Category Archives: Personal

People That Understand You – Priceless

A few months ago, I wrote about people in Connecticut that were making a difference for individuals on the spectrum. MJ participates in a program called the FOCUS Alternative Learning Center that is run by one of the people I … Continue reading

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Observations on Empathy

A recent experience has me rethinking and challenging some commonly held beliefs regarding autism and empathy. Continue reading

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Fitting In With Friends and Family

This past holiday weekend provided a reminder that the places in which our family fits in has changed over the years. Fortunately, although one changed for the worse, another changed for the better. We attended a large party on Saturday … Continue reading

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The X-Men Epic Morality Play

I finally got to see X-Men: The Last Stand (the third movie of the series) last night. I was never a big comic book fan but I’ve always loved a good epic story. The X-Men movies, and even the few … Continue reading

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A Blogging Binge

My blogging is always been erratic, but I feel a writing binge coming on. I’m going to ride out this desire to write while it lasts. The binge has it’s roots in many places. The past two weeks with the … Continue reading

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3 Things I Don’t Miss

I’ve written before that parenting, at it’s core, is not much different whether you are parenting a child on the spectrum or a neurotypical child. However, parents, like ogres, have layers and some of the outer layers are very different … Continue reading

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Parenting: Its Not That Different

Several months ago, Kristina posted a series of questions in a post at Autismland. One of the questions resonated with me and I’ve thought back to it regularly. Her question, and I’m paraphrasing, was “What’s different between parenting a child … Continue reading

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A View From the Delivery Room

Despite a healthy pregnancy, our oldest, LJ, came into the world in crisis. There was fetal distress. There was an umbilical cord tightening around his neck. There was a ‘crash’ c-section and a spinal that didn’t take, There was the … Continue reading

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Cycles

My intermittent breaks from blogging have been a very tangible indication of the cycles that my life takes. When I started this blog almost two years ago I would have felt a fair amount of guilt for not sticking with … Continue reading

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Self Advocacy – 8 Year-Old Style

This week, Lee took MJ and SJ on a short visit to a friend of a family member. The woman they visited knew that both boys were on the spectrum. During the visit, the SJ asked the woman for a … Continue reading

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