To My Beautiful Lumen on Father's Day

When my ex-husband Keith and I decided to divorce, I thought my chances of having a second child at my age were no more.  When I reminded myself that there are other ways to conceive a child besides the conventional way, within a marriage, with a husband, I thought about my life and how I hadn't taken many traditional routes, hadn't done things in orthodox ways, and didn't altogether comprehend the lure of the mainstream....more

Sometimes a smile is all that we need

Compassion comes in many forms and at times just the smallest thing – a glance or a smile can mean more than the grand gesture.I was away and not able to participate in the May 20th #1000speak and due to some unplanned/unforeseen issues going on at the moment, I thought I wouldn’t have the opportunity to participate this time around….....more

This is me.....

I will start by introducing myself. I am a wife to the most wonderful man there is, I am also the mother of two wonderful children. Jade our daughter is 11 years old. She is the light of our lives. She is an achiever, she is so helpful and fun. Rowan our son is 9 years old. We live in South Africa. Rowan is what I call our "work in progress". He was diagnosed with ADHD as well as ODD....more

18 and life to go.

A few days ago, Dawn Gagnon wrote an article for the Bangor Daily News about a family with a 19 year old autistic son named Michael.  Michael, like my daughter Hallee, is autistic.  Michael's parents are moving out of Maine in order to provide their son with the support and opportunities he needs that aren't available to him here. To say that this hits close to home is a huge understatement for me....more

Suck it up--A realistic guide to parenting kids with Autism

I recently read several blogs talking about the anguish and tragedy involved in having a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Been there, done that, survived it—three times. You read that right--three. All three of our children (2 girls, 1 boy) had diagnoses on that magical spectrum before each one had turned four. FINALLY I was the overachiever my parents always wanted me to be!!!...more
My first visit to the Autistic room my son would be attending, I spoke to the teacher. He said ...more

No Storm Today?

Autism symptoms may be influenced by GI content

A new study using mice has found that dietary glycemic index could play a major role on autism symptoms.In the study, researchers found that mice (specially bred to have autism) following a high-GI diet exhibited the expected symptoms of autism, including repetitive actions and impaired social interactions.The mice also had less doublecortin in their brains; especially the region associated with memory. This is a protein indicator of newly developing neurons. ...more

Being in the Moment with Autism

Raising a child with autism is the hardest thing many people will ever do and it will go on for years, for as long as you both shall live. Some days it’s like running a marathon made up of 100 yard sprints. Other days it’s like standing on one leg on a swivel chair to change a light bulb.My stepson will receive his high school diploma in two weeks. He is 22....more
CelesteWhiting wonderful piece Celeste!!more

An Autistic Child is NOT a Criminal

This is, even without the overlying racial implication, vile in the extreme: ...more