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From Inside the Puzzle: Raising a Child with Autism Blog

From the Archives: Harry Potter, Horseriding, and Storyboarding.
July 31, 2013 2:04 PM by Devon Alley
In these snippets from the archives, A. and I attend a pre-release Harry Potter celebration, A. rides horses, and I catch A. creating storyboards. July 24th, 2007: Friday night, A. and I attended the local Barnes & Noble pre-release Harry Potter celebration, Read More...
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Acting Out Aesop's Fables
July 25, 2013 1:04 PM by Devon Alley
Last week, A. attended an acting class at our local community college. This was, in a sense, a late Christmas present, except that we'd changed the terms around somewhat. At Christmas, I had wanted to give A. art lessons as a gift, but the only local Read More...
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From the Archives: Gratitude
July 22, 2013 8:47 PM by Devon Alley
In this entry from the archives, I learn a little bit from my daughter about being thankful for the small things. July 14th, 2007: Conversation with A. first thing this morning: A.: It worked! Me: What worked? A.: Waking up! --- Oh, to begin each day Read More...
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The Best Laid Plans
July 16, 2013 3:09 PM by Devon Alley
I had the greatest plans for this day. Throughout the months of June and July, I've scattered several vacation days. I learned the hard way that I can really only schedule vacation in the summer, when there are no classes or major events to organize at Read More...
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From the Archives: Courage vs. The Giant Ant of Doom
July 14, 2013 8:57 PM by Devon Alley
In this entry from the archives, my daughter and I have a conversation about what courage means. June 12th, 2007: A.: The word of the day is "courage". What does "courage" mean? Me: "Courage" means "brave". A.: Oh. I'm Courage. Me: Yes, you have lots Read More...
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The Bitter, the Sweet, and the Stories
July 11, 2013 9:58 PM by Devon Alley
Last night, Thomas and I drove to Nashville, Tennessee to see Neil Gaiman speak about his new book, The Ocean at the End of the Lane . Neil Gaiman, despite being my favorite author, doesn't really have anything to do with autism, or parenting advice, Read More...
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From the Archives: The Best Daughter in the World
July 5, 2013 6:16 PM by Devon Alley
In this entry from the archives, my daughter surprises me on Mother's Day. May 14th, 2007: On Sunday morning, I tried to wake my daughter up for church. "It's early," she whined. Then, "It's Mother's Day." And she rolled over and went back to sleep. So Read More...
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Interview with a Miner
July 2, 2013 7:25 PM by Devon Alley
In my house, everybody is "tasty for adventure." Over the past couple of weeks, A. and Thomas have been playing a lot of Minecraft together. Some of it has been the usual -- building castles, digging holes -- whatever the typical Minecraft day entails. Read More...
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