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  • Adventures at DragonCon

    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 fiction, fantasy, comic books, and pop culture. This year, a little over 70,000 people attended ...
  • Conventions and Cosplay

    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 City Comic-Con, as well as the Fanboy Expo. A. thoroughly enjoyed both, even though she did ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • One Step Back, Two Steps Forward

    Sometimes, you have to take one step back in order to take two steps forward.At A.'s long-anticipated and much-needed IEP Meeting this past Friday, the team decided that A.'s behavior issues needed intense monitoring and guidance, the sort of attention that could really only come from a small, contained environment where a teacher would have the ...