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Why I’m Lucky To Have A Special Needs Family

Last night I was sitting outside on the porch, enjoying the fresh air and only slightly cool breeze that is a Texas winter, and had a rare, contented moment of thinking, “I love my family. I am SO lucky.”      For the ordin...

10 Things Autism Families Want Teachers to Know

Parents of autistic children want the same things other parents want for their typically developing children. We want our kids to learn, grow, and be nurtured in a quality school with good teachers. We also want our children to have the supports nece...

How I Became a POW in the Bedtime Wars

As I look backward through the smudged glass of my memory, I see very clearly that bedtime has always been a problem. For a while there were night terrors; countless hours where I sat with my back against his bedroom door, crying silent tears as I wa...

Two Children, One Spectrum: Social Skills

  I hope everyone had a great holiday season and found the time for some rest. I guess I wasn’t ready for the holiday break to be over, because I’m a week late in getting back to this!   Today is the last topical post in the ser...

Two Children, One Spectrum: Social Skills

  I hope everyone had a great holiday season and found the time for some rest. I guess I wasn’t ready for the holiday break to be over, because I’m a week late in getting back to this!   Today is the last topical post in the ser...

Two Children, One Spectrum: Medication

  This is part 8 in a series about two children on the autism spectrum. You can read the rest of the series by clicking here.  Today Jen, from Anybody Want a Peanut, and I will be talking about the topic of medication.   Moe: About a year...

Two Children, One Spectrum: Medication

  This is part 8 in a series about two children on the autism spectrum. You can read the rest of the series by clicking here.  Today Jen, from Anybody Want a Peanut, and I will be talking about the topic of medication.   Moe: About a year...

Holiday Affirmations

It’s the holiday season and I know you’re stressed. I’ve been reading all about it on Twitter and Facebook. It’s not just the decorating and gift-buying and cooking and schedule changes for the kids, it’s the inevitable friend or family mem...

Holiday Affirmations

It’s the holiday season and I know you’re stressed. I’ve been reading all about it on Twitter and Facebook. It’s not just the decorating and gift-buying and cooking and schedule changes for the kids, it’s the inevitable friend or family mem...

Just A Short Delay

Sorry guys, I’ve been sick this week. The series will resume tomorrow. I feel kind of bad that you came here just to read this, so here’s a picture of a puffin.

Just A Short Delay

Sorry guys, I’ve been sick this week. The series will resume tomorrow. I feel kind of bad that you came here just to read this, so here’s a picture of a puffin.

Two Children, One Spectrum: Sensory Issues

  Welcome to part 4 in our series about two children on the autism spectrum. If you’ve missed the previous posts in the series, you can get caught up here:   Part 1: Two Children, One Spectrum: A New Series Part 2: Two Children, One...

Two Children, One Spectrum: Sensory Issues

  Welcome to part 4 in our series about two children on the autism spectrum. If you’ve missed the previous posts in the series, you can get caught up here:   Part 1: Two Children, One Spectrum: A New Series Part 2: Two Children, One...

Two Children, One Spectrum: Feeding Issues

  Welcome to part 3 of the series where we discuss the characteristics of two different children on the autism spectrum. If you’re just joining us, you can get caught up by reading part 1 here, and part 2 here.   Today Jen, from Anybo...

Two Children, One Spectrum: Feeding Issues

  Welcome to part 3 of the series where we discuss the characteristics of two different children on the autism spectrum. If you’re just joining us, you can get caught up by reading part 1 here, and part 2 here.   Today Jen, from Anybo...

Two Children, One Spectrum: A New Series

If you’re part of the autism community you’ve undoubtedly heard the expression, “If you’ve met one person with autism, then you’ve met one person with autism.” It’s supposed to be ironic in its simplicity. &...

A New Entry For My List of Things That Aren’t Funny

Not a day goes by that I’m not extremely thankful that Connor now (mostly) sleeps through the night. I don’t do well when I’m sleep deprived. I’m not one of those people that can get by on six hours of sleep and jump up to gre...

Green Bloggers and Spam

The thing about blogging is that it’s this awesome, creative outlet for absolutely anyone that wants to do it. And absolutely anyone can read your words, interpret them, MISinterpret them, and misappropriate them.   Imitation is the sincer...

My 4th Grader’s Letter to the Boy Scouts of America

When is the “right” time to discuss sexuality, specifically homosexuality, with your child? Until today, I didn’t have an answer for that question. But today when I picked up Connor from school, he asked me if I knew about the Boy S...

Power and Privilege: Shutting Down Dialogue in the Autism Community

It’s been a year since Kelli Stapleton tried to take her life, along with the life of her daughter. A year seems like a good, long time, yet people at TPGA that style themselves as “autism advocates” still don’t want to talk about autism and...


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