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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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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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Attending the IEP
March 13, 2015 2:45 PM by Devon Alley
For those of us who love and care for children on the spectrum, the IEP becomes a source of great joy and incredible anxiety. Talk to any parent of an autistic child the day before an IEP meeting, and no matter how many times they've attended them, or Read More...
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Parenting Lessons from A’s Diagnosis Day
November 18, 2014 9:35 AM by Devon Alley
I'm not sure why I've been thinking back on the visit to Dr. William Allen that resulted in a diagnosis of high-functioning autism for my eldest daughter. Maybe because I've recently referred his services to friends who have questions about their own Read More...
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Talking About Empathy Again
November 5, 2014 12:06 PM by Devon Alley
Empathy is something I rant about a lot in this blog. There's a very good reason for that. Despite the fact that several scientific studies and scores of first-hand accounts of autistic adults suggest otherwise, a lack of empathy is still often listed Read More...
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High School is a Thing
September 9, 2014 9:05 AM by Devon Alley
This year, A. turns fifteen, and she begins her first year of 9th grade. Just like that, High School is a Thing that we do. It's hard to believe that we're here already. It's hard to believe it's been ten years since we moved to this city, since A. started Read More...
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The Lego Movie
August 26, 2014 9:28 AM by Devon Alley
It hasn't always been easy to get A. to watch new movies. Even now, she still doesn't like going to the theater, and whenever anyone makes a suggestion of a movie for her to watch, she'll still watch several scenes from the film on YouTube before she Read More...
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You'll Always Be My Little Girl
August 20, 2014 11:47 AM by Devon Alley
I know it sounds crazy, but before K. was born, I was actually a little worried about the love I would have for both of my daughters. When A. was first born, I was absolutely overwhelmed by just how much I loved her I could have never imagined I would Read More...
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Underwhelmed by Theatre Camp
August 14, 2014 1:52 PM by Devon Alley
Last summer, I enrolled A. in an acting class at a local community college, and she absolutely had a blast. In fact, I would even hypothesize that the experience was part of the reason she became so interested in acting during the 8th grade, which of Read More...
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The Trouble with the Zombie Apocalypse
August 5, 2014 9:47 AM by Devon Alley
My mother made a very accurate observation about A. recently. She said, if we ever did have the misfortune of experiencing a zombie apocalypse, A. would have a very very difficult time. I'm certain it goes without saying that everyone would have a very Read More...
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Steampunk Explorations
July 29, 2014 2:35 PM by Devon Alley
A couple of weeks before her little sister was born, we decided to take A. to a Steampunk Carnivale that was in town. We'd never been to one before, but the event was organized to exhibit art, gadgets, and games related to Steampunk culture, and there Read More...
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Conversations While Swimming
June 17, 2014 10:15 AM by Devon Alley
I know I've blogged about it before, but it's amazing how much my daughter will come out of her shell and be willing to connect with people when she's immersed in water. It's not even that she's simply receptive to interaction while submerged -- she actually Read More...
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Friends on the Other Side of the World
June 9, 2014 9:24 AM by Devon Alley
Rhe past couple of weeks, my daughter has been spending her evenings chatting with a boy who lives in California. They know each other from their respective artwork and shared interests, and they use headsets and microphones to watch YouTube videos together, Read More...
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Maybe It’s Not So Bad After All
April 24, 2014 9:44 AM by Devon Alley
I worry a lot about how A. is going to react to a new sibling. I worry so much that I'm pretty sure I've gone overboard filling the next few months with awesome mother-daughter activities, such as shopping for clothes, going to see Monty Python's Spamalot Read More...
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Spring Break
April 1, 2014 9:17 AM by Devon Alley
Last week was A.'s Spring Break. On the one hand, she was really excited and enjoyed having an entire week off where she didn't have to worry about going to school. On the other hand, she was a little disappointed that she really didn't get to do anything Read More...
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