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susan van Riesen
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Echolalia from God?
Echolalia is " meaningless repetition of another person's spoken words as a symptom of psychiatric or developmental disorder".  Josh has been exhibiting echolalia since he began to learn how to talk.  We've spend a tremendous amount of time trying to teach ...

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What I've Learned from Josh (A Guest Post from "Auntie Rachel")
I've known Josh almost since the day he was born. Susan and Alex lived upstairs from me and my roommate for Josh's first year of life. In light of his heath issues and my night owl tendencies, I had many middle of the night shifts feeding him very specific ...

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**Disclaimer.  This post is happy but a little gross.  If you are sensitive to talking about toileting, you might want to skip this one. Somebody say "hallelujah!"  Can I get an "amen"?  Gimme a hand clap!  Let's all whoop out loud for today my son took a p...

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Dead Hummingbird
Tough morning. Daddy is out of town. Mom forgot to set the alarm. We woke up just as Josh's bus was about to pull up at our house.  I tried to keep my voice mellow and subdued but I think I ended up sounding serious and intense.  "Girls, Mommy made a mistak...

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A Shared Joy is a Double Joy
Yesterday I took my kids through a drive-through car wash for the first time in their lives.  It was, to Josh, a revelation.  He was immediately enthralled by the experience, exuding a sense of awe that another person might have when observing the Grand Can...

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I'm Having a Very Good Life
One of my favorite movies in the world is a little known
film called Mi Familia (or My Family).   I
love it because it’s a beautiful snapshot of Los Angeles, a city that I deeply
love, and about three generations of a Mexican family, a culture that I love. ...

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A Rich Tangle of Emotions
Yesterday I dropped Josh off at his winter day camp at his autism therapy center.  We walked into the waiting room where kids were meeting up with their one on one therapists for the day.  As I took in the sights and sounds, I was inundated by a rich tangle...

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