Mainstream Dance Classes and Autism: Is It Possible?

My daughter, Katie, was watching something on PBS last year about girls involved in Irish Step Dancing. She really loves to dance, but a formal class has never been something she could handle, so she is left to her own interpretive dances at home. She did show some interest in trying Irish Step, and I was willing to give it a try, but there aren't many schools that offer it, and the classes never meshed with her therapy schedule. ...more
One other thing I'll pass along, is a piece of advice from a professional ballet instructor (too ...more

An Unconditional Love

It's hardly a secret that Ben and Katie tend to have a rather tumultuous relationship. But, what I want to touch on...no, what I need to touch on, are the parts that are good. And there is good. ...more

Soccer

Last week Katie started soccer. For the past couple years she has done tball, but this year she aged out. She definitely didn't want to do softball, because they throw the ball at you, and that wasn't appealing to my child. (Plus, those girls wear short shorts and that is just not a good look). ...more

You've got a friend. Or, do you?

When you're down and troubled And you need a helping hand And nothing, nothing is going right Close your eyes and think of me And soon I will be there To brighten up even your darkest night-James Taylor Yeah, I just cheeseballed out with that song. So what? I have always loved it....more

Forever 17

I completely understand what you are going through... I can relate and I am ...more

Look at this child...

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Good for you. And good for her. She's lucky to have a mom like you!!!more

A Month of Awareness? I'll take a year.

April is Autism Awareness month. I know I should be jumping on board, but if you are a loyal reader, you know that's not how I roll. I am ambivalent towards having a month dedicated to awareness. Really, I feel like that about all the causes that claim a month.. On the one hand, it's great to get the word out and educate, but on the other? Autism is part of our daily life, and 30 days of people feigning interest doesn't do it for me. ...more

So, you want to talk empathy?

Friday, after we got home from swimming lessons, I was standing outside talking to Kai about where to build a treehouse for the kids. Katie and Ben were attempting to play fetch with our dog, Charlie (even though he's not so good at the retrieving part). All of a sudden I felt something crack against my skull, and felt intense pain. I am going to say childbirth might have been less painful. I screamed, dropped to the ground, and cried. Hard. (I am hoping the neighbors missed this whole scene). I ended up with this:...more

I will say I can't imagine what you are going though... really it has to be so hard. Wish I had ...more

Awareness

I am a bad Autism mom. Probably a not so great member of the community at large. Well, some probably think so. Lately, there has been a ton of talk about autism awareness. New, and supposedly improved, campaigns for awareness. The whole Parents magazine thing. Everyone is on overdrive since April is autism awareness month, so we need to get the message out now! ...more

Playing with Fire

Ben almost burned down the house. Well, not really, but he certainly could have burned down himself. Last week, while cleaning, I figured, eh, why not light one of these 25 thousand yankee candles I have (seriously, people need to stop buying m candles as gifts) to make my newly clean house smell nice. After lighting it, I specifically said to my darling 4yo, DO NOT GO NEAR THE CANDLE. Clearly, pointing it out to him was a misstep on my part. ...more

The Words That Hurt

I have many blog topics tumbling around in my head right now. Ones that are far better than what I am about to write. Although I hate being Debbie Downer, the writer in me just needs to write (type) it down. And the mom in me just needs someone to tell me they understand and it will be OK. ...more

I can't even imagine how difficult it must have been to hear that. I won't pretend to know how ...more