Jennifer Dyer

Jennifer Dyer

Jennifer Dyer has an M.S. in Communications Disorders, which served her well in her professional career as a speech-language pathologist. Never did she imagine that her education and career were God’s way of preparing her to be a mom to her own daughter with autism. Today, she enjoys reaching out to other families who face similar diagnoses. As a cancer survivor, carpet-cleaning veteran, and originator of the “Messy House Ministry,” Jennifer feels blessed to share joy, peace, and humor with others facing life’s challenges. She and her IT genius husband Brandon have been married since 1998.


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Therapy and Mom: Rethinking My Role in God’s Eyes

While attending a continuing education session for my speech-language pathology license, I was struck by how intimately the divine hand of God works in all things, especially Rachel’s life. Almost…

Christmas, Special Needs, and Surviving Gatherings

It’s the Christmas season again. Time to get out the decorations, visit with family and prepare for tantrums, stripping naked, and for asking to go home as soon as we…

Ditching the Holiday Diva

Some people look forward to the holidays. Some dread it. Some can’t remember what day it is in general. As a mom of two—one “neuro-typical” and one with autism—a cancer…

Where is Your Focus?

The other day, eldest and I were discussing her day at school. She mentioned a friend of hers who was feeling sad and lonely. The girl had said, among other…

Messy House Ministry and Living My Words

Yesterday I had to practice what I preached.  Again. A neighbor stopped by while I worked in the yard. Her daughter is a friend of eldest’s, so I invited them…

Autism and Teaching Discipline

When we relocated last year we were blessed to find an autism behavior specialist who agreed to work with Rachel. At first, though, I was nervous. The therapy discipline in…

Great SEX-pectations

When I was newly engaged (and long before that), I expected sex would be the easy part of marriage. Expectations cause so much trouble, don’t they? I wonder if I’m…

School is Coming

Mid August. I can’t believe another summer has come and gone. Instead of the “What are we going to do today?” question, we are about to plunge into “What else…

Summer Haircuts, Cutting Remarks, and a Mom’s Scissored Heart

If your child has any sort of sensory issues, you probably shuddered when you saw “haircut.” You know how hard that is. For Rachel, with severe autism, apraxia, and a…

Fourth of July, Big Gatherings, and Autism

Another holiday filled with family, noise, and chaos looms ahead. While it can be fun, for Rachel and her autism it can also be problematic. We often don’t get invited…

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