A Sudden Trip Inside A Medical Maze

Just a quick post to get the ball rolling.I have spent the last seven months listening and  watching from a distance as my adult daughter's life has been twisted through a maze of part time employment, baby well checks, appointments and testing, plus in home monthly programs, etc. The heartbreaking diagnosis of Autism was reached just a few weeks ago. My grand daughter is 19 months old. We knew something wasn't on track around ten months ago. ...more

Monsters Incorporated

For some time, Bunny has been experiencing a reoccurring nightmare.  She dreams monsters come in our house and eat our entire family, except for her.  She is left alone with no parents, no home, and no place to go....ContinueLanita Moss A Mother's Hood ...more

Bucketful 'O Feelings

Emotions and feelings shouldn’t be a hard thing, although ask any man in an all-female household and he will tell you he is screwed when it comes to feelings and emotions....ContinueLanita Moss A Mother's Hood ...more

Stress Fracture

Stress fractures aren’t an actual break in the bone and you can’t really see them on an x-ray, but they are incredibly painful and if not treated, they can create more complex problems later.I have a stress fracture right now, but it isn’t in my bones.It is in my marriage....ContinueLanita Moss A Mother's Hood ...more

Banishing Mommy Guilt

A few days ago an article was published on MSNBC about a study that claims that the risk of Autism goes up three fold if a child is conceived within 12 months after the birth of a previous child. The article infuriated me. As I read, all I could hear was "It's all your fault" over and over in my head. My two kids are just shy of 16 months apart....more

Surviving the Holidays with Autism

Up here in Canada, we had our Thanksgiving back in October, so we're all getting ready for Christmas/Hanukkah/other winter holidays.  I'm going to be very honest: I celebrate Christmas, so my default for the holiday season is Christmas.  This doesn't mean that stuff I say cannot be used for other holidays, it's just a religious difference, use as need. ...more

19 Nervous Breakdowns

Audrey will have 19 first days of school, assuming that she graduates from college.  Doesn't sound so bad when you put it like that, does it?  But when each of them represents a complete emotional meltdown, adjustments in meds, a...more

Variety's Child and the Paralympics

As a proud Aunt I'm about to share with you great news. Our family is so excited, but first  you must know how it came to be.  One Olympic party came to a close and another celebration started, the Paralympic Games. Many determined athletes are competing right now to represent their country and in my opinion to help us realize that nothing is impossible.  It may not get as much coverage as the Olympics but there is just as much enthusiasm and joy, disappointment and dreams fulfilled every day that passes....more

You May Approach the Short Bus

Shannon Des Roches Rosa here. You may already know me as the flippant but steely autism mom Squid Rosenberg from The Adventures of Leelo and His Potty-Mouthed Mom, or as the co-founder of the schoolyard social stories and special needs fundraising book and blog project Can I Sit With You? But if you don’t know me at all, then let me tell you why I'm honored and excited to be a BlogHer Contributing Editor on parenting children with special needs: ...more

Your blog is truly inspiring! I am mom of a child with autism. We should all come together ...more