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

Abandon all hope…ye who enter here and other thoughts on raising a new teenage girl

Over the years and perhaps even throughout time, parents have lamented about the unbridled joy of raising a teenager. Sometimes I envision a young, prehistoric teen stomping out of the family cave, furious over her parent's refusal to let her go to the meat festival wearing furs that short, including the eye rolling. In my… Continue reading Abandon all hope…ye who enter here and other thoughts on raising a new teenage girl