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

The Ghost of Mother’s Past

After a staggering eight years of regular therapy, you move on from the misery of analyzing your late, abusive husband and you start to explore other areas of your life. For quite a long time, until I was into my 40s, I always believed what my mother and her family told me: I was bad,… Continue reading The Ghost of Mother’s Past

Crack in the Castle

I recall a time when I was sitting in my former home after the loss of my husband and both parents. I was now a widow, with two children who are living with Autism. I was a stay-at-home mom, living in a home that had been flooded three times, including this moment I'm recalling. I… Continue reading Crack in the Castle

These Small Hours

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMfzPbONyVA I simply and truly cannot believe how many years are marked today from the passing of my mom. Having lost so many people in my life in such a short period of time doesn't have a word or description. I've been asked countless times how I endured the loss of my mother, then my… Continue reading These Small Hours

Out with the old (BS) In with the new (Good Stuff!)

I've written about this before and well, the issue never really completely goes away, so it's always good to revisit it from time to time. Not to dwell on it, but to acknowledge its real impact on life and well-being. It's a topic in my therapy now and probably always will be! I have the… Continue reading Out with the old (BS) In with the new (Good Stuff!)