• Understanding Autism from the Inside

    “Academics came easily to me. The rest of life—not so much.”

Disney’s Response to a Frantic Mom’s Email, and Our Plan

After I sent my frantic email and panic over how I would navigate Disney’s DAS pass in order for my children to be able to access Disney’s attractions, I patiently (or maybe not so patiently) awaited a response.  Honestly, I was expecting a generic policy directed response, in the form …

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Terrified to Visit Disney with the Boys: Fear about the DAS Pass

The last time our family visited Walt Disney World was in May of 2012, before the little guy was born. We traveled with three boys on the spectrum, Adam then 13, Matt, 8, and Thomas 1 year and 3 months. During that trip, we went to the Magic Kingdom and …

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Six Flags Great Escape: A-Rating for Accommodations

A few weeks ago our family drove down to Six Flags Great Escape in Lake George, about a two-hour drive, for our first visit of the season AND our first visit with our youngest non-verbal son. It has been more than two years since we last visited Six Flags. Family …

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Autism Awareness is About Telling Our Stories…

“On December 26th, 1990 Marguerite Elisofon gave birth to premature twins: Samantha and Matthew. Marguerite and her husband soon noticed their daughter lagged behind her brother in ways that scared them. Samantha, they learned, was on the autistic spectrum. Most “experts” weren’t optimistic about her chances for leading a normal …

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AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR MARGUERITE ELISOFON AND A SPECIAL BOOK GIVEAWAY FOR MY READERS! (Yay!)

INTERVIEW AND BOOK GIVEAWAY! Marguerite Elisofon, Author of My Picture Perfect Family, has graciously agreed to an interview, and will be giving away autographed copies of her book to some of our lucky readers.  Just comment below to enter to win. ! I am excited about her book release today, …

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The Tot Needs Help!

Despite all the therapy he is receiving in school, speech and ten hours of ABA therapy a week, the Tot seems to be regressing in some areas. My biggest concerns are his emotional regulation; anxiety, clinginess, irritability,increasingly violent and frequent meltdowns; frequent attacks on his brothers (particularly my-ten-year old); and  …

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Meltdowns: when you fear they will hurt themselves

Some meltdowns are so violent that they require physical restraint to ensure the Tot doesn’t hurt himself. After coming home yesterday devoid of words, the Tot lounged on the sofa with his pillow and sippy cup watching Dora. Slowly his speech returned I’m assuming after he had enough time to …

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Is the Tot regressing again?

Yesterday two boys stepped off the school bus; one had no words, and the other would not shut up! Usually when the Tot gets to the bus doors, he waves at me, and says, “Hi, Mommy!” He takes my hand, jumps off the last step into the street, and then …

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Autism Parents Need Extra Sets of Hands; The Tot is a Runner

Like my Little Man before (now 9) before him, the Tantrum Tot (3) is a runner.  I was fortunate that Aspie Teen was not a runner when he was little. Had he been runner, at least he would have been the only one I had to think about. Three additional …

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    Twirling Naked in the Streets and No One Noticed by Jeannie Davide-Rivera

    Twirling Naked in the Streets and No One Noticed

    by Jeannie Davide-Rivera

    Giveaway ends January 07, 2016.

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