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From Inside the Puzzle: Raising a Child with Autism Blog

How the Laugh Track Helps Develop a Sense of Humor
September 29, 2012 10:56 PM by Devon Alley
Whenever we attend an IEP meeting, the teachers often tell me what they see as A.'s greatest strengths. The two traits that are almost always emphasized are her imagination and her sense of humor. It's interesting to me that A.'s greatest strengths would Read More...
From the Archives: Incredible Memory
September 27, 2012 6:59 PM by Devon Alley
In this small entry from the archives, I begin to get the sense of my daughter's incredibly memory. November 21st, 2004: So, last night, when I took A. for a much-needed restroom break in the middle of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban , I'd asked Read More...
Nobuta Heals All
September 26, 2012 10:20 PM by Devon Alley
For those of you who may not know, my daughter was going through a very difficult time at the beginning of this month. I don't want to go into too much detail, here, because I feel like, as a teenager, she needs for me to respect her privacy, but I took Read More...
Finding Comfort
September 21, 2012 10:19 PM by Devon Alley
It would be an understatement to say that things have picked up at work. We have several training classes in the next couple of months, and all of these classes demand a great deal of preparation, organization, and hard work. I've been putting in some Read More...
From the Archives: A Day at the Zoo
September 19, 2012 8:56 PM by Devon Alley
In this entry from the archives, my friends, A., and myself take a trip to the Knoxville Zoo. In the process, we capture many adorable pictures of A., and many cute videos. November 10th, 2004: First, the pictures: Excited to see the bears! A., Ely, and Read More...
From the Archives: Two of Us Video
September 8, 2012 1:49 PM by Devon Alley
Back in 2004, I created a video to the song "Two of Us" by Aimee Mann & Michael Penn after watching the movie I Am Sam. I thought this video was lost forever, but I recently found it and decided to upload it to YouTube. Click here to watch many different Read More...
Teenagers Need Love Too.
September 5, 2012 8:06 PM by Devon Alley
I know -- this seems like a ridiculously obvious statement, but hear me out. I think it's very difficult to know exactly what a teen really needs. I think it's even more difficult when that teen is autistic with a history of difficulty communicating his Read More...


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