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Emotional Roller Coaster

Helping Hands

Through our journey into the world of autism, and special needs children in general, I have come to learn a lot. By no means will my education ever be all encompassing or complete. But, I have learned. I have spoken before about learning about myself. About being patient. About expectations. But all of these things I learned because I have …Continue reading →

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Where we are these days

I have not sat down to write for a number of months. Part of this was that I wasn’t sure what there was left to talk about. Another part of it was there were things I had to say but didn’t want to say them publicly. Also, I was incredibly busy and stressed. But now as I have a few …Continue reading →

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Where it Counts

I haven’t written anything here for over a month so let me just fill you in on what’s been happening since last we chatted. Christmas came and went. J was thrilled with his train but did say, as I predicted, upon first glance, “Well, it’s not the SCALE Polar Express.” But, he was happy nonetheless, which is all I asked …Continue reading →

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‘Tis the Season

The holiday season is upon us in full swing. For most people, this time is a mix of joy, excitement, coupled with exhaustion and stress. No one knows the tumult this time of year can cause more than a parent of a special needs child. J loves the holidays! He is very into celebrating our combined faiths of Chanukah and …Continue reading →

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Lessons living through Hurrican Sandy taught me about my special needs child.

As I sit here writing this, with a cup of tea and power and heat, it seems like more than just six days since we got our power back after Hurricane Sandy took the east coast by storm. As we were living without our creature comforts, and other, more necessary comforts like heat and refrigeration, I had many moments where …Continue reading →

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Anxiety & Anticipation

My weekends, historically, before children, were filled with running errands, relaxing with friends and family, eating good meals and resting. When you have a baby, the weekends and the weekdays tend to merge into one long steady stream of sameness. There are sleepless nights, keeping on track with whatever routine you have successfully managed to get your baby on during …Continue reading →

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School Update

Ahh, the beginning of a new school year. A time filled with dread and concern over new teachers, new classrooms, new routines. And this is just what WE the parents feel!! This year, J had a new regular education teacher, a new aide and a new case manager. I was very nervous. I found out right before school began that …Continue reading →

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The Walk

It has been a while since my last post. We have been very busy in our household. Yesterday, we took part in the Greater Morris Area Autism Speaks Walk. I have been spending a lot of time these past few weeks working on fundraising for the event. After I turned in all of the donations made by our extremely generous …Continue reading →

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They say you shouldn’t compare…

As I type this, my son, J is playing on his Wii. He is playing Harry Potter Lego, Years 5 – 7. Prior to that, he tried watching the movie Cars but could not locate one of his race cars from the movie to recreate the opening race scene, so he moved on. Well, actually, I should clarify. HE did …Continue reading →

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Evolution

As I approach the last days of summer vacation, I am filled with so many emotions. I am distraught that J’s camp experience this July (which seems like a year ago now!) was so dismal. I am proud that he achieved a goal of receiving his green belt in Tae Kwon Do. I am filled with joy of the memories …Continue reading →

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