Jenin Autism Project – A Word from Our Mothers

My friend Kitti South has come back to the U.S, but Melissa Diamond and the rest of the team are still in Jenin, in the West Bank of the Palestinian territory for the next few months working on “The Jenin Autism Project,” part of “A Global Voice for Autism.” They are there to help parents learn about autism and Applied Behavior Analysis and help connect them to other autism resources as well as building their own supportive network. They are blogging their experiences here to share their … [Read more...]

The Jenin Autism Project – Families Gain Key Insights in How to Help Their Children

Hanaa* and Masa*, two sibling support group participants and their mothers, along with Melissa Diamond

My friend Kitti South Robinson along with Melissa Diamond are in Jenin, in the West Bank of the Palestinian territory for the next few months working on “The Jenin Autism Project,” part of “A Global Voice for Autism.” They are there to help parents learn about autism and Applied Behavior Analysis and help connect them to other autism resources as well as building their own supportive network. They are blogging their experiences here to share their efforts in figuring out how to best help … [Read more...]

The Jenin Autism Project – Meet Our Autism Families

Melissa standing between Aseel* and Fatima*

My friend Kitti South Robinson along with Melissa Diamond are in Jenin, in the West Bank of the Palestinian territory for the next few months working on “The Jenin Autism Project,” part of “A Global Voice for Autism.” They are there to help parents learn about autism and Applied Behavior Analysis and help connect them to other autism resources as well as building their own supportive network. They are blogging their experiences here to share their efforts in figuring out how to best help … [Read more...]

Out of the Mouths of Babes

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We’re having Sunday morning conversation at our house, as my three kiddos (for once) sit together calmly at the dinner table with me and eat their breakfast. Lil D, who is hungry because we all slept in a little (though he awoke bright and early like he always does), is sitting down nicely and eating – no trying to run around and come back for bites, none of the recent rigmarole of me trying to make him sit down and eat with him resisting me at every step. A nice Sunday morning family … [Read more...]

Reflections on Fatherhood Beyond Special Needs

Daanish and Taruj

Instead of writing a "Father's Day" post myself, I asked my husband to write - reflect on what it has been like for him to father our three children, to father a special needs child. Though he was on call at the hospital the whole weekend, he took time to write this piece. His experiences and thoughts are similar and different than mine, but as real as mine as well. Yesterday was Father’s Day, and as I was sitting with my eldest son in the afternoon in his room, we had one of those … [Read more...]

Autism’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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Dr. Jekyll graced me with his presence yesterday. It had been a really, really long time. Mr. Hyde took a backseat and allowed Dr. Jekyll to regain control for the better part of the day. I realized that I spent much of the day holding my breath, waiting for Hyde to rear his ugly head and regain control of my son. So after we got home from school, I let my breath go and made plans for the afternoon, thinking, what could it hurt? Let’s try something. Let’s try something we used to be … [Read more...]

Zen and the Art of Autism Maintenance – Part One

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Note: There are a lot of things I want to share with you regarding our winter break, managing Lil D’s autism through the break, our adventures in flying and finding some sort of peace with the chaos that is our life. So I’m doing this in parts. This, of course, is part one. They went back to school this week, my kids – after two weeks of winter break. We survived. We did something radical, we had some fun and we had some very, very awful days. The last few days were tantrum and … [Read more...]

The Muslimah Next Door

My kids and I last fall

Bismillah-nir-rahman-nir-raheem and Salaamualaikum! More than 15 years working as a journalist, 10 years working in web/online journalism, and the past five years getting on the blog/social networking bandwagon, and I’ve managed to avoid writing/editing my own blog – until now. I don’t know why I held out so long, when so many colleagues and friends encouraged me to keep a blog. I think it was the commitment (though I’ve got no problem being committed to marriage or my … [Read more...]