If You Want to Know How to Treat a Child With Autism...

My nephew, Karson, is just nine months older than Brandon.  When they were both babies, this was a huge age difference.  When Brandon was just born, Karson was already crawling around.  When Brandon was just a few months old, Karson was walking and saying a few words.  Karson was always way ahead of Brandon, but that was to be expected.  There is a a major difference between, say, a 6-month-old and 15-month-old....more

Before I Had My Son He Was the Perfect Child

My son was a lot like the little boy from Jerry Maguire; he wore coke-bottle nerd-glasses, complete with an elastic strap to hold them onto his head. Although he was an introvert, he became a sagacious conversationalist in the presence of those who possessed the patience to wait for him to open up, which was like watching an evening primrose come into bloom: absolutely breath-taking....more

The first struggles

My first blog post. I had thought about doing this a few times, but never really thought my life was interesting enough. Well now life is getting interesting, and a bit stressful. We've known for awhile the Bubby was having trouble, we was way behind the other kids his age when it came to talking, way behind where his sister was at the same age. But, everyone said "he's just late", "soon you won't get him to shut up"....more

Life on a rollercoaster: Living with a SPD child

There are days when I feel like I can’t breathe…seconds, moments, hours…but sometimes, honestly, entire days. I have always been a bit prone to anxiety, and “what-ifs” and worst case scenarios – and becoming a mother only intensified those feelings. I am also not an optimist by a long stretch, and am admittedly much more likely to see the glass half empty....more

Going Gluten-Free for Children with Down Syndrome

When my son was born with Down syndrome, I found research that said in general, children with Down syndrome have a tough time digesting gluten. Some reports say children with Down syndrome have a 43% greater chance of celiac disease than children without Down syndrome. It made sense to steer my son clear of gluten. Ten to fifteen years ago, gluten-free alternatives were not easy to find. ...more

Sometimes “I told you so” is just good for the soul

DC played baseball with the *Challengers League from the time he was 5 until he aged out last year at 21.The “official” Challengers field in town is located in front of the school he attended for Birth to 3, Early Intervention and Kindergarten. Needless to say he was in this building and with many of the same teachers for a good 4 or 5 years.I’ve had my battles with the school system over the years, but none so on-going as the need for speech therapy. This battle began in Early Intervention and continued on straight into High School....more

Labels Shmabels

The Label.My son is Autistic. He has Autism. Cooper is a child with a disability called Autism. He was diagnosed with moderate to severe Autism. He’s one of those “Autistics”. A child effected by Autism. He is On The Spectrum…I don’t know why but that one always makes me start singing “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”…maybe I need my own label....more

Parents of Children with Special Needs: We Understand Each Other

As a mother with a child with special needs, nobody gets me like another parent going through the same thing. Bullsh*t just doesn't exist. We get right to the chase. No subject is taboo. Nothing is shocking. ...more

Why I Used to Cringe at the word "Autistic," and Why I Don't Anymore

I used to cringe at the word autistic.   I hated that word....more