devon Alley
We'd been without our A. for about a week; she left with my mother the day after Christmas for some much needed and well-deserved grandmother/granddaughter time. As I understand it, they had adventures in bowling and indoor water parks, and A. seemed Read More...


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