Courtney and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

 Just published my newest post about a super craptastic day. Wondering if you'd be interested in sharing with your readers. (the final quote is a meme so I attached it)...more

Major study of data shows ADHD doubles risk of early death

Still need a reason to get your kid's attention skills strengthened? Researchers from Denark looked at data from 32,061 people with ADHD over 32 years. (26% were women). They also had a total of 1,922,248 people in the national database so they had a huge "control" population. They found:- When looking at "all-cause mortality rate" (death from all causes), people with ADHD died at a rate of 5.85 for every 10,000. Those without ADHD died at a rate of only 2.21....more

What I Fear Most as a Special Needs Mom

The day we found out about your special needs, your diagnosis of cerebral palsy, I never worried for myself. I already knew I loved you with all my heart. I already knew I would do whatever it took to take care of you. I already knew I would be willing to sacrifice anything for your well-being and happiness. I knew I wouldn't trade you for the world, because you are my world. ...more
This is so beautiful. I just came  across your blog today (Coincidentally I even emailed you!) ...more

The Big Bang Theory: My Son Has Found His "Penny"

People in the autism community either love The Big Bang Theory, or they hate it.  I love it.  The show never specifically says Sheldon Cooper has autism, but it can be inferred that he has something along the lines of an undiagnosed high functioning autism spectrum disorder and/or OCD.  He is hilarious, and gives he me some hope.  Okay, odds are that Brandon isn't going to grow up to be a quirky genius scientist.  But hey, it's fun to imagine his life that way....more

If You Want to Know How to Treat a Child With Autism...

My nephew, Karson, is just nine months older than Brandon.  When they were both babies, this was a huge age difference.  When Brandon was just born, Karson was already crawling around.  When Brandon was just a few months old, Karson was walking and saying a few words.  Karson was always way ahead of Brandon, but that was to be expected.  There is a a major difference between, say, a 6-month-old and 15-month-old....more

Why I Used to Cringe at the word "Autistic," and Why I Don't Anymore

I used to cringe at the word autistic.   I hated that word....more

How Did You Know He Has Autism?

The most common question people ask me is this: How did you know he has autism?  This is an understandable question.  Most people are pretty unfamiliar with what autism is - thus, my blog.  Brandon doesn’t have any physical characteristics of a disability....more

I Cheated Today: A Lighthearted Story About Trusting Your Instincts

I totally cheated at nap time today.  I snuggled Brandon in his bed until he feel asleep.  Will I pay for it tomorrow?  Possibly.  He may decide that he doesn't want to take a nap because he wants Mommy to lay with him again.  But, I have to trust my instincts, and mine told me it was okay to bend the rules today....more

Inside that Special Needs Village: whom to listen to and whom to ignore

Since we are going to be spending time discussing how to handle your child's special needs village I have decided to create a list of personnel that are essential to a well functioning machine. I have found that at any given time I have had at least half of this list (at times in life almost the entire list in fact) working in concert making certain that the boys functioned to the best of their ability. By the way the list is as valid today, for my young-men, as when they were in pre-school : YOUPsychiatrist...more