My children were both diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder within a 2 month period. Gray was diagnosed just before he turned 4, and Hope was diagnosed 2 days before her second birthday. In the blink of an eye, the trajectory of our lives was utterly altered. Continue reading The Babygate Scandal
In my opinion, “literally” is literally one of the most over-used, incorrectly applied words in the English language. “I mean, I literally jumped 10 feet in the air!” Um, no, you literally did not.
But literal thinking and behavior takes on a whole new meaning when navigating life with children on the autism spectrum. These kids tend to be very literal, concrete thinkers and you must choose your words carefully. Continue reading Like, Literally!
I think it’s pretty clear that there are some significant challenges involved in raising special needs children, and sometimes they can be heartbreaking and gut-wrenching. But, not always. There are some really unique, wonderful things about people on the autism spectrum. One of those things for my son, Gray, is his awesome memory. Continue reading The Day My GPS Broke
When you have a child who doesn’t behave typically, you can basically count on stares, comments and occasional questions. It’s just a part of life with special needs children, and since my children, in particular, have pretty much pulled off every appalling behavior you can think of in public, I’m now pretty much beyond embarrassment. Things happen, and life goes on. Continue reading Bullying? Or, something else?
Remember that old song, “Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better?” Growing up as the youngest of five children, that somehow became my unofficial motto. Competitiveness can be a great asset, but can also be a tremendous downfall. Ask me how I know!
Years ago, my parents fell in love, got married and started a family. First a girl, then 20 months later a boy. Three years later, another little girl and 20 months later along came another little boy. Isn’t it cool how they had such evenly matched sets? Continue reading Anything You Can Do…