Autism Makes Me Laugh

Autism Love

Love Runs Deep

Found myself in a local food court observing a father carefully, patiently, and with great love, feed his disabled teenage daughter. It was a truly beautiful sight. She was strapped into a wheelchair, unable to control...

Autism coping skills

We’ve Got This Stuff Down!

Happy Halloween!!!  Or should I say: Happy Halloween??!  A day filled with trepidation for many-an-autism parent.  Why?  Just do the math!  Costumes + candy + games + parties = meltdowns!!!  Right?  WRONG.  Seriously.     Not...

Autism Grump

Out with the Grump!

Kirsten’s always worried she will have to stay home from school.  In fact, the question “Are you okay?” in reference to ANYTHING (she bumps her knee, coughs, looks angry) brings on a tirade of...

Autism change

Tag-Along Rule?!

Lately I’ve found myself sitting outside in the cold thinking, “I knew better!”  The need for change growing each passing day.  The need for sameness prevailing. You see, back in August Kirsten started getting...

Rainbow

But It’s Gooorgeous!

After a heavy rain, we had the most beautiful site! This picture doesn’t do it justice. Who doesn’t love a rainbow, right?! Well… apparently Kirsten… Me: “Kirsten, come see the rainbow!” K: “No.” Me:...

Autism Empathy

Mom is Best?!

I’m sure she’s lying.  And although it’s not the first time (this is!), it’s still rare.  Another check in the box for developmental achievements.  This time she took it one step further…   It’s common...

Autism

My Report Card

Wow.  Amazing how those three little words still affect me.  Nervous!  But I promised, so here it is. (promise found here)  Time to compare my goals set back when Kirsten was itty bitty, to...

Autism Coping

Hello? Hello?!

Sometimes the complications that come along with life on the spectrum are, well… interesting.  You start with one issue:  Hearing sensitivity.  Add a sprinkling of anxiety.  A little aptitude for technology.  And what do you...

Autism Independence

Encourage Independence

Me: “Kirsten, dinner’s ready!” K: “In a minute. Angry birds.” Me: “Um. Okay. Come down when you’re ready.”  …said as I walked away grinning from ear to ear. Not your typical response?  True.  But...

Autism calm

Talk Calm!

Kirsten makes her requests ready for a fight.  Her tone and body language yelling: “You better not say no and I know you are going to say no so I am already mad because...