Autism

Transition

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I have to tell you readers, my brain is spinning a bit lately. You see, my son, my beautiful severely autistic son, turned fourteen this spring, which means his next IEP meeting is a “transition” meeting. In an effort to prepare I googled “transition,” and it means “the process or period of changing from one […]

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Shades of Gray

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It was a simple question, asked at a party of people I hadn’t seen in years. “What grade is Justin in now?” was the query, but the truth is I had to stop and think about it because they don’t really do grades at his private autism school. “He’s in ninth” I replied, and we […]

Dear Soon-to-be-ex-case-manager

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Dear Soon to be ex-Case Manager, The call from you came yesterday with that bland generic “my sons’ public school district’s” phone number popping up, and as always, I held my breath. Is Zach sick? Did I forget to send in his lunch (again)? Is Justin’s placement in jeopardy (Dear God no, it’s too early […]

Enough

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I still remember the day I knew my autistic son would remain on the severe end of the spectrum. Justin was five, and in the last few weeks of his pre-school program before he would transition back into district to his hometown public school. I recall going to his classroom for some type of program, […]

Dear Readers

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A few weeks ago I was fortunate enough to have a piece I wrote, a letter to Justin’s future caregiver in a group home, published on the Autism Speaks blog and highlighted in their social media. In it I wrote about my boy’s strengths, weaknesses, and his general adorableness (making that a word). I thanked […]

Dear Zachary

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Dear Zachary, If you’re reading this letter then your Dad and I have gone to the Great Beyond (not happily, but you know, death and taxes), and of course I had to leave something behind for you. I always enjoyed having the last word. First, let me say what a joy it was to be […]

The Cure

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There is so much that is contentious in the autism community; cell phones, vaccines, circumcision causing autism (no, I didn’t make that one up). Even among the issues that create conflict among our group however one question ultimately stands out. I’m talking about the cure. And not the fun band I’m old enough to have […]