Knock, knock, knock on wood....

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Special Speak: Managing the World of Language

Commanding the physical world occupies much of my time. Washing hands, cleaning vegetables, vacuuming, picking up clothes, and all day long putting things "just so." My son and I don't always see the world in the same way. I've got a lot to learn to communicate effectively with him. His command of the world takes a twist he sees no reason to justify. To him, licking the window on the bus might be the greatest thing ever. Why not? ...more

A Belated Holiday Letter for All the Late Bloomers

I was rifling through a stack of papers on the counter yesterday and came across a holiday letter that arrived in a card from some friends of ours around Christmas. Okay. I feel your sneer of judgment. Yes. I still have holiday mail on our kitchen counter. Guess what? We still have a broken, faux Christmas tree lying on the floor in the rec room too....more

To the Mom in the Hospital Waiting Room

Dear Mom Waiting at the Orthopedics Clinic with her Kids,It was a hot day. And heat means it's going to be a rough day for my son, Branko.  Summertime breathing was a gruelling task due to all the fluid junk in his chest. I showed up in the waiting room, scanning the area for a wall socket that I could plug his portable oxygen concentrator (POC) into. You kindly moved over so I could have a closer seat. I'm going to be honest: sometimes people, even parents of sick kids, don't move over. Thanks for that....more

Surviving the Initial Autism Diagnosis

Surviving the Initial Autism Diagnosis (an open letter to new parents) ...more

Because Adoption, Because Attention Deficit Disorder, Because Absolutely Everything, Because Nothing

Over the past few years, the following things have been offered to us as possible "causes" for the behavioral problems we have experienced with our seven-year-old son, Harper. Most of the time the suggestions have been made in love, purely out of concern. Occasionally they have been "casually" dropped into a conversation in correction or judgement. Some are shoved down our throats via Facebook articles and blogs. ...more If you are interested in learning more about RAD, our family was ...more

Embrace What Makes You Unique~ Why we need more people like Draven Rodriguez & Graham Moore

From Seriously Not Boring: “Embrace What Makes You Unique~ Why we need more people like Draven Rodriguez & Graham Moore” by Jennifer Roberts Bittner ...more

avoiding (tongue) depression

“He’s doing better, right? He shouldn’t have to go to the doctor. I mean, why put him through the stress?”My husband must have heard the pleading in my voice because he agreed that our son seemed to be on the mend. Philip no longer sneezed out hunks of snot. He hadn’t coughed in my face for hours. He ate and drank normally, ran no fever, and had the energy to knock over our bookcase. Twice. When Philip fell asleep, I was hopeful that he would be fully recovered by morning so I wouldn’t have to put myself through the stress of taking him to the doctor....more

Regrets: not fighting harder for inclusion

I suppose my first confession will be that I am writing this on Saturday…and may possibly post it on Saturday…I am still calling it the Sunday Confessional.Regrets.We all have them in some form or another. I suppose that the toughest ones for a lot of us revolve around our children and parenting in some way. I generally don’t like to hold on to them. I am for the most part a “glass half full” kind of gal…a positive person. So “could have”, “should have”, “would have” type regrets are generally not my thing…...more

Are we breaking?