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Quirky Sandals


For those with autism, quirks are a natural thing.  Even those of us in the neurotypical population have our oddities.  For example, I must wake up to a coffee mug full or Diet Mountain Dew.  I know, I know, it’s … Continue reading

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The Roman in the cupboard


Today, I was on a tear.  Eric forced me to clean off the top of our dresser.  For those of you who don’t know me well, I don’t clean.  I mean, like, never.  Okay, close to never.  I only do … Continue reading

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Stim city


Stims are self-stimulatory behaviors.  Repetitive behaviors, like spinning in circles or twirling hair, they are common in autistic people.  They are not unique to those with autism, but the difference between the autistic stims is that they have a way … Continue reading

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Coat, backpack, mom…NOW


Roman had an okay day at school.  From what I hear it wasn’t spectacularly good or awful.  I expected awful after leaving him crying in the arms of his teacher this morning.  I worried about him all day, even considering … Continue reading

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He’ll get over it…right?


There are things that parents of autistic children avoid.  Things like the automatic hand dryers in public restrooms.  Roman just cannot take the sound of it.  He screams, covering his ears and runs whenever we are in a restroom and … Continue reading

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It’s his birthday, it’s his birthday!


Three years ago today, I was feeling like warmed over hell.  My headache had lasted for two weeks and I was sure that I would be walking around with a throbbing brain for the rest of my life.  My blood … Continue reading

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Goodbye to two


Today is the last day for Roman to be two. It’s been a year of great successes and growth for all of us. It was a year ago that I first heard the “A” word used in relation to my … Continue reading

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Where it all started


A year ago, Roman was going through evaluations for Early On.  Early on is a federally funded program here in Michigan for children 0 to 3 years old showing developmental delays.  My friends and mother urged me to call them.  … Continue reading

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The change


I never noticed the change. Roman was about fifteen months old and we were preparing for our oldest son to undergo a major surgery. Tycen would have four surgeries in less than a year on his legs, landing him in … Continue reading

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Someone I love very much has autism


I will start with a simple proclamation:  My son has autism. A year ago, he was almost completely non-verbal, with only one word approximation.  He would say “uh” to be picked up.  Today, at five days before his third birthday, … Continue reading

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