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  • Fall Break Escape

    A. only got two days off for Fall Break this year, but I made an executive decision to allow her to ''play hooky'' for the remainder of the week so that the entire family could take a trip to Fort Walton Beach, Florida in the middle of October. (And by ''play hooky,'' I mean keep A. out of school while letting all her teachers know where she was ...
  • Relaxation Class

    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 by this organization in the past couple of years - from painting pumpkins, to watching A ...
  • A Visitation from California, Part 2

    (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 A.  M. not only brought A. a rose, but he also brought a unique, hard-to-find ...
  • A Visitation from California

    (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 time A. and M. met each other in real life, and I had a bit of apprehension about the visit - ...
  • An Online Romance, Part Two

    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 forward to a visit from him within the next few weeks. I'm fascinated about the fact that ...
  • Just Like Me

    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 my mom, my grandparents, and my teachers, and I worked hard to be a good student. However, I ...
  • Writing Messages of Hope

    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 favorite — “Everyone is a composer of their own work.” The messages were written in black ink, in ...
  • Autism Awareness, Autism Acceptance

    Yesterday, April 2, was World Autism Awareness Day. Many people all over the globe lit things up in blue, shared blog posts, and donated money to various organizations in order to promote autism awareness and increase visibility for the condition. I personally know some individuals who participated in this autism awareness campaign, and I can tell ...
  • Spring Break Plans

    Whenever A. has a holiday from school, she always asks what we're going to do -- what we have planned. Generally, it's not much -- maybe dinner and a movie, or a stop at our favorite pizza restaurant. For this year's spring break, however, I took a couple days off from work and built an entire itinerary of mother-daughter activities to help A. ...
  • Attending the IEP

    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 how often such meetings have gone well, they will almost always express a sense of ...
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