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From Inside the Puzzle: Raising a Child with Autism Blog

On Being Abnormal
November 30, 2012 7:49 AM by Devon Alley
My daughter's therapist has commented on the fact that A. often engages in behaviors she doesn't realize are abnormal or a little odd, and that I should work on helping her recognize these behaviors and change the when appropriate. I have a real problem Read More...
From the Archives: Because I'd rather be doing anything but my homework.
November 28, 2012 7:07 PM by Devon Alley
In this entry from the archives, I share more of A.'s emerging artwork. February 19th, 2005: I figured I'd share a little more of A.'s developing artwork. Christina, Hayden, Matt (at the top), The Giant World, Junior (in A. the Rabbit's hand), A. the Read More...
Empathy With My Daughter
November 24, 2012 8:26 PM by Devon Alley
I wrote an entry in my blog a couple of weeks ago where I explored the topic of empathy with my daughter and made some of my own hypotheses on the topic. In the autism community, we tend to talk a lot about empathy; as parents, we consider whether or Read More...
From the Archives: Working for the Weekend
November 19, 2012 8:02 PM by Devon Alley
In this entry from the archives, A. and I go to the movies, and I'm amazed again at the way her brain catalogs everything. February 17, 2005: On Tuesday, I have a 15 minute presentation on late 18th / early 19th century radical politics due in my 600-level Read More...
Butterfingers for Teacher
November 14, 2012 7:28 PM by Devon Alley
When A. was going through her candy on Halloween night, she started stacking all of her Butterfinger candy bars in a pile together. "What are you doing that for?" I asked her. "Mrs. M. likes Butterfingers." Mrs. M. is A.'s English teacher this year. A. Read More...
From the Archives: Sometimes you have to stand down.
November 11, 2012 8:43 PM by Devon Alley
This small entry from the archives might be one of my favorites. It's short, but it talks about a lot of things I was learning at the time about parenting, autism, and life. February 15th, 2005: Every morning, when I take A. to school, I park in the parking Read More...
Halloween Time
November 7, 2012 7:57 AM by Devon Alley
Well, another Halloween has come and gone, and I've found myself absolutely amazed again at how much A. has improved over the past couple of years. I remember when we first moved into this house that we couldn't even get A. to go trick-or-treating. Now, Read More...
From the Archives: My daughter's emerging personality.
November 1, 2012 12:39 PM by Devon Alley
In these snippets from the archives, I capture some of the first hints of the sassiness and creativity that would become my daughter's amazing and unique personality. January 22, 2005: This afternoon, during my ritual prying-information-out-of-A.-about-her-day, Read More...


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