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From Inside the Puzzle: Raising a Child with Autism Blog

From the (Media) Archives: Over a Year Before the Autism Diagnosis
March 29, 2012 7:42 PM by Devon Alley
A now for another edition of Forcing My Internet Audience To Look At My Vacation Slides... or, uploading really old videos of my daughter to YouTube. :-) All of the videos below were taken mid-to-late 2000 or in January 2001. My daughter ranges from about Read More...
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How to Build a Mentor Program for ASD Teens?
March 27, 2012 2:20 PM by Devon Alley
This entry will be a little shorter than usual, mostly because I am hoping to generate ideas and discussion in a brainstorming session. We are fortunate to have a very awesome and active chapter of Autism Society of America in our area, who do a great Read More...
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From the Archives: A Mile at a Time
March 22, 2012 12:47 PM by Devon Alley
There's a lot in this entry - progress, random fun memories, some things I learned from the Hanen Program, and becoming aware of some more differences between my daughter and NT children through my job at her daycare center. Also, the continuing imagery Read More...
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Being Here: Responding to a Tragedy
March 20, 2012 10:56 AM by Devon Alley
I've been trying to find the right way to address a tragedy that happened earlier this month, when a mother killed her 22-year-old autistic son, and then herself . But I've been at a loss for words. How do you even begin to talk about something so horrific Read More...
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From the Archives: My Angel, She Don't Receive My Calls
March 15, 2012 12:18 PM by Devon Alley
There's a lot of extraneous, personal, non-A.-related information in this entry, but I wanted to keep it as-is because I feel it's a great reflection on my state of mind at the time. I wrote this entry after a horribly negative experience with a local Read More...
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IEP Meetings & Continuing Progress
March 13, 2012 9:20 PM by Devon Alley
A. has become quite the social butterfly, it would seem. This past weekend, she brought home the phone number for one of her new friends, and she called just to chat with her over the phone. What's more, she escaped into her room to talk on the phone Read More...
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From the Archives: When Life Gives You Lemons
March 8, 2012 6:51 AM by Devon Alley
This is a simple entry, but there is a lot in it. I acknowledge the differences between my daughter and other children while seeing it as a gift, I discuss the amazing sensory effects of water, and I show some early attempts at pretend play. June 3rd, Read More...
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Helping Your Autistic Child Deal with Young Peers
March 7, 2012 1:38 PM by Devon Alley
My daughter, A., is an only child -- at least, for now. While for a brief period of time she really wanted a sibling, she has now decided she is better off without one, and dislikes the fact that Thomas and I are considering trying for a baby sometime Read More...
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From the Archives: The Sound A Cow Makes
March 1, 2012 7:22 AM by Devon Alley
A. continued to make good progress throughout 2002, due to the combination of speech therapy, occupational therapy, and my own individual work with her. This snippet from the archives demonstrates some of the quirks in her language development. May 7th, Read More...
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