Autism

Dinnertime, Autism, and the Reality of my Not-Picture-Perfect Life

Just after Rachel (my daughter on the autism spectrum) turned two, she started climbing on the dining room table. Once standing on the surface, she would stomp around and boogie….

Special Needs Friendships

Last night at my support group, one of the moms brought up a good point about the importance of friendships for children, teens, and young adults with special needs. As…

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…

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,…

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