Are you there God?

The conversation started innocently. I was at a friend’s cookout. A mutual friend and I began conversing about CCD (Catholic education). Bridget is of the age to begin CCD and learn the rites of passage in the faith. There are just a few small problems with that: 1. While she is of “age” she is not of “grade” (most children begin at 1st grade) 2. Learning (enough said) and 3. while most kids do not understand what sin is they do know right from wrong....more

The R-word - how the times have changed ...... but we still have some work to do

Long ago (long, long ago) when I was 12 or 13, my friend Sue and I participated in a Bike-A-Thon. We met up with a couple of friends Joe and Ron, who were also participating. I remember it being a lot of fun with the exception of Susan smashing into and ruining Ron’s bike gears. We had so much fun that we went around the route twice (much to the dismay of the people who pledged by the mile – I was young; this did not occur to me at the time). ...more

The Word Retarded: Does It Hurt? Do We Need It?

Retarded. Tough word. Tough sounding. Hearing the word retarded may make some cringe, but it's out there.  I've been told I was lucky to have a retarded child. ...more

The Word Retarded: Does It Hurt? Do We Need It?

Retarded. Tough word. Tough sounding. Hearing the word retarded may make some cringe, but it's out there.  I've been told I was lucky to have a retarded child. ...more

Secrets, Surprises, a Little Bit of Faith and Pizza…………

This past February all of the Winter Guard parents were asked to contribute a short story or memory about our Winter Guard Director. She would be celebrating her “-Mumble, mumble -th” Birthday in March. Her son wanted to put together a book of memories for her....more

What are Activities of Daily Living?

What are Activities of Daily Living?...more

Throwing Away the Red Shirt

Next week Man will participate in a “moving up” ceremony, a graduation of sorts, from pre-school.  I remember the first day so clearly. I cried; he walked right in.  I was fearful; I knew what a challenge he could be at home—what  if they couldn’t handle him?...more

Heart Healers

Want to help heal some kids hearts? ...more

After an Autism Diagnosis: 13 Crucial Next Steps For Parents

If your child has recently been diagnosed with autism, as my son was in 2003, here's what I want you to know: Learn from me, don't be me. Leo, around the time of his diagnosis. Photo: © Jonathan Mandel, used with permission ...more
Before my son was diagnosed with Autism (and ADHD) I'd never given it a second thought just how ...more

Second Star to the Right……… and hang a left.

DC and I were driving to the store this past weekend. He was listening to the Peter Pan CD that he had checked out of the library a few days earlier. Like many of the books he borrows each week, he already owns this CD, but still he must check it out from the library. The “library” CD’s are to be listened to in the car only – this is one of those “official DC rules” that he makes up in his head....more
ebethclay thank you for the RT! Second Star to the Right……… and hang a left. ...more