Autism · Grief · Parenting

Grieving My Child’s Diagnosis

When I was in high school, I learned about Elisabeth Kubler-Ross’s Five Stages of Grief (the stages we go through when we are processing a significant loss or change). It was part of an assignment for a speech I was working on in debate class. Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance I still have them… Continue reading Grieving My Child’s Diagnosis

Autism · Sensory Processing Disorder

Sometimes The Basics Are The Most Difficult

My son showed me exactly how he planned to install a CPU into his computer yesterday. (If you don’t know what that is, don’t worry. You are in good company. I listen to my son tell me all about computer parts for most of the day, every day, and I am still not 100% sure… Continue reading Sometimes The Basics Are The Most Difficult

Autism · Sensory Processing Disorder

Learning To Embrace God’s Design For My Children

He really, really wanted to see that stinky flower. For months, he had walked by the “titan arum” at the gardens and told me all about it. How it’s like a once in a lifetime thing to actually see it bloom, how rare of an experience it would be, how it actually smells like rotting… Continue reading Learning To Embrace God’s Design For My Children

Autism · Dyslexia · Family · Homemaking · Homeschooling · Parenting · Sensory Processing Disorder · Survival Mode

5 Things That Are Making Life Easier Right Now

It is now February and, as much as I hate to admit it,  we are still recovering from the holidays. The lack of routine, the lack of sleep, the lack of control – it has left a lot lacking in our daily lives. Add to the chaos, a trip to the hospital for my son,… Continue reading 5 Things That Are Making Life Easier Right Now

Autism · Parenting

When People Realize My Son Has Autism

She smiled at me, a mixture of pity and kindness in her eyes. My son was talking jibberish (something that sounded like a mix between a cat’s meow and beeps…I am not even sure how to describe it). He was wearing his over-sized, bright orange, and looked like he could be a prisoner picking up… Continue reading When People Realize My Son Has Autism

Autism · Parenting · Sensory Processing Disorder

How Animals Can Help In Occupational and Social Skills Therapies

My son’s first word was not mama. It wasn’t dada. It was a very distinct, “KeeKee”. Translation? Kitty. My son has been fascinated with animals ever since I can remember. He would never actually pet them and touch tanks were a nightmare. But he would study them, following their movements, intently focused on figuring them… Continue reading How Animals Can Help In Occupational and Social Skills Therapies

Autism · Doctors

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… Continue reading Doctors And Older Children with Autism