Tagged with autism

communication

communication

I am in an unfamiliar place. I do not speak the language, nor know the local customs. I do not feel well. I approach a woman nearby. “Excuse me, please,” I say. “I don’t mean to bother you, but I have a stomach ache. Can you help me?” She puts her finger to her lips and … Continue reading

care and handling

care and handling

Yesterday, I posted the following on Facebook: Three years ago when Brooke needed to have a couple of baby teeth pulled, we were told (and agreed) that the only way to do that would be in a hospital, under general anesthesia. That was what we did. Last month, we were told that she needed to … Continue reading

gearing up for april

gearing up for april

- Last year, Katie came to me with a question. “Mama,” she asked, “now that we don’t feel like we can support Autism Speaks anymore, what can I wear to school for Autism Awareness Day?” While I know the question of what to wear may seem silly to some, we take our autistic pride pretty seriously around … Continue reading

a meltdown is not a tantrum

a meltdown is not a tantrum

{image is a photo of a young man curled into a ball, covering his head with his hands} – On the outside it might look like a sudden explosion, but it’s actually the final few minutes of a process that may have taken hours or even days to develop. Bec at Snagglebox, What Does a … Continue reading

scared

scared

{image is a photo of Brooke hanging out at Boston Children’s Blood Donor Center, waiting for me to be called in to donate platelets.} “Thank you again for coming with me to the hospital today, kiddo,” I say into the darkness of her room before bedtime. “It meant a lot to me.” “I’m glad I … Continue reading

special globe, usa today, and my daughter

special globe, usa today, and my daughter

    {image is a photo of Katie and Brooke wheeling their bags through the Orlando airport last year.} At the end of January, I was contacted by a travel reporter. He was planning to write a feature in USA Today highlighting Special Globe, an up and coming travel service for families including children with … Continue reading