Of IEPs & Crumb Cake

 At 11am EST today I'm speaking on The ABC's of an IEP on the Autism Women's Network. I know more than a few of you out there are as well-schooled (pun intended) in this particular area as I am (or as I seek to be—as many of you know, in the heat of the moment … Continue reading

Of IEPs & Crumb Cake

 At 11am EST today I'm speaking on The ABC's of an IEP on the Autism Women's Network. I know more than a few of you out there are as well-schooled (pun intended) in this particular area as I am (or as I seek to be—as many of you know, in the heat of the moment … Continue reading

Backseat Navigator

 "This way." "That way, that way." "Go straight!" "Right, yes, right." These are just some of the directions Charlie has been giving us as we drive the white car around. His sense of direction is impeccable, or so it seems. When a couple of blocks before there's an intersection Charie points ahead and says "I … Continue reading

Backseat Navigator

 "This way." "That way, that way." "Go straight!" "Right, yes, right." These are just some of the directions Charlie has been giving us as we drive the white car around. His sense of direction is impeccable, or so it seems. When a couple of blocks before there's an intersection Charie points ahead and says "I … Continue reading

A Good Friday

Black Friday began on a bleakish note for us. Charlie dutifully got into the white car at 7.45am and walked into the waiting room of LabCorp, to get his blood drawn for testing. After a half-hour wait during which the receptionist, with a quite large sigh, prepared all the paperwork for the tests, Charlie sat … Continue reading

Thanksgiving In Motion

 Friends joined my parents and the three of us for Thankgiving. There was way too much food, which is okay by me, it's back to work next week for us and a full-loaded fridge is more than appreciated.  There were nine of us total and a very very good time was had by all, especially … Continue reading

Figuring Things Out (Thankfully)

 The mystery of the Really Early Wake-ups was in part explained when we heard a hacking cough emanating from Charlie early Wednesday morning and beheld him rubbing a very runny nose. [“Mystery” photo accompanying this post will be explained after the jump.] I called the school to tell them that he was sick. Charlie started to … Continue reading

Sleep Is For the Weak, Oh Yes It Is

 Monday, 4.51am with a 1-hour snooze from 6 – 7am. Tuesday, sometime before 4am with a 30 minutes snooze around 6.30am. That's when Charlie has woken up for the past few nights and  I guess I should feel lucky that it's just been two nights. I mentioned this to another mother at Charlie's school while … Continue reading

No and Yes

I would wager that Charlie understands the lion's share of what he hears. Jim and I have no direct, actual, literal, "scientific" sort of evidence for this. But we do really feel that, for all we don't (yet; always) know why Charlie does what he does and says what he says, we do know Charlie … Continue reading

What Gets Whispered

Upon reading about how some parents are turning to the techniques of the "Dog Whisperer," Cesar Millan, to raise their children—to a reliance on, as a November 22nd New York Times article puts it, "discipline, order and devotion" rather than a "child knows best, no is not a word in my parental vocabulary" more laissez-faire … Continue reading

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