My Child Does Not Sleep

This morning was a tough one. I was up until almost 4:00 AM with my son. In the haze of perseverating chatter about computer builds and salt water tanks, I was struck at around 3:00 AM, at how little my life has changed. It’s been 13 years since my son was a newborn, and yet many nights feel exactly the same. Sleeping for short...Read More

Doctors, Therapists, and Moms of Children with Special Needs

I sat with her, desperate for information and scared of what she might say. It was two weeks before my appointment with the developmental pediatrician. Two weeks before I would hear the words 'Autism Spectrum Disorder' applied to my son. Two weeks before our lives changed. I had asked her to meet me for coffee. We had never really spent time together - we...Read More

Being A Mother Of A Chronically Ill Child

"Now, I don't want you to worry. Not yet. These results can mean any number of things." When the doctor starts out with "I don't want you to worry," the first thing you do is worry. It has been a year since we got back test results that revealed my son had something wrong - something very wrong - with his autoimmune system. We...Read More

Doctors And Older Children with Autism

8 month waiting list. 3 hour appointment. Expert Medical advice: no electronics before bed, give him massages, find a sport he likes. I'm in a bad mood. Please allow me to introduce you to  the author of these words. Bacon and Juiceboxes: Our Life With Autism is a Facebook page chronicling one family's experience of life on the spectrum. They are honest, funny, real,...Read More

Sensory Processing Disorder and Bathing

My son has never been one for baths. It was evident from the start. When he was just a couple of weeks old, he was admitted to a children's hospital. He was desperately ill, and no one knew why. We were there for more than a month. At some point a nurse came in, took one look at him and said in total disgust,...Read More