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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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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...
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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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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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An Online Romance, Part Two
July 7, 2015 2:42 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...
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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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Just Like Me
April 27, 2015 12:37 PM by Devon Alley
You know how they always say that, when your children grow up into teenagers, they will be just like you? I must confess, when it comes to A., this is absolutely true. I'm blessed in a way, because I happened to be a very well-behaved teenager. I minded 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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And Now She's an Alley
March 4, 2015 6:10 PM by Devon Alley
So, there was a very big piece of news that happened several months ago that I never got around to sharing. Life has been, as I've mentioned several times over again, extremely busy as of late, so I've been terribly delinquent in updating my blog, which 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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It's A Very Minecraft Birthday
August 20, 2013 1:11 PM by Devon Alley
On Wednesday, my daughter will be turning 14 years old. In some ways, it's hard to believe -- I still remember this tiny, other-worldly, faerie-like child spinning around in circles in the living room, talking in gibberish, her blond hair a frizzy halo Read More...
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A Day At Dollywood
October 22, 2012 10:56 AM by Devon Alley
At the end of last week, A. was on Fall Break. So, on Friday, Thomas and I took a day off from work, and we arranged to take A. to Dollywood for the day. For those of you not familiar with Dollywood, it's the largest theme park in close proximity to Knoxville. Read More...
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