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
An interesting photo showed up in my memories today. This is a photograph of the '64 Falcon that my late husband owned. He also died in this vehicle. He was in the process of painting it and asked me to take some photos of it. This Fall, it will be eleven years since that day… Continue reading When Memories are Morbid
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
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nt3Ggo1CE3g I walk, every day now. As I've written about before, I started on a journey to improve my health a little over a year ago. During my walks, I listen to a great deal of music. Lyrics are profoundly important to me, and it results in my crossing genres I might not normally enjoy,… Continue reading Widowhood and the Walk of the Empath
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!
Lao Tzu's quote, "If you are at peace, you are living in the present." Recently, quite so, I found myself contemplating the level of peace I was feeling. It can be quite a shock to the system to suddenly become aware of the copious levels of anxiety that one is living with at the first… Continue reading The Priority of Peace
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