We are a mother/son team who have shared David’s autism journey since he was 2, so our topics and reflections will span toddlerhood through the young adult years. We will share separately or together and hope you find value!
Going back to my high school years, I never thought that college would be in the cards for me due to my difficulty with comprehension and grasping deeper meanings. Upon completing grad school, the greatest thing that I have taken … READ MORE
Expect a Miracle: Understanding and Living with Autism has been launched! The cover of this second edition book is particularly symbolic for us, and the eye is immediately drawn to that backwards “E” in the title. Was it a mistake? … READ MORE
As a spin-off from our last blog, I’d like to address some of my sensory differences and how I respond and/or cope with them.
Currently, the one thing I do constantly is move my legs when I am sitting, even … READ MORE
The term “stimming” is a shortened reference to self-stimulatory behaviors. Examples of these in autism include rocking, spinning, hand-flapping, tapping, vocal sounds, repeating words or phrases, and others. People without autism stim too! Are you a hair twirler, … READ MORE
As a person with autism, I thrive in structure. I need an organized schedule in which a routine is established. Change is difficult for me to handle. As an example, going back a few months, I really struggled with trying … READ MORE
Yes, our lives have been up-ended and challenged by COVID-19. Fear, upset, and anxiety are to be expected, as well as disappointment and mourning for cancelled events and occasions. But through all this, I can’t help but try to find … READ MORE
Often times, people have a stereotype in their minds of what autism is and how people with it function. But as the saying goes, “You meet one person on the spectrum, you meet one person on the spectrum!” No two … READ MORE
David and I would both like to weigh in on this conversation. For several years, with increasing sensitivity that a condition is not that person’s entire identity, it has become politically and professionally correct to refer to a person first, … READ MORE
Throughout my teaching career, there have been countless times when I’ve questioned my abilities, or if I had what it took to be a good teacher (Was I in the right profession?). The big question I asked myself was whether … READ MORE
What prompted us to write a book, you ask?
The idea came from my husband, Frank. Throughout David’s high school years, Frank intermittently brought up the notion. He was convinced that we could help people who were going through similar … READ MORE