Watching Parenthood Makes Me Cry

This was originally posted a few months ago elsewhere. I wanted to repost it here for a wider audience. Anything related to time is no longer accurate. It’s Tuesday, which means that Parenthood is on tonight. The last two episodes have made me cry. The drama may seem overblown to some people, but for me […]

10 Things to Say When Someone is Rude to Your Special Needs Child

It happens…and you dread it. You don’t want your special needs child to ever feel ashamed of what he or she is, but there’s always a rude stranger who either doesn’t know or doesn’t care about your kid’s challenges. Here are 10 things you can say to deflect rude comments. Tags: rude, special needs

How to Avoid Fighting as Special Needs Parents

I’m going to come right out and say that Tom and I had a blowup fight last night. There was crying and yelling, and I even left the house so I could sit in my car at the park and scream where no one would hear me. And it all started because TJ asked me […]

BlogHer ’10 – Blogging Autism: Shattering Myths, Opening Eyes, and Finding Your Tribe

Here at the personal blogging panel – Blogging Autism: Shattering Myths, Opening Eyes, and Finding Your Tribe with Shannon Des Roches Rosa, Shark-Fu, Stimey, and Carol Greenburg. Sharon deVanport was supposed to speak, but she is in the hospital with bleeding ulcers, and Carol agreed to take her place at the last minute. How blogging […]

2010 ME/CFS Awareness Day

I wanted to post something in-depth about ME/CFS Awareness Day. Something with informative links to CFS research, resources, and charities. Then I thought maybe I could do a video about CFS. But the truth of the matter is, I just don’t have the energy. (I suppose you could check out what I wrote last year […]

Acrostic Poem – Asperger Syndrome

Today is Autism Awareness Day. Asperger Syndrome is on the autism spectrum. TJ has been diagnosed with Asperger’s, and I remain undiagnosed… So I wrote a simple acrostic poem – more a collection of adjectives, really – that describes Asperger Syndrome the way I’ve experienced it, both directly and indirectly: Tags: Asperger Syndrome, poem

Testing Out of Special Education

Tom and I had a meeting with TJ’s preschool teachers this morning. We were supposed to be discussing the results of the speech evaluation and the Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) they conducted with him after the Christmas break. There had been an informational parents night last week about the transition to kindergarten. I thought it would […]

Raising Kids with Asperger’s Syndrome – Blind Leading the Blind

Last year, we got the diagnosis that confirmed my suspicions concerning TJ’s behavior and mannerisms. Asperger Syndrome. (It doesn’t officially have an apostrophe in there, but so many people use it that I think it’s now accepted colloquially as Asperger’s Syndrome.) He’s on the autism spectrum, albeit the high functioning end. Like any parent of […]

Christmas with TJ – Autism Moms Thursday

This is my first time participating in Autism Moms Thursday, but since this week’s theme is Christmas, I thought it  would be worthwhile to post my videos from Christmas morning with TJ! He wasn’t feeling very good on Christmas. The poor kid threw up when he woke up, but that didn’t ruin Christmas! And, uh, […]

Jumping Through Hoops for the CPSE

Tom and I had a meeting with the Committee for Preschool Education (CPSE) at our school district. Last time we did this, the social worker from TJ’s preschool came with us as his preschool advocate. This time, his teacher and the head of the preschool came with us. Our goal was to gain approval for […]