There is a great deal of good intentions that came out of the IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act). In theory, the concept that children with disabilities should be educated, as often as possible, in an environment alongside their non-disabled peers (the LRE or Least Restrictive Environment), was conceptually an amazing idea that would hopefully… Continue reading The Insurmountable
I was diagnosed with ADHD before the books ever started using the phrase. Many people do not realize that the condition was noticed and written about not only in the 1700s, but there are references to the symptoms dating as far back as Ancient Greece. Our society is still somehow wired to reward the accepted… Continue reading Managing Your Child’s ADHD When You Already Have ADHD
Back in the early days of The Plague (I'm at the point where I'm just calling it the plague), my son had just left his first job in fast food, and started working at a grocery store. The timing of landing this job, in March of 2020 no less, has not been lost on me.… Continue reading The Demise of the Hero
My new senior in the house, my youngest, and last child, will be finished with her school journey by this time next year. It is such an odd feeling, and one I've never felt before. Unlike many people I know, who are either married or splitting custody where they have reliable time to themselves, as… Continue reading A Partially Empty Nest
Autism is not a crime. There. I said it. For the sane, the educated, the compassionate, hell, they already understand this. However, in society, where bullying is rampant and unchecked most of the time, people with Autism are constantly judged, berated and otherwise chastised for their actions, thoughts and behaviors at any given time. I've… Continue reading Autism and Society’s Role of Judge, Jury and Executioner
Anyone who uses Facebook has the option to look back on events that happened to them on that day over the years. These memories can be so fun to look back on, seeing vacation photos, family milestones and much more. (Then there are the 2020 memories showing up, with predictions of murder hornets and other… Continue reading Memories…In the Corner of my…Feed?
My youngest landed her first part-time job in retail. Her first week is going by, but as it does, we are learning about how Autism, anxiety and other developmental disabilities can interject and affect the process. My son, who is now 24, is doing well in his second job, but he still has issues related… Continue reading You Get a Job, Everybody Gets a Job!
When I was first told a long time ago that my youngest daughter's Autism fell into the category of "executive functioning" I was like, um, what? I'd known for some time that Autism is an "umbrella disorder" with a LOT of different variations in its broad spectrum of symptoms and other challenges faced by those… Continue reading Executive Functioning in Autism: When Not Everyone Shows up for the Meeting
I saw a beautiful post on Facebook this morning while sipping my coffee. I found it here. It is a beautiful testament to the unreplaceable bond that children have with their fathers. Now, don't get me wrong. I know it's the 21st century and there are now, and have always been, plenty of mothers, siblings,… Continue reading The Triggers of Time
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