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A Visitation from California, Part 2
July 28, 2015 12:15 PM by Devon Alley
(This is part 2 of a 2-part series.) Last week, I discussed the main events that occurred with M. and his mother visiting us from California. However, there were so many other small moments that I felt were, ultimately, so much more important to M. and Read More...
A Visitation from California
July 20, 2015 3:03 PM by Devon Alley
(This is part 1 of a 2 part series.) These past few blog entries have focused on A.'s online relationship with a boy in California who is also on the spectrum. This past week, M. and his mother flew all the way to Tennessee to visit us. It was the first Read More...
An Online Romance, Part Three
July 13, 2015 4:37 PM by Devon Alley
One of the biggest pieces of news that has occurred in our household in the last year has been A.'s budding long-distance relationship with M., a friend she met on the Internet who lives in California. She has yet to meet this young man, but we are looking 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...
No Longer Cool
June 20, 2012 1:30 PM by Devon Alley
I know it's ridiculous and petty, but I am much more upset than I should be by the fact that my teenage daughter no longer thinks I'm cool. It's not like I didn't realize that, one day, this would happen. At some point, it's natural for kids to pull away Read More...
April is National Autism Awareness Month
March 31, 2011 5:15 AM by Devon Alley
In the 1970s, the Autism Society began celebrating April as National Autism Awareness Month in order to help more people understand the condition of autism. Specifically, Autism Awareness Month was meant to help educate the public about autism and debunk Read More...


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