Hope During the Holidays (Jax Takes His First Steps)

Truthfully, the holidays aren't as bright as they used to be.I used to look forward to this time of year. For many years, the only time I could catch a flight home was during the holidays - I looked forward to that time for months. The anticipation and excitement of seeing family and friends put a bounce in my step and cheer in my heart....more
Denise Now he's non-stop! It's so amazing and fun!more

The Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Single Working Mom Day

I am a bad Mom today. As hard as that is, it's harder that I'm a bad Mom and I really can't do too much about it right now. This is a very busy week for me at work. My department is hosting a conference of high-level executives from all over the globe, and it's my job to coordinate the whole thing, from setup to logistics planning to execution. ...more
Thank you all for your warm and supportive words. Wouldn't it be nice if we lived in a world ...more

Take Care of Each Other

We were invited to a birthday party a few months ago of a little boy close to Christian's age. It was at a park. Christian is getting bigger and not looking like a baby so much so we get a lot of stares. We have a safe little bubble, our family, his school, of people who know him and love him. But when we step outside of the bubble it's glaringly apparent that Christian is different. Those who stare the longest and even make comments or look terrified are usually kids, mostly boys, that are pre-teen, around the ages of 8-10. ...more

Should Special Education Students Be Mainstream?

Special Education students should absolutely be mainstreamed. By mainstreaming these students, it will give them the opportunity to increase and build their self-esteem, it will allow them get motivated to reach their potential, and as well as allowing them to build social skills. Students who are in special education setting should not be segregated because of their academic challenges. They should be given the opportunities to co-exist with other students on a daily basis to bring along a sense of cohesion....more

No dice

As soon as I reached the top of the stairs, Philip came over to give me a hug. Or so I thought. Instead of reaching his arms around my waist, he lifted up my shirt.“Hey!” I exclaimed. “What are you doing?”Realizing the only thing that I was concealing under my top was a roll of belly fat, Philip let my shirt drop. Peter was the next one to be inspected. Philip grabbed his empty hands and  looked behind Peter’s back, but didn’t seem to find whatever he was searching for....more

Our trashy, cheesy Christmas

Philip had taken 291 pictures by the time we got home. He had only had the camera for an hour. It was one of his Christmas presents, the only one that he didn't try to throw away....more

Five hurdles gifted college students must overcome

Most gifted adolescents breathe a sigh of relief when they enter college. Finally, they will be with their intellectual peers. Finally, they won’t have to hide their abilities. Finally, they will be able to fully, unapologetically immerse themselves in their interests. Yet, gifted college students often face unexpected hurdles that must be overcome....more
As a gifted teen going into college next year, can I just say, this is COMPLETELY accurate!! I ...more

Love and Autism: "I Married An Aspie"

My love and I have not always had the perfect relationship. Oh who am I kidding, we still don't; there's one fairytale that will never ride off the silver screen on a white horse. Sorry ladies. ...more
CaraCreager Oh Cara, there is someone perfectly aligned with you, no doubt about it. We are all ...more

"Sad Is Harder Than Mad" - A Lesson I Learned From My Autistic Son

It was a snow day, and we were inside, my son and I. He was watching “Despicable Me” and I was catching up on my holiday baking.The wind was cold that afternoon, and he couldn’t bear the feel of it on his face, so sledding with his sister was not an option. He decided to keep me company instead. As I stood there mixing, he watched his movie and then he asked me a question.“Mom? Are the girls sad? Or mad?”...more
You're right, the sad doesn't go away. but it gets better with time.  Thanks for posting.more