I’m a retired teacher, right? Talking in front of people is not a problem. I spent twenty years talking in front of people. Well, groups of about twenty kids under nine. They were not always an easy audience. At the start of each year I also spoke to their collective parents. Then I spent five … Continue reading Speaking on Autism
At some point, many of us are caregivers for someone. If we are parents, we were at one time responsible for the health, feeding, clothing, sheltering, and safety of our young children. Maybe we have adult children, parents, spouses, or siblings who come under our care for short or long periods of time. When my … Continue reading Autism and Respite Care
Where does your child with autism like to play? Is there a gym near you where your child is not only accepted but welcomed with special equipment that is tailored to his needs? We Rock the Spectrum is special sensory gym with locations all around the United States. One mother I know recommended one of … Continue reading A Sensory Gym
Do you believe that things sometimes happen for a reason? I’m talking about the sequence of events that, though unconnected, seem to be connected. Some people may call these sequences coincidence, synchronicity, a twist of fate, or Godwinks. I do believe things often happen for a reason. Often, experiences seem to relate in unexpected ways. … Continue reading Synchronicity or Godwinks?
I don’t know if you’ve heard the term refrigerator mother. Well see, I’m of that era…and I wish I could remember the first book I read. It was by a doctor. It was a huge book and after I read it, I said, “Oh, this is [my son].” It was about autism. These are the … Continue reading Autism and Refrigerator Moms
Does your child with autism know about the diagnosis? When did you tell him or her? As an adult on the spectrum, how did you find out that you have autism? At my cafe book signing last fall, a young woman walked up to my table with her daughter. I don’t think she was in … Continue reading Telling Your Child He Has Autism
There are those people who make resolutions when the ball drops on New Year’s Eve. Then there are those of us who do not. As I think over past improvements and accomplishments in my life, I realize that none of them were the result of one moment in time or one list of resolutions. In … Continue reading Author Next Steps
Recently, I read an article on ghosting, which has nothing to do with the supernatural beings that might be seen on Halloween. Nor was it about the shadowy second image that sometimes appeared on old tube televisions, if you are old enough to remember those. It also has nothing to do with the way the … Continue reading Ghosting