Pickles, Pitches and Water Balloons

Today is just a post about something that I’ve been throwing around in my head this last week.  There’s no big spiritual lesson, no earth shattering deep thoughts, but just a few thoughts that I am trying to figure out. ...more

Unexpected

Summer has had its highs and lows for Princess and Birdie, as expected.  When spectrum-y kids go from a highly structured daily schedule like school, to a loosely scheduled, mostly by-the-seat-of-your-pants daily routine, things are bound to be unpleasant at times....more

Autism detection using scalp electrodes? Yup.

Researchers at Boston Children's Hospital have successfully been able to detect autism using noninvasive EEG brain traces.The traces record brain activity via scalp electrodes, and in this case were clearly able to distinguish which of nearly 1,000 kids had autism.The study found 33 EEG patterns linked to autism in kids from two to 12 years old.The brain researchers repeated their analysis 10 times and around 90 percent of the time were able to correctly detect which kids had autism.Next up: the researchers will repeat the study but with kids with Asperger's....more

Summer Survival Tactics for Introvert Moms

My children -- the most delightful and cherished children in our Western Hemisphere -- are out of school for the summer! Yay! Or, to be honest, eep....more
Pssst: read the whole story. :) The last part is about getting the hell away from the computer ...more

Raising a Dyslexic Teen

Imagine knowing only English and being asked to read a textbook in Italian or write a paragraph in Danish. That's what each day is like for my teenage daughter who has processing disorder and dyslexia, a neurologically based disorder that causes difficulties in language-related tasks.   ...more
 @Chris--MomathonBlog.com It's so great to have these learning tools/adjustments available now!  more

Cornelia de Lange Syndrome (CdLS)

I have met a mother who defies every sense of the word, impossible.  She has been driven to deal with what most of us could never fathom, for a minute, a second or even a millisecond.  She is the superior essence of a mother.  Her daughter has Cornelia de Lange Syndrome (CdLS).   ...more

The Ever-So-Necessary Summer Schedule

This being the first week of summer break and all, most people are at home basking in the glories of reduced responsibilities and increased relaxation time....more

My Conundrum

co-nun-drum            1: an intricate and difficult problem.                                                                          2 : a question or problem having only a conjectural answer.  ...more

Resilience Through Adversity: Gaining strength from life's hardships

Last week I attended a conference held by a pharmaceutical company for leaders in the bleeding disorder community. Many of the leaders were parents of a child with a bleeding disorder such as hemophilia or von Willebrand’s. Others had the diseases themselves and all were learning how to "tell their stories" in order to mentor and inspire others living with the disease. These folks came from many different backgrounds including ethnicities, geographical locations, and socio-economic situations....more

"It's Not Fair to the Normal Kids." Are You Kidding Me, Lady?

I told her that my son has autism and she responded, "oh, my nephew is autism." Yes, she said it like that -- should have been my first clue. She continued: "They try to stick him in with the normal kids, but I just don't think it makes any sense. It's not doing ANYONE any good having him with NORMAL kids...." ...more
Oh...I forgot to add that the inclusion program also includes ESOL students so on top of ...more