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

Getting Ready for IEP Season

 Welcome to the new year. After you put away those Christmas decorations or your Hanukkah menorah, it is time to get down to the business at hand. Preparing for your child's yearly IEP meeting/program review. Now you may have had meetings throughout the year with concerns, additions to programming, extractions from programming, behavioral interventions and education supports, but now comes the time to prepare for the year to come....more
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Decision Making Style and Your Child's Future

The Wall Street Journal has an interesting article about how people make decisions and whether this actually leads to happiness.  Read it HERE. I am not certain if it is behind the paywall, so I have taken the graphic and embedded it below. Find out whether you are a satisfier or a maximizer....more

Decision Making Style and Your Child's Future

The Wall Street Journal has an interesting article about how people make decisions and whether this actually leads to happiness.  Read it HERE. I am not certain if it is behind the paywall, so I have taken the graphic and embedded it below. Find out whether you are a satisfier or a maximizer....more

Sitting on your ass, getting fat and having the bottom of your butt hit the backs of your knees

So now that I have accepted my fate for the next six weeks of being immobile with my broken ankle,  I have come up with something else to worry about. Butt spread. I have been able to loose about 20 pounds  over the last year. Well I think its 20 pounds. I refuse to step on a scale, but with diet and exercise I can fit into jeans I hadn't been able to wear for years. They were tight. But I got them on and zipped them up....more

The upside and downside of breaking your ankle.....

Apart from the pain, the immobility and being totally dependent on other human beings for every  aspect of your daily living, there is a really mean downside to breaking your ankle. You see we were going to get a kitten in the next few weeks. Unfortunately, I had to call the owners and let them know there is no way I can take care of a 6 week old kitten right now. Heck, at this moment, I can't even take care of myself....more

...Nope, The Problem is Not His Eyesight....

  Hubby and I were having a discussion about me and what I can do with my extra time. It has been very difficult to think about going to work in an office considering I am still needed to ferry the boys around. CM1 can't drive because of the epilepsy but CM2 could certainly learn to drive and maybe take them both back and forth from their college....more

So We Change Our Dreams: Life with an Autistic Child

  So the boys seem to be set for the summer. Our goal was to get them involved in "jobs," "internships" or "volunteer work" so that they learn the skills needed for the workplace as opposed to the skills needed for school. While many skills overlap they are not all the same and the nuances only come with practice, upon practice and more practice. ...more

20 Years and Counting: The Americans with Disabilities Act

The history of mankind is a review of how humanity has managed to develop and create a method of interactive association. In other words, how working together benefits us all. We actually joined together in order to survive in the cruel and dangerous world of pre-history man. We needed support to protect ourselves from predators-mostly other humans. In coming together we found that doing things in concert created a better way of life for all. We as hunter-gatherers delineated chores in a way that benefited everyone....more

What a wonderful moment you shared with that grandmother... more

Sometimes Its Not About Autism, Sometimes People Are Just Asshats

The question becomes how do our children truly fit into the picture of American society and what does the future hold for them? We can look objectively at the way society on an individual basis interacts with our children. We can pinpoint at anytime the odd, asshat who is mean and cruel to our children. But do we allow it to overshadow the mostly good that we encounter in our world?...more