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  • 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 ...
  • And Now She's an 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 means I've missed some of the ''big stuff.'' It's definitely well past time for me to ...
  • Maybe It’s Not So Bad After All

    I worry a lot about how A. is going to react to a new sibling. I worry so much that I'm pretty sure I've gone overboard filling the next few months with awesome mother-daughter activities, such as shopping for clothes, going to see Monty Python's Spamalot together, finding time to explore this whole JumpJam craze in our city, and getting A. ...
  • A Busy Life

    This is the time of year when things get pretty crazy busy around the Alley household. At my day job, I'm hard at work on helping organize a company conference that will bring in over a thousand attendees from all over North America which, unfortunately, takes time away that I would much rather be spending with my family. That being said, ...
  • It's a Jolly Holiday

    Well, here were are at the beginning of another year. The holidays went extremely well, if I do say so myself. I think this was probably one year where A. felt the least overwhelmed. During the holiday season, it's easy for A. to reach a point of ''too much'' too many people, too many demands, too much stuff. Often, she spends the ...
  • Church Retreat

     When I decided to take my daughter to a weekend retreat for church, I really wasn't sure what to expect. The retreat would be in a group camp site in the middle of a state park, where we would sleep in bunkhouses, share showers and bathrooms with the entire camp, eat in a shared dining hall, and be far away from the Internet or even cell ...
  • From the Archives: Unbelievable

    In this entry from the archives, I become aggravated that it seems so difficult to search for information on the Internet that would help my daughter deal with her anxiety issues, namely because the search results were flooded with advice for how parents with autistic children deal with their own anxiety. Unfortunately, when I click on these ...
  • From the Archives: A Mile at a Time

    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 of the Fox from the Little Prince which really serves as an excellent metaphor as to how A. and ...
  • Helping Your Autistic Child Deal with Young Peers

    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 in the not *too* distant future. We've had many conversations, of course, about how she would ...
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