Snow Day in Autism Land

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The bus is not coming today, and there will be no Wednesday afternoon swimming after school with the home therapist. He’s not venturing out to our home today. Eagerness to play outside as the winds blow and snow piles up? Anticipation of building a snowman and pelting his brother and sisters with snowballs, pulling out the sled and trying to slide down the front yard? Smashing snow in each other’s faces or down each other’s pants?Yeah, not so much.It’s 10:23 a.m. and the meltdowns are sta … [Read more...]

Moments of Autism Humor – Lil D Was Here

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Good morning, sunshine! Wake up my jaanus (darlings). Time for school. It's wakey wakey time! La illaha, illallah, Muhammad dur Rasullallah.This is what I say every morning, without fail for the past nine years, as I've woken up one, then two and now three children for school. It's become a routine, something that comforts all of them, even when they are grumpy, whiny or tired and not wanting to get up - a good morning greeting followed by the kalma, or shahada, which is a Muslim's … [Read more...]

Dealing with Departure

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These past few weeks have been all about gearing up for the 10th anniversary of the tragedy of 9/11, which for me as the managing editor of the Muslim content at Patheos – was a frenzy of getting coverage together and reaching out to American Muslims for their thoughts with our “Three Questions” project. But life on the home front marches on inexorably, and I’ve been dealing with back to school and the departure of my in-laws, who just left for India after spending 14 months with us.Yes, they … [Read more...]


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