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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...
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First Week Back
August 17, 2015 9:52 AM by Devon Alley
Last week, I shared my concerns about A. returning to school. She was highly anxious, and there were several challenges she was going to have to overcome in order to be successful. Now that she's completed the first week, I am happy to report that she 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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Writing Messages of Hope
April 21, 2015 1:07 PM by Devon Alley
A couple of weeks ago, A. started arriving home from school with various affirmations written all over her body. These affirmations proclaimed such positive thoughts as, “You are beautiful just the way you are!” and “You are loved,” and — my personal 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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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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Wrapping Up Middle School
May 30, 2014 10:22 AM by Devon Alley
As I mentioned in my last entry, I really can't imagine a better ending to A.'s Middle School career than her stellar performance in the annual talent show. It was like the frosting on a delicious if sometimes frustrating cake. A. finished the year with Read More...
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Talent Show Performances
May 27, 2014 2:47 PM by Devon Alley
For the past three years, A. has desperately been trying to get a part in the annual year-end talent show. She was not able to do so in her 6th and 7th grade years, which made it pretty obvious that it must be a very difficult gig to land at her middle Read More...
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Flair for the Dramatic
December 4, 2013 9:34 AM by Devon Alley
My daughter has taken up a flair for the dramatic. Those of you who know my daughter personally are probably not surprised by this. Even those of you who just know me through my blog may not be surprised by this, because you were probably reading my entries Read More...
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Artistic Tendencies
October 3, 2012 7:51 PM by Devon Alley
Tonight, my daughter asked if it would be okay for her to switch from band to art as her "related arts" class in Middle School. It's actually a very difficult call for me as a parent. On the one hand, being in band has really pushed her outside of her Read More...
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Science Project Drama
February 21, 2012 2:12 PM by Devon Alley
While I was out of town for my conference, I received one of those automatic email updates from my daughter's school - which mentioned that the science project of solar system models was due on Tuesday. I didn't know anything about a science project and Read More...
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So Far, So Good
September 1, 2011 6:35 AM by Devon Alley
I almost hate to post anything, because as sure as I do, I might jinx it all, but -- A. has been doing amazingly well in middle school so far. It's weird, because I completely anticipated that my daughter would completely fall to pieces after the first Read More...
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Technological Classroom Communication Vehicles
August 29, 2011 6:32 AM by Devon Alley
I already briefly mentioned this in an earlier post, but I absolutely love the "Parent Portal" infrastructure that our local school system provides. Basically, it's a course management system that helps keep parents involved and informed about what is Read More...
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The Greatest Field Day Ever
May 16, 2011 7:42 PM by Devon Alley
So, how do you host a Field Day and get your autistic, non-outdoorsy child interested in participating in the activities? Well, you remove the usual competitive nature of the activity, apparently, and then fill the day full of sensory delights like multicolored Read More...
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When A Problem Comes Along, You Must Flush It
April 6, 2011 7:47 PM by Devon Alley
Some days, as a parent of an autistic child, I have to deal with interesting, bizarre situations that are highly unique to my family and my child's individualized set of special needs -- such as helping my daughter overcome sensory issues so that she Read More...
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