Woody’s Greatest Hits

Woody’s Greatest Hits

Aug 06

Salem is telling stories. The communication barrier is still pretty thick, but in the past 15 months, Salem has progressed from using echoed and scripted speech to answering simple “yes” and “no” questions to actual role-playing with his sister. Lately, he has been telling stories– nothing elaborate, but I will catch him narrating an original scene in limited...

Operation: Risk Management– Five Things to Consider Before Vaccinating

Operation: Risk Management– Five Things to Consider Before Vaccinating

Jul 24

When you have a child with Autism, one of the first questions on everyone’s mind is, “Are vaccinations the culprit?” Before I answer that… a few disclaimers: The following is by no means medically exhaustive. I am not a DIY expert on the subject, nor am I an anti-vaccine extremist. This is simply a slice of our journey. When Salem was born, I was paralyzed by the...

Atta Boy {Brief Salem Update}

Atta Boy {Brief Salem Update}

Jun 07

This just in… My son, MY SON– the one who insisted on wearing noise blocker headphones in public while clinging to me shaking at the sound of a cheering crowd… That son– the one who earlier this year was tortured by ball games and birthday parties and Brad Paisley concerts… That son, MY BOY, just sat with me trail side of the Jr. Hoya 2-miler trail race at Lost...

Road Trip Ent.

Road Trip Ent.

Apr 26

We are on the road! I wish I could say we were headed for an exotic weekend getaway, but the reality is, we are headed to Macon, Ga. No offense to Macon-ators, but the most exciting thing I have found there is the drive-thru Starbucks that still serves Berry Blossom White tea. BTW, That needs to make a come-back in all S’bucks everywhere, don’t you think? {Any To Do #394: Send BBW...

Twenty-Year Survival Plan

Twenty-Year Survival Plan

Apr 16

{Image via Bear Robot’s Etsy shop} …that’s what Jennifer prescribed during our last session. Part of me wished I has misunderstood and she really had said milligrams, but no. She said Clark and I needed to put together our twenty-year survival plan for raising a child with Autism. I have practiced a few Nervous Breakdown Prevention Methods over recent months, but I have learned...

Waiting to Exhale: A Conversation About Fetal Testing

Waiting to Exhale: A Conversation About Fetal Testing

Apr 08

{Image via Miss Jamie Elizabeth} I probably need to have my head examined for exploring a topic that will inevitably peeve half the female Facebook population. Nevertheless, I recently asked a few friends and readers if they underwent genetic fetal testing during their pregnancies. Here are a few of their responses: Ashleigh said: “Since I struggle with worry, I didn’t want to spend...