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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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