Unicorns, Butterflies and Daffodils

Spring has sprung. The air is warmer. The grass is green again. The birds are chirping. You can hear the crickets and the frogs at night. You can smell the fresh flowers and the trees as they bloom. The ancient Greeks celebrated spring as the return of Persephone to the world of her mother Demeter. For as Persephone lived for six months out of every year in the underworld with Hades, Demeter in her despair left the Earth fallow and without any growth, warmth or nurture....more

schooling a special needs child

I'm the mama to two very special little girls. Gracie is three years old and Hanna is seventeen months. Hanna is legally blind. She also has Microcephaly, and the doctors can't quite pinpoint what is going on. She had an MRI to look for any brain abnormalities, and there were none. She's developing on track, and is doing wonderfully!...more

Educating Your Special Needs Child

One of the major issues facing a parent of an autistic child is what type of schooling should the child have....more

A Mocking Compassion

This post originally was posted on my blog here on March 30, 2010 ...more

A Block to Autistic Self Advocacy

If you haven't already heard, a delay has happened in the confirmation of autistic self-advocate Ari Ne'eman's nomination to the National Council on Disability, the youngest nominee in US history. As Ari has demonstrated, age is not a barrier to experience....more

Bullies: Sound The Alarm

Bullies: Sound the Alarm  Is your child the target, the delinquent or the spectator?  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that suicide is the third leading cause of death in fifteen to twenty four year olds, surpassed only by accidents and homicide. Suicide is the third leading cause of death for young people aged 15 to 24 and the fourth leading cause of death for children between the ages of 10 and 14. ...more

The Proposed DSM-V Changes: Is it a Step in the Right Direction?

This was written by myself and Amy Caraballo for the Autism Women's Network. It is available on the AWN site here . The Proposed DSM-V Changes: Is it a Step in the Right Direction?  ...more

Interview: Susan Senator and The Autism Mom's Survival Guide

Did you know that autism parents can choose an identity other than Avenging Warrior or Martyr? That it is reasonable to aim for happy lives for us and our children, despite our kids' challenges? If this is news to you, then you need to read Susan Senator's forthcoming The Autism Mom's Survival Guide, A.S.A.P. ...more

Thank you both for sharing this story so honestly and openly. Looking forward to hearing Susan ...more

Tired of Being Tired

I have decided that I am tired of being tired. It’s not even that bone aching tired that you remember from parenting an infant. I would not even call it sleep deprived, even though as parents of autistic children we all know what it means when our children’s rhythms are off and they can’t sleep. ...more