Sisters publish from their blog

Sisters publish novel from their blog on Asperger’s syndromeBy Aislinn Sarnacki, BDN StaffPosted Oct. 02, 2011, at 8:28 p.m. ...more

Wicked Good - Mass Blogging Day

Mass Blogging Day on October 10th: ...more

Wicked Good - 2 sisters, 2 states and Asperger's syndrome

My sister and I have written a novel called Wicked Good. It's the story of a mother and her son with Asperger's syndrome. People frequently ask how it came to be that two sisters wrote a novel together while living in different states.It was March. The snow was dirty brown and the sun was absent here in Bangor, Maine....more

I'm so impressed that you guys went out there and wrote a book. It actually sounds really good, ...more

How to Raise a Curmudgeon

Big Brother is a sweet kid. Really.He has a good heart (yes, kids with Asperger's can show empathy), is extremely smart (too much so for his own good), and has a keen sense of humor.That said, I am under no illusion that my son is easy to deal with. To start with, he's not exactly chatty.  A man of few words, long winded conversations are not his forte.No one would ever, ever describe him as a people pleaser.  He'll never be one to fall for the Just-Do-It-For-Me crap or any other guilt-laden requests....more

Wicked Good - The Value of That

             I spend a lot of my time trying to figure out how to get our novel Wicked Good into the hearts and minds of strangers. I know my friends and family will read the book, if they haven’t already done so. And I appreciate all of you more than I can properly express. But now that the hardcover is going to be released in less then one month – it’s time for Wicked Good to reach broader exposure. People who don’t know me or Amy. The question is – how?...more

Wicked Good - Did Sherlock Holmes have Asperger's syndrome?

     In 1887, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle introduced the world to an isolated, socially-awkward and eccentric man named Sherlock Holmes. Under Conan Doyle’s pen, Holmes was obsessive and compulsive. He didn’t seem to have conversations but rather single-minded discourses. He had no friends other than the dedicated Watson.     Could it be, as others have suggested, that Holmes had Asperger’s syndrome?...more

Revisitng ABA

Did I ever mention how we're tried just about every therapy out there?  ABA, RDI, OT, CBT, Speech, Beyond Consequences -- you name it, we've tried it.  Yes, we're THAT desperate.Did I mention we were also utter failures at just about every one?  I was just ready to give up and commit myself to the funny farm when we were awarded a grant to do some behavioral therapy with Big Brother.  Not one to waste an opportunity, I enlisted the help of the autism treatment center where he did his summer camp and after-school program....more

Wicked Good - update

 Hi Everyone -    Please see our blog at www.wickedgoodthebook.blogspot.com for an update on the publishing process of Wicked Good.Thanks, Amy and Joannewww.wickedgoodthebook.blogspot.comwww.amyandjoanne.comamyandjoanne@gmail.com ...more

There's A First Time For Everything

Hello all!I've been lurking here for over a year and am finally getting around to an actual post.  Yes, I'm not exactly what you'd call quick.Anyway, onto an introduction.  I'm a mom.  I'm a writer.  I have four kids.  And I blog.Sounds pretty typical, right?  Not so fast.We're not your average rainbow and unicorn family here.  Domestic bliss is never an adjective used to describe us.  Why, we're kind of -- for lack of a better word -- complicated....more

Just a dash of Asperger's, please...

So, I sat in a developmental pediatrician's office this summer and listened to her expound on a dash of Asperger's.  My son can really turn on the charm with docs and this was no exception.  I sat there and wondered if I should have videotaped the downloading about every single thing that happened in band class---to everyone else.  Or maybe it could have been the debriefing about every day after school last year, when the glass was not only not half full, but cracked and dirty as well.  Or maybe the technological obsessions that require interventions.  ...more