Stories That Touch the Heart - The Emperor's New Onesie

I almost started crying watching this video. The Emperor's New Onesie is a story many of us can relate to.When I think back to how upset my Vman was as a baby, I wonder what would have happened if I had let him be a naked baby... snow in Chicago be damned! Vman cried CONSTANTLY as a baby. And the entire time, people kept telling me tricks to deal with his issues. As an infant, people, including our caring pediatrician, kept telling us that he was just fine. Hey, babies cry, right?...more

NaBloPoMo #11: Unplanned

He was as planned as planned could be. As a child of assisted fertility, every phase of his conception was watched closely, scheduled down to the minute. When he divided into eight cells, I got to see him under an electron microscope, my eyes wide with wonder as I realized I could tell him about this someday. ...more
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How do you say goodbye?

Most of us had to deal with this in childhood: You find an amazing friend, a best friend. One you played with all the time. Someone who understood you, who liked you, who always wanted to hang out with you. Nothing could ever come between you...At least, until one of you moved away.I still remember how upset I got when a girl who lived on my street moved to Ohio when I was six-years-old. I cried for days. It was awful!Now I have to figure out how to help my child with Asperger's say goodbye....more
My heart goes out to both Sean and R.  Such a hard thing to face.more

Imperfectly Perfect

My daughter is Autistic.  Four little words that can hurt my heart in a way nothing else can. Words that I never can get use to.  Four little words that killed my dreams for my child, at least that’s what I use to think....more

Imperfectly Perfect

My daughter is Autistic.  Four little words that can hurt my heart in a way nothing else can. Words that I never can get use to.  Four little words that killed my dreams for my child, at least that’s what I use to think....more

Hurricane Sandy and Childhood Cancer

My daughter, who is 7 years old, has been battling childhood leukemia since 2010. As I've watched the coverage of Hurricane Sandy and it's aftemath, I am compelled to compare a hurricane with childhood cancer....more

Children with autism who undergo early intervention show major brain changes

New research shows good news for children on the autism spectrum. Early intervention through "pivotal response treatment" can increase brain function, advance communication abilities and improve behavior.So what is pivotal response treatment? Here's what I know:- Developed at the Univ. of CA - Santa Barbara- Incorporates learning and developmental factors- easy to use, even with kids under 2- requires parental involvement- includes "play" situations...more

NY Times article on "The Brain Trainers" about raising IQ

Interesting piece on brain training (on computers and in one-on-one cognitive skills training programs): http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/04/education/edlife/a-new-kind-of-tutorin......more

momma needs her coffee (thoughts on autism & friendship)

I woke up this morning, and promptly wanted to go back to sleep.That has got to be a bad sign when you're ready to go back to bed before your feet have even hit the floor.I'm sure I'll survive stumble through my day without hurting anyone.I've got a list of things to get done for this birthday party on the weekend and to be honest I don't even know where to start. I wish I had started planning this months ago so everything was already in place and it was just a matter of setting it all out....more

Wreck-It Ralph is this month's Sensory Friendly Film on Saturday, 11/10.12

Many special needs kids are sensitive - to crowds, noise, lights, smells and other stimulation. Imagine how difficult it would be to enjoy something as simple as a family movie if you had such challenges. Yet, a popular movie is a communal experience - Read the entire article here....more