The diagnosis of autism is based upon very specific criteria. However, the degree of severity in how the components present themselves vary considerably from person to person as well as within the same person for different categories. There is also … READ MORE
A diagnosis—no matter what it is—effects the entire family and its dynamics, so working on everyone’s needs helps the outcomes of each member as well as the functioning unit. Co-ordinating all of this is monumental but is worth the effort. … READ MORE
Just released! A wonderful book born from post-pandemic trepidation.
During lockdown, it became apparent from conversations, news, and media that likely everyone was struggling with the stress of life and freedoms being snatched away. The unpredictability and uncertainty of the … READ MORE
We have been remiss in posting a blog for a while, but that is because we have been happily reintegrating into our new, old lives!
Family reunions, graduation and wedding celebrations, trips to see out-of-town children, theatre involvement, and going … READ MORE
I was impressed and gratified by a recent CBS 60 Minutes segment on “companies seeking out potential employees with autism.”* It is such an important topic to explore and consider, and the feature echoed many concepts we wrote about in … READ MORE
The term “stimming” is a shortened reference to self-stimulatory behaviors. Examples of these in autism include rocking, spinning, hand-flapping, tapping, vocal sounds, repeating words or phrases, and others. People without autism stim too! Are you a hair twirler, … READ MORE
Yes, our lives have been up-ended and challenged by COVID-19. Fear, upset, and anxiety are to be expected, as well as disappointment and mourning for cancelled events and occasions. But through all this, I can’t help but try to find … READ MORE
David and I would both like to weigh in on this conversation. For several years, with increasing sensitivity that a condition is not that person’s entire identity, it has become politically and professionally correct to refer to a person first, … READ MORE
What prompted us to write a book, you ask?
The idea came from my husband, Frank. Throughout David’s high school years, Frank intermittently brought up the notion. He was convinced that we could help people who were going through similar … READ MORE
We are a mother/son team who have shared David’s autism journey since he was 2, so our topics and reflections will span toddlerhood through the young adult years. We will share separately or together and hope you find value!