Monday, May 14, 2018

Happy Birthday Boy

Last week you turned fifteen. It happened to be field day at your school, and your smile when you saw me waiting for you to perform was magnificent. That smile carries me many days. I usually have a variety of emotions on your birthday. I always take time to remember the first moment I heard […]

Monday, May 7, 2018

The Space Between

Dear Moms, If you’re reading this in your voluminous amounts of spare time, perhaps your son has just been diagnosed at the tender age of two and you’re overwhelmed by where to go next. Maybe your teenaged daughter, whom everyone assured you was just shy, is now sporting the ASD label. Perhaps after years of […]

Monday, April 30, 2018

Meet Him Where He Is

Another April 30th, another Autism Awareness Month in the can. I know a lot of people have an issue with this month, as some feel they are brutally aware of autism 24/7, and I get that. Some have issues with the name of it just referencing awareness, and not acceptance or even celebration of autistic […]

Monday, April 23, 2018

The Other Shoe

His “eees” resound throughout the living room, punctuated by small silences that make me look anxiously toward him and gratefully away as I realize they are just silences, not episodes of catatonia which invade his happiness and enjoyment of life. Since we started a new medication eight weeks ago we have seen a vast improvement […]

Monday, April 16, 2018

Make New Friends

Last night I snuck out of my house on a Sunday night, left the kids to my husband, and had a fun and civilized meal with several of my autism mommy friends whom I’ve known for years. I know, don’t hate me. It was bliss. We haven’t had the opportunity to do this in over […]

Monday, April 9, 2018

Just Get Help

Ah, the silence. It is the first day back after spring break, and I am reveling in the absence of sound, the dearth of requests for juice/snack/world peace (okay, maybe not the last one, but it felt that way sometimes). Both kids are healthy and safely at school, and maybe their mommy can begin to […]

Friday, April 6, 2018

One Kid’s Remarkable Belief in Easter Bunny Magic

It was Christmas Eve, and the house sounded as if it were late enough that I could get away with creeping downstairs to peek at what Santa had brought. I avoided noisy spots on the stairs, paused each time I heard something, and finally reached the hallway before the family room. There was a light […]

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