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From Inside the Puzzle: Raising a Child with Autism Blog

From the Archives: Many Reasons to Love My Life
May 31, 2013 4:41 AM by Devon Alley
In these snippets from the archives, I share conversations with my daughter on hairstyles, conversations with her teacher on science fiction, and insights about child psychology. September 18, 2006: Last night, when I tucked A. in to bed, she said, “Mom, Read More...
I Want It To Be Autistic
May 30, 2013 1:23 PM by Devon Alley
This summer, my husband and I will start trying for a baby. That, in itself, is a bit of a misnomer, however. What we'll actually be doing is stopping NOT trying for a baby, and then, after that, we'll see what happens. Either way, our hopes are to expand Read More...
From the Archives: An Artist In Residence
May 28, 2013 3:17 PM by Devon Alley
In this entry from the archives, I explore my daughter's creative mind, and share some of her artistic creations. September 9th, 2006: In some ways, the similarities between my daughter and my own lonely seven-year-old self frighten me to no end. In others, Read More...
The Summer Begins
May 25, 2013 8:00 AM by Devon Alley
A.'s last day of school was this past week, and we've been able to watch her transition into summer life. It's always interesting, because, as much as A. complains about going to school, in the summer she always complains about being bored. Summer is Read More...
From the Archives: A Southern Gal In Need of Sensory Input
May 18, 2013 6:23 AM by Devon Alley
In these snippets from the archives, my daughter accuses me of being echolalic, and she desperately needs some increased sensory input after I pull her out of her regular routine. September 1, 2006: As A. and I were walking up the stairs to our apartment Read More...
I Take The Conversations When I Get Them
May 17, 2013 12:21 PM by Devon Alley
To be fair, my daughter's overall reclusive nature and tendency to avoid conversations with her parental figures has, I believe, more to do now with the fact she's quickly approaching 14 years of age than it does with the fact she's autistic, but that Read More...
From the Archives: Happy Mother’s Day! … in August.
May 11, 2013 8:42 PM by Devon Alley
In this entry from the archives, my daughter becomes obsessed with the idea of creating a perfect Mother's Day for me... in the middle of August. August 30, 2006: Tonight, my daughter became suddenly obsessed with the concept of Mother’s Day. She told Read More...
Lessons in Driving
May 5, 2013 5:56 PM by Devon Alley
My daughter teaches me so many important lessons, especially when I take a moment to pause, and listen. This weekend, my daughter taught me a few important lessons in driving. It's amusing, because I'd had a dream Friday night that I was trying to teach Read More...


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