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On Playing Special-Needs Parenting Chess

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September 25, 2020 Parenting children with special needs or complex medical needs can be like a chess game. As I put on makeup, preparing to take my son to a new doctor, I remember so many times when I put … Continue reading

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Towards a New Conversation

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September 17, 2020 When I was studying architecture in the 1980s, the treatises and manifestos of famous architects were required reading. One of the most popular was a collection of essays called Towards a New Architecture, written by French architect … Continue reading

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Autism and Aggression: Why Loving Parents Sometimes Need to Call 911

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You’ve probably seen the story floating around in your newsfeed about the 13-year-old boy with autism who, in the midst of a mental health crisis, was shot as he ran away by the police who had been called in to … Continue reading

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To Mask or Not to Mask: Declaring a Truce

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June 29, 2020 Like today’s guest blogger, Dr. Cammy Benton, we at TMR have noticed an increasingly hostile face off between those who deeply believe that face masks are a universal good and those who don’t. We don’t feel the hostility … Continue reading

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Caregiver Reciprocity: How Can We Work Together to Craft Better Lives?

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May 20, 2020 I’ve talked about and written about the concept of caregiver fatigue over the years. It’s a thing. I know that I’ve hit that point more than once. I’ve talked about how hard this special-needs parenting journey is, … Continue reading

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Protect the Vulnerable?

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May 18, 2020 I will admit that every day of this triggers A lot of emotions. It’s hard to hear how everyone should be “in it together,” or that we have to “protect the vulnerable,” with nobody comprehending that this … Continue reading

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When People Say Trust Your Doctor, I Say Trust Your Experience

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February 26, 2020 I was about 20 when a physician told me my pain was all in my head and that I just needed to reduce stress. I quit my college job and dropped a class . . . then had … Continue reading

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Autism Housing Crisis: Message in a Bottle before the Tsunami

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February 25, 2020 This is a topic worse than politics or religion. It is a topic that many actively address daily by way of status updates on Facebook, but posting and commenting are not going to change the urgency. This … Continue reading

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Kindness Counts: Inclusion Begins at Home

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February 19, 2020 Did you know that February is North American Inclusion Month? Nope? Me neither. I had no idea, and I don’t know how I missed it. We hear a lot more about Autism Awareness Month in April because … Continue reading

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The Slippery Slope of Censoring So-Called “Pseudoscience”

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February 3, 2020 The day before yesterday, an article came out in the U.K. Telegraph stating that the U.K. might soon make it a criminal offense to post “anti-vaccine propaganda” on social media. This was Crush’s response on her Facebook page. It was … Continue reading

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