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Once Upon a Time: Autism
Once upon a time, there was a mother who was blessed
with a wonderful husband, and a houseful of precious children. The mother was very happy and content.   Once upon a time, there was a mother who envisioned
great things for her children. She imagined driv...

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Puzzle Pieces Are Conversation Starters
I once started a blog post with “You may be an autism parent if” . It was a fun article and well received by my readers. One of my
statements was: “You may be an autism parent if you have tee shirts and
jewelry with puzzle pieces on them and your car sports...

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Autism parents have a lot in common
My son Tate is fifteen. Tate has autism. He was about
two and a half years old when he was diagnosed. Parenting a child with autism
is challenging at times, but also very rewarding. We have had a lot of
interesting experiences over the years and gotten to k...

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Christmas with Autism
Christmas time, the most
wonderful time of the year! Or is it? Choosing a Tree, 2015 My fifteen-year-old son Tate has autism. He is excited
about the approaching holiday. He does look forward to Christmas, but not for
all the same reasons many of us do.   F...

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Thanksgiving Feast or Dinner Roll?
Thanksgiving. It is such a special time of year: a time of reflection, a time for reuniting with family, a time to share in a feast that we all enjoy so much.  Wait. Sometimes holidays like Thanksgiving are not enjoyed by all. Thanksgiving for some people w...

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Stims: Good, Bad or Ugly?
When Tate was diagnosed with autism, I did not know
anyone else with autism. I had no idea what the right thing to do was, nor if
there were any treatments. I quickly began educating myself about autism. I
read many books and surrounded myself with people w...

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Tate's a Freshman, Part 2
My son Tate has autism. Tate is a freshman in High
School this year, and is just beginning the second quarter. At this point, his
teachers have gotten to know him and his quirks, his abilities and his
inabilities, some of his anxieties and obsessions, and j...

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What is a bully?
My fifteen-year-old son, Tate, is a freshman in High School. Tate has autism. To my knowledge Tate has never had to deal with peer who is a bully. I have a theory or two about the why(s) behind that and you can read about all of that here:  A Successful Bud...

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If you give a mom an Autism Speaks gift card...
It's no secret that a large majority of my followers are following because they saw one of my posts on the Autism Speaks site. So I do not have to explain to you readers who they are and what they do.  Autism Speaks has been really good to me and to Tate. M...

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What Does ADHD Mean?
What does ADHD mean? If you Google ADHD, you will learn that the acronym
stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and you will read about
distractibility, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. If you go to a medical professional for answers, chances
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