366 Days of Autism

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A few weeks ago a colleague of mine and I were sitting in a meeting.  While sitting around a large table some folks became really fired up, voices were raised, huffing and puffing was in full effect.  We were sitting side by side…and just looked at each other.  This colleague is also a good friend of mine and her son has Type 1 Diabetes.  He is four.  She hasn’t had a full night of sleep in over two years – because she (or her guy) gets up every two hours to check their son’s blood sugar.

A few weeks ago a colleague of mine and I were sitting in a meeting. While sitting around a large table some folks became really fired up, voices were raised, huffing and puffing was in full effect. We were sitting side by side…and just looked at each other. This colleague is also a good friend of mine and her son has Type 1 Diabetes. He is four. She hasn’t had a full night of sleep in over two years – because she (or her guy) gets up every two hours to check their son’s blood sugar.

Last week as I wrapped presents and watched the 1951 version of Charles Dickens', A Christmas Carol, I couldn't help but think about our past, present, and future. The Ghost of Christmas Past would...

Last week as I wrapped presents and watched the 1951 version of Charles Dickens', A Christmas Carol, I couldn't help but think about our past, present, and future. The Ghost of Christmas Past would.

It's happened again on our campus. Another young person.  Another life cut short. After reading my post, "Life" a colleague gave me a book for Tucker.  I'm always so appreciative of these thoughtfu...

It's happened again on our campus. Another young person. Another life cut short. After reading my post, "Life" a colleague gave me a book for Tucker. I'm always so appreciative of these thoughtfu.

When I was an impressionable teen I remember my father telling me, “Find out what it is you love to do in life.  Then, figure out a way to make money doing that thing.  Don’t worry so much about the amount of money you may or may not make.  Your life will be fulfilled with as much or as little by doing the thing you love to do.”  He’s so wise.  I’m loving life right now.  Seriously…loving life.

When I was an impressionable teen I remember my father telling me, “Find out what it is you love to do in life. Then, figure out a way to make money doing that thing. Don’t worry so much about the amount of money you may or may not make. Your life will be fulfilled with as much or as little by doing the thing you love to do.” He’s so wise. I’m loving life right now. Seriously…loving life.

That is the question... A good friend of mine asked me to write about the hiring practices for folks on the spectrum.  I loved this question - because it's something I often think about.  How will ...

That is the question. A good friend of mine asked me to write about the hiring practices for folks on the spectrum. I loved this question - because it's something I often think about.

The 4th of July.  A celebration of our Independence. From the Declaration: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certa...

was an American clergyman and activist best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience. King said many things, but I find this quote (pictured) to be as relevant … Continue reading →

The Fourth of July is in two days…just in case you didn't know. Necessary supplies for your 4th of July firework viewing: Earplugs (to limit reaction from big boomers) Patience Sunglass (to limit b...

The Fourth of July is in two days…just in case you didn't know. Necessary supplies for your of July firework viewing: Earplugs (to limit reaction from big boomers) Patience Sunglass (to limit b.

This week I watched one of those sporty shows with my husband. He said to me, "You should be a guest on this show because it takes you 10 seconds to say what it takes those yahoos 25 minutes." My g...

That is the question. A good friend of mine asked me to write about the hiring practices for folks on the spectrum. I loved this question - because it's something I often think about.

It's that time…a time for giving…giving gifts and giving time. Luke Landas found that, "While the cost of raising a child to age 18 might average around $200,000, dealing with autism could add anot...

The Cozy Canoe provides deep calming pressure while developing motor skills and sensory integration.

Are you hosting an event and there may be a child on the spectrum attending?  Do you want to be 'human' and make it a good experience for all? Yes, I know you are trimming turkeys, dusting shelves ...

That is the question. A good friend of mine asked me to write about the hiring practices for folks on the spectrum. I loved this question - because it's something I often think about.

The time change occurred and let me tell you about the havoc that causes in our home. Saturday night, bedtime changed to 9 PM.  Last night it was 8:30 PM.  I get it, many parents are thinking - sur...

That is the question. A good friend of mine asked me to write about the hiring practices for folks on the spectrum. I loved this question - because it's something I often think about.

Monday morning it was 6 degrees.  Tucker received a new winter coat this weekend (just in time…seriously…how does this sneak up on us in Iowa?!?!).  Commence battle.  Tucker also received a new pair of shoes this weekend.  Commence battle.  We know that children on the spectrum do not like change – they are routine oriented.  But this, this makes me crazy…every single time.  I get change of schedules, I get bedtime routines – but seriously, this?

Arguing with an autism mom about autism is like arguing with an astronaut about what it feels like to walk on the moon. So hush.