Helping Children with Texture Issues and with Picky Eating

 Well, it’s that time again. Dinner time that is. You’ve spent your time cooking a nice meal for your family, all the while, breaking up fights and dealing with kids that only want to be picked up and held while you are in the kitchen....more
I can relate. My daughter is an autistic 12-year-old and has never liked crunchy snacks or ...more

To my forever child on the eve of her 18th birthday.

18 years ago tonight, I was almost a week overdue.  She was due on June 28, but that day came and went with no signs of her wanting to make an outside appearance.  At my weekly appointment a few days earlier, my OBGYN said it rather plainly.  "The holiday weekend is coming up and I'm going on vacation.  I want her delivered before I leave.  We'll induce on Friday, the 4th".  Well, shoot....more
Love you colorful description of your birthing experience :). I don't think i will ever forget ...more

Zero Divided by Zero: A Funny Answer by Siri

I asked my son if he had thrown any of his toys under the couch. "Zero!" he said emphatically. I asked my son if he wanted to do his homework. He held up his hand and made a circle with his fingers and thumb and said zero. Understanding the concept zero is important and now a benchmark in gauging what my child thinks. He knows nothing, zero, nada. And, that's pretty cool. ...more
I asked my daughter what was 7 divided by zero. Well, zero she said. Ok SIRI, still some work to do.more

“PLEEEEEEEEESE”

In a post a few months back, I wrote that I do not buy paper towels and I do not, but just for the sake of this post, let’s just say that I do……. (code word of the day – ‘Paper Towels’ = Toilet paper)...more

The Problem With Autism (Sometimes) Is Calling Everything A Problem

 Please take this survey! The post begged....more

20 Things That Parenting a Child With Special Needs Has Taught Me About Life In General

I am married, have two children, and I’m still growing. Each day provides opportunities for education about my inner self, about relationships, and about life. Many of these lessons were learned when my youngest son, who has autism, was very little....more

Hello Dolly!

Every October, we try to take a weekend trip – our Halloween trip – somewhere Halloween themed of course. Usually we go to Salem, MA. Two years ago, just to take a break from Salem (there is never really a break from Salem as we tend to end up there quite often during the year), we decided to try Sleepy Hollow, NY. It was fun. It was no Salem, but DC had his best friend BB, along so he had an exceptional time. Last year, we opted for NY ComicCon and a weekend in NY – DC’s favorite place....more

Finding Nemo and Ed the Chimp

Who wants those old, big, needing-always-to-be-rewound video cassette tapes? We do. Compared to the DVD, the VCR works better for my son. The tape goes in, it plays until I push stop or it ends and there's no skipping, freezing, or most importantly, choices like special features or language. We scoop up old VCR tapes at sales and thrift stores, giddy at the hidden treasure we've found. ...more

To Speak...or...Not To Speak

To speak...or...not to speak?I am beginning to  believe that may truly be the question.The posts, the articles and lists are endless.Four, Five, Seven, Nine, Ten...even Fifteen..."Things You Should Not Say to Special Needs Parents".Google it, they are not hard to find, they are trendy and plentiful.Granted many of the lists overlap, but still they are there. Enumerated verbal offenses, typed up neat and tidy ready for consumption, ready to be taken to heart....more