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From Inside the Puzzle: Raising a Child with Autism Blog

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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
A Geek’s First Convention
May 1, 2014 2:27 PM by Devon Alley
his past Saturday, A. attended her first geeky convention. The convention she attended was the Knoxville Comic and Anime Con which was held at a nearby expo center this past weekend. To be honest, I didn't have very high hopes of the convention. My first Read More...
Middle School Theatre Production
March 10, 2014 1:18 PM by Devon Alley
When I returned from my big conference in February, I was able to look forward to the middle school production of The Wizard of Oz, in which A. got to play the role of the Door Keeper. What door keeper, you might ask? The one who was at the gate to Oz, Read More...
It's a Girl!
February 26, 2014 12:25 PM by Devon Alley
Life has been so incredibly busy and crazy these past few weeks that I've completely neglected to share the news we received back during the first week of February. Thomas and I will be bringing another girl into the family, and A. will have a little Read More...
Our Whole Lives
January 15, 2014 12:04 PM by Devon Alley
I recently enrolled my daughter in the OWL program at my church, much to her dismay. This is not a topic she is particularly keen to discuss or even think about. Not only would she much rather be engaged in her preferred activities, and not only does Read More...
Hope is the Thing with Feathers
December 18, 2013 9:12 AM by Devon Alley
This entry isn't about A., exactly. This entry is more about me, and about how 14 years of experience at being A.'s mother has really influenced the way I see things, now, and the way I move forward with my decisions and the direction of my life. For 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...
From the Archives: Exploring Aachen, Berlin, the Eifel, and the North Sea
April 18, 2013 12:55 PM by Devon Alley
In this entry from the archives, as we continued our summer trip to Germany, A. and I explored many different cities, and she even made a fast friend despite the language barrier. July 16th, 2006: I'm totally behind in relating my adventures, so I don't Read More...
A. & The Flu
March 7, 2013 12:49 PM by Devon Alley
A. is in the process of recovering from the flu. For those of you who have followed this blog for a while now, it will probably not surprise you to learn that A. rarely gets sick. And for the rest of you who are familiar with teenagers in general, it Read More...
Watching My Daughter Become A Teenager
April 23, 2012 11:59 AM by Devon Alley
I love my daughter because she's paranoid about missing her TCAPS. "I can't get sick," she says. "If I miss school, I'm screwed." I love my daughter because she fills her agenda with dramatic annotations: I love my daughter because she creates "remixes" Read More...
Learning to Draw Manga
October 3, 2011 11:42 AM by Devon Alley
A couple of weeks ago, A. noticed that there were a couple of interesting books on our bookshelf. These books were ones that Thomas bought when he was in high school, a series of four, entitled "How to Draw Manga." A. took them off the shelf and started Read More...


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