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Autism Awareness

It’s Autism Awareness Day. Facebook is covered with images and statements – “I love someone with autism!” “Light it up blue for autism!” “Autism is seeing the world differently!” As a mom with a kid somewhere on the spectrum, I should probably be jumping right in, but none of it feels like it really raises…
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The A Word

Autism. I’ve studiously avoided the word for years; from about a year and a half to two years old, it’s been on my mind for Danny, but we never made it official. For a while, there was a bit of “maybe it’s just…” going on. Maybe it’s just his hearing loss. Maybe it’s just out…
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Progress

Daniel has been very busy this last week or so doing some of his Christmas jobs. Last year, he didn’t do anything himself – I wrote out his cards after a long and unfruitful attempt at getting him to help, and I purchased and wrapped presents “from Daniel.” This year, he took £15 of his…
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Decisions with extra dimensions

Every decision I make has to be carefully weighed up against Daniel’s autism. The biggie at the moment is whether or not to try for a baby with my new partner before it is too late – given that I’m 36 now! There are health issues to consider, as well as I have IBS medication…
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Senory Issue Support at Theaters

I was hesitant to write this post in an effort to respect The Older’s privacy. However, when something like this comes along, I think it’s in part my ‘duty’ to share information in the hopes it helps other parents of kids who have sensory issues/Autism/Asperger syndrome. My son’s school went on a field trip to…
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Summer School

Danny’s first half of summer school is over, though the kid doesn’t know it yet! He’s got a whole week off, and I don’t know if he’ll know what to do with himself. I’m going to have to keep them busy, I’m sure! He’s doing very well at school. Drop off can still be questionable…
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Danny and the iPod – Learning Through Play

Since the day Danny got his hands on my iPod (aka, the day I finally gave in), Danny has adored the thing. Now, this is not overly strange in any way… Both of my kids are very technologically inclined, and honestly, they both love to play on it. The thing that makes it worth noting…
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Trick or Treating with an Autistic Child

So, I’m done asking the question “is he really…” I’m done answering it to. People ask me, almost constantly, “Since he has been diagnosed with 22q deletion, is he *really* autistic?” The quick answer is: We don’t know. He could outgrow the tendencies he is showing, he could learn to control certain behaviors and sensory…
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What’s the Deal with Jonah

I was 38 weeks pregnant with Evie when Jonah and I made our way to the county hospital lab. I was emotionally numb from the evaluation we had just left. It was in a fog that I navigated the stroller through the sterile-smelling hallways, only halfway reading the signs that were directing me to our…
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Monsters Under Mommy’s Bed

I never really had a problem as a kid with being scared of the dark or monsters in my closet. I did have an awful episode once after watching Nature on snakes and then screaming myself to sleep because I could feel them crawling all over me. My parents were kind enough to put me…
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