Moms of Special Needs Children

Mom, Summertime Blues, and a Good Laugh

Ever had one of those days? The house has been flooded (twice) by a curious youngster with numerous rolls of toilet paper, the dog has turned shedding into an art…

My Child or Loved One was Diagnosed … Now What?

The other night I walked into my autism support group meeting and saw a new couple sitting at the table. They were hunched over and looked as if they been…

Autism Therapy, Consequences, and Mom Hanging Tough

A few weeks ago we started a new therapy program for Rachel. Our new therapist is trained in ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis), and we became acquainted with her through church….

Finding Joy in Sticky Circumstances

Barbeque sauce has many uses and is a wonderful food condiment. But I would not recommend it for car-interior detailing. How did I discover this nugget (ha … ha) of…

What is Home?

How do you define a home? What images come to your mind? Hot meals on a table? Decorating in that style? Stepping over a pile of laundry, dogs, and toys…

Moving, Autism, and a Tired Mommy

Yesterday I pulled into the driveway and eldest burst into tears. Why? The realtor had put a sign in our yard. It was official. We are moving back to Texas….

Autism, OCD, and Sunday School

Sundays are always interesting in the Dyer house. And by interesting, I don’t mean fun. When Rachel’s routine is disrupted, she becomes anxious. Anxiety prevents her from sleeping. Saturdays are…

Autism, the Community Pool, Stares, and Perseverance

It’s summertime! And that means pool time. … I’m not a huge fan of water. Watching it from a quiet beach? Yes! Taking my autistic daughter to a crowded swimming…

Autism: Expect the Unexpected

And don’t forget your loved one with autism doesn’t. The first day of summer snuck up on me. School came and went in a blink. The first summer morning started…

Tornados, Severe Weather, and Autism

I’m sure many of you have been through severe weather lately. It probably went something like this; you sit down for dinner only to be serenaded by tornado sirens and…

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