Untreated ADHD linked to addiction in kids, teens and adults

If you think not treating your child's ADHD will only affect their grades, think again.There's a lot of research out there about the correlations between ADHD and various kinds of addiction. Here are just a few I ran across:1. Food addiction - The same impulsivity that leads some with ADHD to absue drugs and alchol can lead to food addiction  - especially binge eating and bulimia. It's less likely in anorexia, which is more about "control" than impulsivity....more

The Autism Journey

Who do you think made the first stone spears? The Asperger guy. If you were to get rid of all the autism genetics, there would be no more Silicon Valley. Temple Grandin...more
cdrdash Thank you for the encouragement.  It is a challenging journey.  I choose to look at the ...more

New Study Says Genetic Defect Depends on the Woman's Age: Worst Article I've Ever Read

I popped on the news feed before bed - (highly recommend against this) - and a study reported by National Public Radio appeared with this headline: With Gene Disorders, The Mother's Age Matters, Not the Egg's. ...more

The Reading Puzzle Finds Another Piece: The duck, the dog and a big yes!

In its own, special way, the puzzle comes together. All the work parents pour into special kids has unknown outcomes. When a child will walk, or talk, or read, we have no idea. As we wait and watch, once and awhile, a puzzle falls into place. ...more

Take A Breath And Let Go - Learning Not To Hover Over My Autistic Son

The kids and I just spent the last ten days with my brother and his family in Kansas. We had a wonderful time! I have five nieces and nephews and we went on all kinds of fun outings and watched movies and hung out and laughed and laughed and laughed. On July 4th, we joined them at a neighborhood party which was a serious thrill for my kids because of the level of fireworks involved. In that part of Kansas, they can buy all sorts of great fireworks at roadside stands that are firmly outlawed in our home state....more
It's hard to let go. Remembering that they are boys and girls first can be shadowed by our ...more

B is for Bird:Teaching a Special Needs Child to Read

"UP" points to the top of the stairs. "DOWN," of course, points down. I tape words and letters to walls and balls and stuffed rabbits and birds to help my son learn to read. "P" for patient is the one I should tape to my forehead. ...more

Travel With Special Needs Kids Part II: To Infinity and Beyond

Hands down, it's easier to stay home. Without question, we'll be "fine" without ever stepping out the door into the wilderness, the next town, or another country. Travel - why bother at all? And why in the world risk taking a special needs kid through the hassle of travel? As a single parent of a two children and a special boy, it makes no logical sense to travel beyond our comfort zone. Then again, that's exactly why we choose to do it. ...more

Camping with Kids

{All photos in this post were taken with my iPhone. You can expect "real" photos and some videos in the upcoming days. As soon as I recover from our "relaxing" weekend.}...more

A Decade of Violence Turns to Freedom

The fourth of July brings together families and friends; cooks up mounds of great food; and finishes with a bang at the end. Freedom, for some, is more than a yearly celebration. Freedom is the right to live with dignity, love, and have a safe place to call home. ...more
Sometimes the only thing that would help me through one day to the next was I would be able to ...more

Fireside Chat With The Autism Mom: My Boy Is A Lightweight And I Am So Proud!

I just made Evan weigh himself. The last time he was officially weighed was at the doctor's office back in April. He weighed over 200 lbs then...I think 203. Today, with Scott's verification, he weighs in at a no-too-shabby 178!Now, I do recognize there's a difference in the weights of the doctor's scale and ours so I'll just crow that The Boy has lost approximately 20 lbs since our doctor's visit! That's pretty impressive if I do say so!...more