It Lies With Me

I have been home for 56 days. For twenty minutes last week, I ventured into a food store and I cannot tell you how fast I worked to get back inside my house. I do believe at one point, I was jogging through the parking lot to get to my car. I have an anxiety… Continue reading It Lies With Me

The Introverted Extrovert

A few attributes that describe an introvert. Being around people makes you feel drained. You have a small group of close friends. You enjoy solitude. When I was much younger, I was THE party girl. Never home, getting into trouble constantly for staying out too late and fibbing about why, going from party to party… Continue reading The Introverted Extrovert

Repeated Reassurance

Graphic that says, "Don't Panic" Everyone in this country, and in most places around the world, are now faced with an unprecedented situation of either being at home, having your kids at home, and dealing with an alarming amount of new information, some of of concerning to say the least. My situation is no better… Continue reading Repeated Reassurance

The Anxiety of Axing a Medication for Good

Photo of scored, blue pills similar in appearance to the benzodiazepine Clonopin Almost ten years ago, I was reeling over the loss of my mother and husband, as well as contemplating the impending death of my father. It probably can go without saying that I was a little stressed. Wrapped up in the whirlwind of… Continue reading The Anxiety of Axing a Medication for Good

The Unrivaled Joy of Judging Others and Being Judged on the Internet

Meme showing Kermit the Frog drinking tea and saying, "i'm not judging you for judging me" Yesterday, I was interacting on Facebook with my personal feed. I made the joy-filled decision to talk about the flu and the flu shot. That was fun! People spent more time going at me about statistics and how it… Continue reading The Unrivaled Joy of Judging Others and Being Judged on the Internet

Baker Act Brings all the Lawyers to the Yard

Image with text explaining: What is the Baker Act? A controversial Florida law instructing law enforcement officers to arrest and administer involuntary psych exams on mentally ill people who appear to pose a danger to themselves or others. It's not supposed to be used on the basis of a developmental, social, or intellectual disability. However,… Continue reading Baker Act Brings all the Lawyers to the Yard

The Incredibly Light Diploma

An owl flying, grasping a diploma and wearing a graduation cap There is an insidious goal sometimes lurking behind the diploma of a special needs student. At the time graduating is happening, you are giddy with relief, anticipatory for the future and unbearably relieved that "it's over". You picture your child walking the halls of… Continue reading The Incredibly Light Diploma

Lack of Funding, Training, Humanity and Common Sense is Winning

Many people who are living with a family member, loved one, or friend with autism (along with many other disabilities and conditions) live with the constant fear that something like this incident will happen to them. In a Fresco, CA news story posted this morning, another mother/parent has had to watch while their autistic child… Continue reading Lack of Funding, Training, Humanity and Common Sense is Winning

Shaping Behavior in Autism: Possible or a Voyage to Unavoidable Doom?

Extensive chart showing unending paths to shaping behavior I never thought there would be an accurate, visual representation of all the things an "Autism Mom" (forgive me, it's what works for me sometimes lol) deals with in my case, yet here it is. Despite my fictional Ph.D in Inconsistent Parenting and Overeating Snacks Due to… Continue reading Shaping Behavior in Autism: Possible or a Voyage to Unavoidable Doom?

The Complex Conundrum of Comorbidity

Graphic depicting ADS and possible comorbid conditions So, I've spent the past few days in a huge boiling vat of stress with my two youngest at home. The teen has autism, ADHD, anxiety, depression, sensory processing disorder and a learning disability, to name most of the letters floating around in her alphabet soup. I truly… Continue reading The Complex Conundrum of Comorbidity