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From Inside the Puzzle: Raising a Child with Autism Blog

A Small Vacation
July 31, 2012 12:19 PM by Devon Alley
This past weekend, Thomas and I took a couple of days off from work and drove up to Pennsylvania to visit with cousins who live there. The intention was to have a sort of mini family vacation, as well as to spend time with family members we don't get Read More...
From the Archives: Philosophy, Check-ups, and Moving.
July 30, 2012 11:10 PM by Devon Alley
In these snippets from the archives, A. demonstrates an interesting take on philosophy, does extremely well at a check-up, and handles our move to Knoxville like a pro. (And, for the record, traveling around the United States in a camper sounds just as Read More...
We're Old Hat At This
July 23, 2012 7:43 PM by Devon Alley
On Saturday, A. threw another one of her (now somewhat famous) slumber parties. It's amazing how the entire process has evolved for both of us. When she first became interested in throwing slumber parties, I found myself full of anxiety and worry, terrified Read More...
From the Archives: Early Observations of Empathy and Autism
July 21, 2012 7:54 PM by Devon Alley
In these snippets from the archives, I contemplate and challenge the common belief that autistic people lack empathy, since I see so much evidence contrary to this idea in my own daughter's behaviors. I also react to the film I Am Sam. June 9th, 2004: Read More...
Schedules for Summer
July 18, 2012 4:55 PM by Devon Alley
As I'd mentioned in an earlier blog entry, summer has been a rather difficult season for us. Part of this is A.'s evolution into teenage life and the accompanying attitude that seems to go along with that. But part of it is just due to the unstructured, Read More...
From the Archives: Muddling the Diagnosis, Part Two.
July 15, 2012 10:43 AM by Devon Alley
In this entry from the archives, I spend a great deal of time researching and contemplating the link between autism and schizophrenia, and decide that A.'s teacher is just not a very good person to listen to about these things. April 23rd, 2004: I wish Read More...
Friendship Club at the Water Park
July 10, 2012 9:46 PM by Devon Alley
A. and I haven't been attending as many Friendship Club events as we used to attend. Part of it has been our busy schedules, part of it has been A.'s lack of interest in non-preferred activities, and part of it has just been the sort of inertia where Read More...
From the Archives: Muddling the Diagnosis, Part One.
July 6, 2012 12:35 PM by Devon Alley
In April of 2004, my daughter's teacher decided to inform me that she was worried my daughter might be schizophrenic. These unprofessional diagnoses have haunted me throughout my career as a mother of an autistic child, so I wanted to share this experience Read More...


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