The Charity of Messy Drawers

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We went back and forth on it for months. I’d try to down play it, hide that it annoyed the heck out of me too, so that the husband wouldn’t fixate on it. But the fact was that this habit of Lil D’s just continued unabated, no matter what we tried.In the grand scheme of autism things, it’s nothing big – he is constantly opening and slamming drawers, taking something out of one and dropping it in another. And anything he finds on any surface area of the house goes into some drawer. We have fork … [Read more...]

This is Not the Way – Reflecting on the Death of Alex Spourdalakis

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They show up in my news feed a lot – stories of children and adults with autism who wandered off, bolted, went missing and were found dead in a pond less than a mile from home, or something similar. Or news articles about a special needs child who was abused on his bus or in school by some teacher’s aide, or bullied by a classmate, or killed by a member of his own family when caring for him and helping him manage/overcome the most difficult aspects of his special needs became “too much. … [Read more...]

Realizing How Good We’ve Got It

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It has always been a pet peeve and a weakness, of mine that when things are especially tough for my kids (and  consequently for me), one of the ways some try to provide comfort is by reminding me of all the difficulties others are dealing with around us, and reminding me of all we have to be thankful for. It’s the “there are others who are way worse off than you” method of comfort.I am coming off bad by admitting this, but there are times when this line of thinking just doesn’t cut it. It is … [Read more...]

My Fractured Family and Autism – Lessons Learned

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This is part two of two posts on making tough choices, the blessing of having a supportive family, and the fractured family syndrome. Read part one here.It’s taken me a while to write this part two of my “Fractured Family Syndrome” posts. As time passes from our Memorial Day weekend trip to Toronto -- the stress of leaving Lil D at home during a difficult time, of stifling every fiber of maternal instinct that screamed “Stay!”, of realizing that it was as important to let my family help us as … [Read more...]


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