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Stage IV
November 4, 2015 12:25 PM by Devon Alley
I would like to apologize to my readers for my lack of entries and posts over the past couple of months. As a writer, I don't really believe there's ever a *good* reason to *not* be writing, but if there was one, I feel like I would probably have it right Read More...
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Maturity and Optimism
May 11, 2015 10:07 AM by Devon Alley
This past week was a rough one. I was working long hours each day, and A. was having a crisis at her school. One of her good friends, E., stopped having anything to do with her. I'm still not sure what happened. As much as I can gather, other students Read More...
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To Blog or Not to Blog
November 12, 2013 8:24 AM by Devon Alley
There are times when I wonder about the feasibility of this blog in the long-term. When I'm sharing fun adventures, good times, and hilarious hijinks, it's no worse for the wear. My daughter enjoys reading about the adventures, she likes to see what posts 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: Some Days the Rains Come
June 15, 2013 9:40 PM by Devon Alley
In this entry from the archives, I share some of my concerns about A.'s relationship with her peers, and demonstrate that sometimes this whole parenting thing can be difficult for me, too. December 5th, 2006: I know I make it look easy to be a parent Read More...
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Teenagers Need Love Too.
September 5, 2012 8:06 PM by Devon Alley
I know -- this seems like a ridiculously obvious statement, but hear me out. I think it's very difficult to know exactly what a teen really needs. I think it's even more difficult when that teen is autistic with a history of difficulty communicating his Read More...
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From the Archives: Muddling the Diagnosis, Part Two.
July 15, 2012 10:43 AM by Devon Alley
In this entry from the archives, I spend a great deal of time researching and contemplating the link between autism and schizophrenia, and decide that A.'s teacher is just not a very good person to listen to about these things. April 23rd, 2004: I wish Read More...
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From the Archives: Muddling the Diagnosis, Part One.
July 6, 2012 12:35 PM by Devon Alley
In April of 2004, my daughter's teacher decided to inform me that she was worried my daughter might be schizophrenic. These unprofessional diagnoses have haunted me throughout my career as a mother of an autistic child, so I wanted to share this experience Read More...
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Hopeful Moments with the Teenager
June 30, 2012 8:55 PM by Devon Alley
I'm not going to lie -- watching A. slowly become a teenager has possibly been one of the hardest things I've ever done in my parenting career. The moodiness, the surliness, the attitude, the drama -- my patience doesn't feel like it has the endurance Read More...
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From the Archives: Moments Like This
April 13, 2012 6:22 PM by Devon Alley
This may sound strange, but in many ways, I think I always saw motherhood as an infinitely spiritual exercise. In many ways, spending time with my daughter, loving her, and delighting in her was my special way of praying. There are several such moments Read More...
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From the Archives: My Angel, She Don't Receive My Calls
March 15, 2012 12:18 PM by Devon Alley
There's a lot of extraneous, personal, non-A.-related information in this entry, but I wanted to keep it as-is because I feel it's a great reflection on my state of mind at the time. I wrote this entry after a horribly negative experience with a local Read More...
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The Drama of Almost-But-Not-Quite Snow Days
January 13, 2012 4:51 PM by Devon Alley
The last few posts in this blog have been extremely positive, haven't they? I guess it's because things have been, in general, going so well for A., and I've been excited about her progress and accomplishments lately. Well, just so you know I'm not 100% Read More...
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From the Archives: Ground Control Calling My Daughter...
January 5, 2012 10:33 PM by Devon Alley
Shortly after A. started attending day care, she had an incident where she completely withdrew from everyone. In hindsight, she was probably reacting to the sensory and social overstimulation that would naturally happen in a new environment like that; Read More...
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From the Archives: Autism is a Roller-Coaster
December 29, 2011 12:22 PM by Devon Alley
Even before I knew A. had autism, life was often a roller-coaster for us. The following excerpts document the intense highs and extreme lows of just a couple of weeks in August of 2001. I also document A.'s first day at day care here. August 17th: A. Read More...
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She Needs Her Space
November 22, 2011 5:14 PM by Devon Alley
When I picked up A. this afternoon, she was in a pretty rotten mood. She was standing in a different part of the outdoor porch, her head hung down. She didn't want to tell me anything was wrong, but I eventually got out of her that she ended up going Read More...
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