The Demise of the Hero

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

A Partially Empty Nest

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 and Society’s Role of Judge, Jury and Executioner

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

You Get a Job, Everybody Gets a Job!

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!

Executive Functioning in Autism: When Not Everyone Shows up for the Meeting

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

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 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