My Story of Migraines, Autism Parenting, and Personal Responsibility

March 19, 2013

This is the story of how I let my body fall apart. This isn’t quite yet the story of what I’m ultimately going to do about it, but that story is coming. Today is also Diagnosis Day, the fifth anniversary of the day our J-Man was diagnosed as autistic. It’s often a day of many […]

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A Prayer of St. Francis for Autism – Reposted

March 13, 2013

I am not a Catholic, but I decided to observe the election of Pope Francis and his surprise choice of papal name by reposting the Prayer of St. Francis for Autism I wrote a couple of years ago. St. Francis of Assisi is one whose example and words of compassion, strength, encouragement, resolve, and hope […]

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Everything People Need to Know Our Three-Year-Old Already Figured Out

February 14, 2013

The other day, Dale Jr. and I were driving away from the J-Man’s school to make the 15-minute trip to his preschool. Parenting a neurotypical three-year-old is proving to be a completely novel experience from moment to moment for me. I never quite know what insight he’s going to come up with next, and that […]

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You Are Not Alone

February 5, 2013

Some friends of mine and I were trying to decide what one thing we would say to a parent whose child recently received an autism diagnosis. Not surprisingly, these autism parents with many miles under their belts had a number of great ideas. These conversations naturally weave themselves into pages of advice because there is […]

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Learning How to Say ‘Yes’ – Another Essential Practice for Autism Parents

January 30, 2013

I know I recently said that saying ‘no’ is an essential practice for autism parents, and that you can pretty much say ‘no’ to everything except your family and what is most essential to your well-being. But I want you to say ‘yes’, too. Practice saying ‘yes’ to what matters most. Practice saying ‘yes’ to […]

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