A Verdict on the Vaccination Boogeyman

Have you ever wondered why, exactly, vaccines are erroneously associated with autism? I'll tell you: In 1998, Dr. Andrew Wakefield held a press conference to announce that his research had revealed a possible link between the MMR vaccine and autism. He published his findings in the respected independent medical journal The Lancet, and spent the next few years promoting his vaccine-autism "concerns" through media outlets like the TV news magazine 60 Minutes....more

Great post!  No offense to any parents of children with autism, but I think some people ...more

Raising Kids With Trauma Bonds

Trauma bonds. Mmmmm. It's a phrase which warms the cockles of some of our hearts. *cough* Children who come from traumatic histories share a bond ... a trauma bond. For children who have lived together during that trauma, it can be even more pronounced. What does this mean - this "trauma bond" thing? ...more

No she does not want our help. She lives with her other mother who spoils her with the ...more

The Blessings that came with the use of Nintendo for our son with Special Needs

   A few years ago we purchased a Nintendo DS for our older son for Christmas. Little did we know that gift, would also become a gift for our younger son with special needs. He has Cerebral Palsy and was able to play the game to our surprise.  This helped him with his hand eye coordination.  His therapists both Physical & Occupational also recommended the use of Wii sports as a at home therapy....more

Winterproofing Kids Who Don't Get Cold

My son's internal thermostat is busted, which is not surprising; atypical sensory perceptions are common in but not limited to people with autism. Since Leo doesn't care about being cold and he's also sensitive to clothing textures, we've got ourselves a boy who prefers to be all naked, all the time -- and who, if we're not vigilant, frequently is....more

My son Jack has no thermometer.  He doesn't know if he's hot or cold.  But he gets ...more

Do special diets help autistic children? Absolutely!

I saw an article with the following headline, dated January 04, 2010: Journal Says No Proof Special Diets Help Autistic ChildrenHaving a child on the autistic spectrum, I can truly attest that this latest finding is infuriatingly shocking to me. I can only guess that it is inconclusive and nobody is willing to make a claim that they can't seem to find any hard proof to back it up with.Here's a portion of the article:...more

It Takes a Village to Create a Monster

My kindergartener Mali has become openly rude and defiant. To me, to other parents, to teachers, to other children. It's not just upsetting, it's horrifying. I blame you. ...more

I'm glad my blog post resonated with you; I think you make an excellent point in ...more

Christmas Past

Tonight we look around at the Christmas carnage covering our home.  All the kids made out fabulously from Santa and relatives and we have much to be thankful for this Christmas.  Most of all is that we are all home safe and sound together to celebrate this year with family and friends.  We somehow survivied the disfunction as various relatives marched through our home, some with a major passive aggressive mission.  Thankfully our kids don't pick up on this too much yet.  It will give them something to talk about in therapy.  I can't affoard any more! ...more

A School for my Special Needs Child

 “Mom. I love my new school. When I’m there, it feels like home to me.”...more

What a beautiful story!  All that we can hope for is acceptance, friendship and love ...more

When ECFE Breaks My Heart, Part 2

(for Part 1, click here) ...more

When ECFE Breaks My Heart, Part 1

 Last week, I cried at ECFE. ...more