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Relaxation Class
October 5, 2015 2:27 PM by Devon Alley
There is an amazing local autism group in our area, called Artistic Spectrum , that focuses on providing creative and recreational opportunities for children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders. A. has participated in many of the activities provided Read More...
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Conventions and Cosplay
August 7, 2015 10:56 AM by Devon Alley
Last year, A. attended the Knoxville Comic and Anime Con, of which I wrote an entry about in this blog. Because she enjoyed that experience so much, I decided to make sure she continued to attend even more conventions this year. We took her to the Marble Read More...
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A Visitation from California, Part 2
July 28, 2015 12:15 PM by Devon Alley
(This is part 2 of a 2-part series.) Last week, I discussed the main events that occurred with M. and his mother visiting us from California. However, there were so many other small moments that I felt were, ultimately, so much more important to M. and Read More...
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Spring Break Plans
March 25, 2015 4:50 PM by Devon Alley
Whenever A. has a holiday from school, she always asks what we're going to do -- what we have planned. Generally, it's not much -- maybe dinner and a movie, or a stop at our favorite pizza restaurant. For this year's spring break, however, I took a couple Read More...
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Helping Your Autistic Child Deal with Young Peers
March 7, 2012 1:38 PM by Devon Alley
My daughter, A., is an only child -- at least, for now. While for a brief period of time she really wanted a sibling, she has now decided she is better off without one, and dislikes the fact that Thomas and I are considering trying for a baby sometime Read More...
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Family Visitations & Chimney Rock
October 18, 2010 10:56 AM by Devon Alley
I really could not have asked for a better-behaved A. over the duration of Fall Break. Despite the fact that we completely messed up her routine from day-to-day, and despite the fact that we spent an incredible amount of time in the car, A. remained in Read More...
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Birthday Party
August 30, 2010 1:42 PM by Devon Alley
Last weekend, A. turned 11 years old. Since we had moved to a new house that seemed like it might be large enough to accommodate a large number of kids, and since I wanted the friends from her old school to know where she lived now so that they'd be more Read More...
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One Amazing Summer
August 16, 2010 1:08 PM by Devon Alley
I am really, really, really going to miss A.'s day care center. I decided to enroll A. in a different day care center over the summer than the one she had been previously attending. I didn't like her previous day care center for several reasons, and when Read More...
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Skate Clinics and Pokemon Conversations
July 26, 2010 11:32 AM by Devon Alley
On Saturday, A. and I attended another Autism Society of America: Friendship Club event. This event was centered around skateboarding. Initially, A. was very reluctant to go to the event. In fact, when she woke up in the morning, she actually refused Read More...
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Autism Society of America Friendship Club Cooking Class
April 19, 2010 11:40 AM by Devon Alley
I must say, I was extremely impressed with the Autism Society of America's Friendship Club Cooking Class that we attended on Saturday. Considering how terribly I went about planning the whole "game day" activity last month and how few people ended up Read More...
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Vacay to DC
March 31, 2010 10:31 AM by Devon Alley
Our Family Vacation to Washington, D.C. was very interesting, to say the least. I'd thought I'd prepared for every possible crisis. I packed plenty of snacks and drinks, tons of entertainment options for A., and did my very best to *not* overload each Read More...
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New Behavior Schedule For the Win!
March 4, 2010 12:32 PM by Devon Alley
A. seems to be doing much better at school these past few days. I think this is probably largely due to the fact that she has a few new tools that seem to be helping her regulate her emotions and behavior a little more easily. The autism consultant and Read More...
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Visiting the American Museum of Science and Energy
February 22, 2010 1:11 PM by Devon Alley
It was beautiful, warm, and sunny this weekend, so on Saturday I decided to drag my little family out to Oak Ridge, Tennessee to visit the American Museum of Science of Energy. A. and I had visited the museum before, and Thomas had visited the museum Read More...
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Battling Guilt: When Parents Feel at Fault
October 8, 2009 3:33 PM by Devon Alley
Logically, I understand that Autism Spectrum Disorder is still a scientific mystery. No one knows for sure what causes it. There are several strong theories supported by scientific data that point to the possibility of genetic predisposition, but it will Read More...
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Welcome to My Blog
October 7, 2009 10:15 AM by Devon Alley
I was a twenty-two-year-old single mother when my beautiful two-year-old daughter was diagnosed with autism. I'd brought Aisling in to the doctor because she was 20 months old and the only word she would use with any consistency or clarity was "no." The Read More...
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