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For Almost Neurotypical Kids Who Struggle

June 16, 2018 I’ve written many times about my older son, who was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder in the fall of 2000. What I haven’t shared publicly, is the story of the little baby who was in the … Continue reading

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What Now? Life as an Adult on the Autism Spectrum

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January 29, 2018 My baby turns 18 in a few days. I should be getting prepared for life as an “empty-nester.” Not for this mom, though. You see, my oldest son is just shy of his 20th birthday; before you … Continue reading

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When Autism Recovery Doesn’t Happen: My Son Is 18, Autistic, and Not Recovered

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June 9, 2016 Autism recovery is a hot-button issue. Using this term could get you any number of reactions. Some people have never heard of the idea that someone could recover from autism and are intrigued. Others argue there is … Continue reading

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10 Things I Wish I Could Do Over in Raising My Son with Autism

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March 9, 2016 Today my son, who was diagnosed with autism at age two, turned eighteen years old. It’s often at these milestones I reflect on my life. I never wanted to raise my children and look back with regrets. I … Continue reading

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Three Reasons Why I Can’t “Just Accept” My Child

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There is a phrase used to describe an optimistic person: Seeing the world through rose-colored glasses. When you are the parent of a special-needs child, you definitely see the world, and your child, through a different, special lens. One of perspective. … Continue reading

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Thinking Moms’ Guide to Red Flags: Colic

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Crying. It is a sound that puts most people on instant alert. Especially when it is an infant in distress. Mother’s and father’s intuition is crucial to get to the cause of the alert, to fix it and calm the … Continue reading

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Great Gift for Kids: Learn about a Healthy Lifestyle with “The Race to Recovery”

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I was super excited when I opened the mailbox and saw the package inside!  Even though it was Christmastime and we had ordered many presents that were steadily arriving, this was what I had been waiting for! Colleen McNamara Cimador co-authored … Continue reading

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Think Before You Judge An Autism Parent: Until You’ve Walked in My Shoes

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I’ve been a parent now for around seventeen years. I’ve worked closely with children with special needs for the past six. With each new experience, it seems I encounter the same general mentality. No matter where I live, work, or … Continue reading

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