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

The Many Mom Shaming Moments

Try to picture the scene. It's the middle of September in 2001. The country is still obviously reeling from the attacks on the country. There is still a bit of fear and tension in the air about crowds and such. My son was four years old at the time and with his Autism, ADHD and… Continue reading The Many Mom Shaming Moments

Save Me From Another Election Year

I'm going to work very hard here to not lean in any political direction. Being vague, yet opinionated is my goal here. Have mercy on me. It's not easy. Everyone has a favorite person, party, opinion and level of personal vitriol they are willing to project at any given time, but no time seems to… Continue reading Save Me From Another Election Year

Living with an Invisible Illness

When Fibromyalgia was first mentioned in the medical world, due to its inability to be diagnosed through an actual test (blood, xray, MRI etc), it was mocked and dismissed, causing untold trauma to people seeking help for this debilitating condition. Countless numbers of people fell silent, coming to the realization that many were not taking… Continue reading Living with an Invisible Illness

Autism is Just a Word

What a loaded term, so subjective and deceptive. There used to be a disorder called Asperger's Syndrome. While many still refer to it and utilize it, it has been removed from the DSM-V at its publication. What is the DSM-V? However, it is most commonly referred to as the highest functioning level of Autism. What… Continue reading Autism is Just a Word

Navigating Life with the Autistic Adult Child

When I remember back to my son's early days, from toddler to high school student, it was tough. By tough, I mean "spending the night in the hospital waiting for your child to get a bed at a psychiatric facility tough" or "standing at the door, sobbing, hoping the police will not use the taser… Continue reading Navigating Life with the Autistic Adult Child

When the School Does Nothing: Pulling your Bullied Child out of School

Forget the sobering fact that our first lady has done absolutely nothing to address her promise to make bullying her cause during her time in office. (I wrote her and wasn't even acknowledged; not surprised.) However, you can't ignore the hard to read headlines that come our way far too often about children who have… Continue reading When the School Does Nothing: Pulling your Bullied Child out of School

Mental Health Stigmas and the Powerful People who Allow It to Continue

Now, before you go thinking...oh gawd, please don't let this be a political post,┬árest assured it's not. There is an undertone that must be addressed regarding disabilities and funding at the very least, but to be honest, it's never really mattered who was "in power" when funding for disabilities was in question. As a society,… Continue reading Mental Health Stigmas and the Powerful People who Allow It to Continue

Punish Thy Child, Punish Thyself

Now that my "darling daughter" is 13 (I still abhor that phrase, but not as much as "darling husband" lol) I've entered a fresh hell of parenting: The Teen Years. It's not that I haven't done it before, twice in fact, it's just that I wasn't this freaking OLD the last time AND the time… Continue reading Punish Thy Child, Punish Thyself