My featured blog post on “Every Family’s Got One (a story that is)”

Hello everyone! I invite you to check out the heartfelt blog Every Family’s Got One (a story that is). This site is run by two amazing women who feature real stories about real families. Today, they are focusing on a piece I wrote two years ago when I was really struggling with my son’s diagnosis,Continue reading “My featured blog post on “Every Family’s Got One (a story that is)””

Being Brave

Four years ago, my son was diagnosed with autism. He was three. It was scary and confusing and very lonely. Four years ago, I started this blog. It brought me both relief and compassion as I learned with other parents how to understand and help my struggling child. I learned how to laugh and toContinue reading “Being Brave”

Autism Still Lives Here

Autism still lives here. I want it to leave. I’ve tried taming it, coaxing it, encouraging it to move on. For awhile now, I thought it listened. So sure was I that it had vacated the premises, I made comments like, “I’m not so sure he even has autism,” and “Was the diagnosis even correct?”Continue reading “Autism Still Lives Here”

ASD, SPD, WTF?

I’ve been grappling with something. Does my four year-old son really have autism? It’s not an easy question to answer. The umbrella seems rather wide, and my son has just squeaked his way under it. He can’t always find protection from the rain; part of him is perpetually sticking out. There are moments when hisContinue reading “ASD, SPD, WTF?”

Raising the Socially Awkward Extrovert

  Me! Pick me! I know! I know! You know this child. He pushes his way to the front of the line, to the front of the class, to the front row of the photo. His hand is the first one up, his answer shouted out before he’s actually called on. He sings the loudest,Continue reading “Raising the Socially Awkward Extrovert”

Lightning Bolt Underwear: why you need a pair

Boy runs. Mom weeps. Parenting. My four year-old son ran his first race: a 3K. It started with a declaration to the lady handing out bibs and shirts: “I’m wearing lightning bolt underwear!” He was convinced his underwear would give him powers to run quickly. They did. When the bull horn went off, he took offContinue reading “Lightning Bolt Underwear: why you need a pair”

Happy Blogiversary!

Today I celebrate my blog’s one-year anniversary.  Over the past year, I’ve managed to post 40 pieces about my life, and in doing so, I’ve joined this cyber-world of bloggers I never knew existed. It has completely transformed my life. After years of remission, I can finally call myself a writer again.  After years ofContinue reading “Happy Blogiversary!”

The Elusive Dipped Cone

Catastrophe: noun. an event causing great and often sudden damage or suffering; a disaster. This story is not. It’s been a month, so this event is actually pretty funny to me now (ah, Time, you good ‘ol healer).  When it was happening though, it really sucked. This is the story of me, my four year-old, and his side-kickContinue reading “The Elusive Dipped Cone”

Just so you’re AWARE…

autism: noun. one of many terms to help describe (and explain) my son. Many of you probably already know April is Autism Awareness Month. It was, ironically enough, last April that we received my son’s “official” (ADOS-approved) diagnosis of ASD.  Everywhere I turned there were billboards and commercials and news reports and online propaganda screaming atContinue reading “Just so you’re AWARE…”

Meltdowns: “You ain’t seen nothin’!”

Whenever my friends describe “meltdowns” their young children have, I have to restrain myself from busting out into maniacal laughter. They really have no idea. If you’re a parent, you know what meltdowns look like.  They’re not pretty. If you’re a parent of an aggressive child with special needs, you know what a meltdown feelsContinue reading “Meltdowns: “You ain’t seen nothin’!””