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From Inside the Puzzle: Raising a Child with Autism Blog

From the Archives: Reviewing Progress, Paris, and Villanelles.
April 26, 2012 6:56 AM by Devon Alley
In these snippets from the archives, I muse over A.'s amazing progress, delight in her viewing of Disney films, and write a villanelle for her. December 31, 2002: It probably doesn't make a whole lot of sense to most of you why the fact that, this evening, Read More...
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Watching My Daughter Become A Teenager
April 23, 2012 11:59 AM by Devon Alley
I love my daughter because she's paranoid about missing her TCAPS. "I can't get sick," she says. "If I miss school, I'm screwed." I love my daughter because she fills her agenda with dramatic annotations: I love my daughter because she creates "remixes" Read More...
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From the Archives: Blessings.
April 19, 2012 10:25 PM by Devon Alley
I've always carried a great deal of gratitude for being blessed with my daughter, but in mid-November of 2002, I had a sobering realization that made me appreciate her even more. November 13, 2002: I had a bit of a sobering moment, last night. There was Read More...
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From the Archives: Moments Like This
April 13, 2012 6:22 PM by Devon Alley
This may sound strange, but in many ways, I think I always saw motherhood as an infinitely spiritual exercise. In many ways, spending time with my daughter, loving her, and delighting in her was my special way of praying. There are several such moments Read More...
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Autism Acceptance & Mindful Blogging
April 10, 2012 12:22 PM by Devon Alley
There has been a great deal of conversation in the autism online community lately about the concept of parents using the phrase "I hate autism," and how potentially damaging such a phrase may be to a child with autism. The core of the debate has been Read More...
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On Being Reactionary
April 5, 2012 12:25 AM by Devon Alley
My husband is always warning me against being reactionary. He knows my history. He knows my tendencies. He knows the entire chain of events that has led me through therapy and into my current Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction class. He has seen my reactionary Read More...
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Devon's 5 Things To Do After An Autism Diagnosis
April 3, 2012 8:23 PM by Devon Alley
On World Autism Awareness Day, Hannah Brown from the Huffington Post published the article 10 Things To Do After An Autism Diagnosis . My Internet friend and fellow awesome autism mom Sunday Stilwell and I had a conversation on Twitter about how negative Read More...
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World Autism Acceptance
April 2, 2012 10:38 AM by Devon Alley
Today is World Autism Awareness Day. Many parents and businesses are flooding buildings with blue lights to promote that awareness. Many other people are linking to facts, statistics, and accounts about autism -- what it means to be autistic, and what Read More...
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