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Playing Cards with My Autistic Daughter

Earlier today, my youngest daughter, who is severely autistic, decided to play cards. Can you believe I used to alphabetize my pantry? Now, I just try not to fall and break…

Exciting Breakthrough with My Autistic Daughter

For the last several years, my life has been a mess, in more than one manner of speaking. Autism threw us one crisis after another, often several at a time. Exhaustion and emotional…

Autism

If you are new to the world of autism, there is help for the uninitiated. Three years ago when I first heard my daughter’s diagnosis of severe autism, I felt…

A New Perspective — Helping a Friend Cope with Alzheimer’s

Over the last several months I’ve watched one of my good friends experience a new season of life. Shortly after her diagnosis with Alzheimer’s, it became apparent that my friend’s…

Spring Break Nearly Broke Me — Traveling with a Special Needs Child

Since the birth of Rachel and her subsequent diagnosis with autism, vacations have taken on a new meaning. Traveling with children always resembles a circus with the parade of blankies and…

Greater Love

The other day I was running late … again. Imagine that. I’d been watching the clock and felt I had plenty of time to get to our special needs gymnastics…

Failure to Live up to My Own Expectations

The other day one of my friends said, “Some days I feel as if I walk around with a big F for failure on my forehead. It seems I always fail in some…

A New Appreciation for Preschool Parents and Teachers

This morning as I jumped into the car after dropping of my youngest at her preschool for special needs, my phone rang. I answered, unsuspecting. “Jennifer?” I heard a measure of desperation…

Autism and Alzheimer’s

One of my good friends cares for her mother who has advanced Alzheimer’s disease. This friend also has a son with Asperger’s—a mild form of autism. As my youngest daughter,…

Road Trip … Need I Say More?

Another travel season, another road trip … Can I quote Dickens? “These are the best of times and the worst of times.” As I surveyed the mound of clothes, toys, gluten-free…

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