Autism Awareness Month or Autism Acceptance Month?

Autism Awareness Month was started in 1970 by the Autism Society. I wasn’t even born at that point, yet 34 short years later would be blessed with an autistic child of my own. In my son’s 13 years I haven’t had a lot of time or energy to devote to trying to parse out what Read More

A Day in the Life

Whether it’s autism or something else…or, as in my son’s case, several concomitant developmental disabilities…chances are you know someone who’s parenting a special needs child. Or maybe you are the parent of a special needs child (hats off to you, Superman/Superwoman!). I wrote this yesterday. It’s a pretty typical representation of a low-key day on Read More

Us Too

It’s easy to share during times like now, when the meds are all correct, the boy is thriving in his current routine, and things are calmer than they have been in a long while. In fact, it’s rather a boring tale at the moment. History dictates that it will eventually change again, so for now, Read More

The Beginning…Sort Of

  When I told “the world” (aka Facebook) that my son had finally been diagnosed with autism, one of the first things that happened was that a friend I’ve known online for many years asked “Are you blogging about it?” It’s a natural question. I’m a writer, it’s what I’ve done for a living for Read More

The Last Time

As I watched this video by Scary Mommy writer Kate Swenson I felt as though I’d gotten the wind knocked out of me. Three simple words – “The Last Time” – instantly transported me back several months to my own “last time”. My special kiddo is 13 years old, his diagnoses four years in the past Read More

The Root of Things

I sat in a medical chair equipped with an oh-so-generous half-size seat, cramped into a corner, wincing and nauseous at the sights, smells, and sounds. “You’re doing better than 99% of my adult patients, man, I’m not even kidding!” These are words I never imagined hearing out of a dentist’s mouth, hell, I never dreamed Read More

That Just Happened. AKA: The Reality of the Autistic Meltdown

Written in December 2016 Did you ever have one of those days that’s going well and finally think to yourself “yeah, maybe I can do this”, only to have it fall completely apart when you least expect it? As you may know, “well” is a relative term in a household with atypical autism or any other Read More