Going Out

My best day last week was the day we went to the beach and Costco. The day that found me a long gas line at Costco turning off the car so that I could pull my screaming infant out of his carseat and breastfeed him half in and half out of the car. The day... Continue Reading →

Normal Normal Normal

I've had a fresh dose of family this week trying to convince my husband and I that my daughter is not on the spectrum. I'm trying to take this in peace instead of getting angry. I'm not happy with the idea that saying my daughter is "normal normal normal" is a compliment, not when it... Continue Reading →

Froodle, by Antoinette Portis

My daughter's autism diagnosis process involved piles of paperwork, doctor visits, and a visit to a central observation office where we did more paperwork and hours of observation. The day before that visit I was nervous. I had spent a year wondering and waffling, and I felt extremely anxious about labeling her, about how that... Continue Reading →

Good Stories

A month or so ago, I noticed that every story I had told recently about my daughter was negative. We'd had some exhausting weeks--for her, illness exacerbates every symptom of autism, and her dad and I often feel that we're banging out heads against a wall. Hypersensitivity, not eatingĀ  much at all, not responding to... Continue Reading →

Unschooling and the Autism Spectrum

My daughter loves stories, particularly about taking care of animals. She has an insane vocabulary, so if you sit and listen, and ask just the right questions, you may get to hear a 45-minute story about the adventures of seal, turtle, and momma and baby bird. She loves making things, so she might be building... Continue Reading →

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