Suck it up--A realistic guide to parenting kids with Autism

I recently read several blogs talking about the anguish and tragedy involved in having a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Been there, done that, survived it—three times. You read that right--three. All three of our children (2 girls, 1 boy) had diagnoses on that magical spectrum before each one had turned four. FINALLY I was the overachiever my parents always wanted me to be!!!...more
My first visit to the Autistic room my son would be attending, I spoke to the teacher. He said ...more

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Autism symptoms may be influenced by GI content

A new study using mice has found that dietary glycemic index could play a major role on autism symptoms.In the study, researchers found that mice (specially bred to have autism) following a high-GI diet exhibited the expected symptoms of autism, including repetitive actions and impaired social interactions.The mice also had less doublecortin in their brains; especially the region associated with memory. This is a protein indicator of newly developing neurons. ...more

Being in the Moment with Autism

Raising a child with autism is the hardest thing many people will ever do and it will go on for years, for as long as you both shall live. Some days it’s like running a marathon made up of 100 yard sprints. Other days it’s like standing on one leg on a swivel chair to change a light bulb.My stepson will receive his high school diploma in two weeks. He is 22....more
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An Autistic Child is NOT a Criminal

This is, even without the overlying racial implication, vile in the extreme: ...more

The Lesson of the Blue Cup: Teaching Independence by Doing Nothing

"Outside," my son said, as he pointed to the windows. The day was warm, the kind we've been waiting for all year. We gathered a game to play outside and a blanket to sit on. He led the way. We sat on the blanket. We discussed the rules of the game. "We have to hit these targets," I said. I threw neon green and pink paddles made out of velcro out into the grass. We each had our ball. "Watch," I said. I lopped the ball and missed. My son laughed. "You're turn," I said. "OK," he said. He tossed the ball. It bounced once and hit the target. ...more

Mata Bhagwanti Chadha Niketan Determined to Educate Children with Special Needs

Education plays a pivotal role in any child's life, but when it comes to children who are specially blessed it becomes even more crucial. With a vision of unveiling a new horizon of life for the differently-abled children, Mata Bhagwanti Chadha Niketan (MBCN), a venture of Wave Group's philanthropic wing The Ponty Chadha Foundation goes out in front....more

Mom and Sensory Overload

Last fall I got sick. It started with a sinus infection, but it just wouldn't go away. I went to a clinic and got medication. It didn't work, so I called back and got some more. Not to give you TMI but the sinus drainage had stopped, while the headaches remained.I felt awful. My head hurt so badly and I spent a lot of my time on the couch. I am an active person. Spending time laying on the couch is not something I do. I felt super useless, especially in the evening....more

A Letter to my fellow special needs parents

To my fellow warrior parents:I see you everywhere. I see you on the streets. I see you in stores and restaurants. I even see you at doctor and therapy appointments. I don’t know about you but I can spot you from a mile away....more