Interview: Autism Parent Jean Winegardner of Stimeyland

Jean Winegardner, a.k.a. Stimey, is a mother to three boys, one of whom -- Jack -- has an autism diagnosis. She is empathetic, endlessly entertaining, and a fine writer. Many autism parenting bloggers identify with Jean, and feel about her the way the younger sister felt about Julia Roberts' character in the movie Notting Hill -- that she is destined to be Our Very Best Friend. Though Jean shares herself and her stories at DC Metro Moms Blog and Washington Times Communities as well as on her personal site Stimeyland, I know some of you want more. Read on. ...more

Jean, you are so articulate, smart, and thoughtful.

Thanks for the great interview, ...more

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My son doesn't have autism, he has cerebral palsy. So I hope you don't mind my commenting on ...more

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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
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