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Conflict Resolution
February 22, 2016 11:05 AM by Devon Alley
In case you haven't noticed, I've been lagging behind in the blog, lately. Most of this has to do with personal issues - with my mother's ongoing battle with cancer, and my grandmother's failing health, I haven't had very much in the way of "free time" Read More...
Adventures at DragonCon
December 8, 2015 3:45 PM by Devon Alley
On Labor Day weekend, we took the whole family to Atlanta, Georgia, to completely immerse ourselves in geek culture at an event called Dragon Con. For those of you who don't know, Dragon Con is a large, multi-genre convention geared at fans of science Read More...
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...
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...
From the Archives: A Mile at a Time
March 22, 2012 12:47 PM by Devon Alley
There's a lot in this entry - progress, random fun memories, some things I learned from the Hanen Program, and becoming aware of some more differences between my daughter and NT children through my job at her daycare center. Also, the continuing imagery Read More...
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...
One Step Back, Two Steps Forward
October 27, 2010 11:18 PM by Devon Alley
Sometimes, you have to take one step back in order to take two steps forward. At A.'s long-anticipated and much-needed IEP Meeting this past Friday, the team decided that A.'s behavior issues needed intense monitoring and guidance, the sort of attention Read More...


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