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Different Doesn’t Equal Bad

Different Doesn’t Equal Bad

This year, during the COVID pandemic, Christmas has looked different for many of us. Lots of people reacted very negatively. They were horrified to give up ages-old family traditions, angry to be restricted in their shopping or holiday activities, and resentful about...

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The Hardest Part of Navigating Life with An ASD Child

The Hardest Part of Navigating Life with An ASD Child

No, managing an inquisitive, often very bright, and seemingly out of control toddler or child is not the most difficult challenge parents of kids with ASD face. When my kids were very young, I thought it was the hardest thing ever. I could follow my two boys through...

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How do we find a therapist who “GET’S IT?”

How do we find a therapist who “GET’S IT?”

When a parent of a child on the spectrum goes looking for a therapist, it can feel like an uphill battle with no hope in sight. That’s because being the parent of a child on the autism spectrum is really hard! Nobody “get’s it!” Finding the Right Help There are so...

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The Cumulative Effect of ASD Aggravation and Gaslighting

The Cumulative Effect of ASD Aggravation and Gaslighting

In the name of being easy-going, it is so compelling to want to dismiss small scrapes that come up while living with an adult with high functioning autism. After all, it’s not the individual incident that is so egregious, horrible or disruptive. However, the...

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It’s Time for a New Dialogue About Autism

It’s Time for a New Dialogue About Autism

Up until now, our dialogue about autism has been very one dimensional. As the days of hyper-focus on autism’s cause and cure seem to be fading into the sunset, our attention has shifted to focusing on methods to “treat” autism. That is, the focus is on how to do...

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Chronic Loneliness Syndrome

Chronic Loneliness Syndrome

It hit me like a ton of bricks! Of course! Autism and chronic loneliness go hand in hand, whether you are the individual with ASD or someone in their family! That means that the loneliness I experience as a parent of 2 kids with ASD is a perfectly sensible response....

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Parental Stress and ASD

Parental Stress and ASD

Parental stress from ASD is a real thing. Last year Disability Scoop Magazine ran an article referencing research from the University of Wisconsin which measured the stress level of mothers with adolescent and young adult children on the autism spectrum.The study...

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Is it Autism or Ought-Ism?

Is it Autism or Ought-Ism?

If having Autism didn’t make it hard enough for people on the spectrum, being judged, mis-understood and invalidated makes the impact of the condition even harder. This is especially true when the source of the judgement is a professional. Because people with Autism...

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Secret Beliefs About Autism

Secret Beliefs About Autism

My mother used to say “…the proof is in the pudding.” She meant that actions speak louder than words. When talking about autism, this is often true. Recognizing Gifts & Talents As amazing as it seems to me, there are still so many people that don’t have a...

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Crisis, First Responders and Autism

Crisis, First Responders and Autism

Our first responders are some of the most compassionate, brave, well trained and needed individuals on the planet. Gratitude for First Responders Most of us – especially those of us with kids on the spectrum - have a huge appreciation for the job they are doing!...

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Every Child’s Got Some Diagnosis These Days!

Every Child’s Got Some Diagnosis These Days!

As the mother of two tough-to-raise kids, I can’t tell you how much relief the school bus was some days! When I could just get through the morning routine and get my kids successfully off to school, the day was already a success! Teachers Have a Hard Job I am sure I...

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Cosmic Wishes Granted

Cosmic Wishes Granted

I wonder how many school-aged children’s cosmic wishes were granted when the U.S. decided to suspend attendance in the 2020 school year 2-months before its scheduled completion? Didn’t we all once wish spring break would go on forever, and we wouldn’t have to return...

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What Does the Future Look Like to You?

What Does the Future Look Like to You?

If you are like me and many of the parents I talk to, you might feel that the future for your child with ASD is frightening. We wonder (more precisely worry) about how our kids will carve out a satisfying and successful life for themselves in a world that doesn’t...

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Making Up Your Mind Makes a Difference

Making Up Your Mind Makes a Difference

Who knew we had so much power over our own experience and outcomes? Like so many parents of children on the autism spectrum, my life with ASD has been a roller coaster of emotions, many of which felt out of my control! An incredibly deep desire to be a good parent and...

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Consistency Increases Compliance

Consistency Increases Compliance

“Take a seat” “Sit Down” “Find you chair” “Please be seated” All of these phrases mean the same thing, and for those of us who are flexible and whose minds are easily able to globalize concepts, it doesn’t really matter which of these is said to us, we understand. But...

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Creating a Routine Around Homework Can Help to Bring Calm

Creating a Routine Around Homework Can Help to Bring Calm

I heard something so touching from my 20-year old son with ASD as he described his girlfriend yesterday. A family friend had asked him what he liked so much about her, and he said that he loved her because he could always ask her when he felt confused about a...

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