When My Expectations Don’t Match My Reality

"I think you might be losing sight of the fact that he has an autism spectrum diagnosis. That's not going away. We need to talk about adjusting your expectations." This is what the behavioral pediatrician told me in our appointment last week. She said it in response to me telling her all the things we were "working on" and all the things that were...Read More

The Best Thing You Can Do To Help An Explosive Child

"I am going to write a doctor's note for you stating that you have a serious medical condition. Perhaps this will help you get respite care from someone." After months of crippling headaches, a stabbing sensation behind my right eye and shooting pains down the right side of my body, I finally went to see a neurologist. Three MRI's and two blood tests later,...Read More

Homeschooling An Explosive Child

There were scratches up and down my arms and my mascara was smudged. I glanced in the rear view mirror and noted that my hair would also need to be fixed before I went into the office. I looked like I had been in a fight. The truth is, I had. As I drove away from my son's school, I fought back tears. "Just getting him...Read More

Am I Babying My Son?

"You baby him. He's almost eleven years old and you are still helping him get his socks on straight." "You can't keep treating him like a baby. He is old enough to sleep through the night. You need some tough love here." "You are still helping him tie his shoes? Are you kidding me? How old is he? Time to cut the apron strings."...Read More

Neurological Evaluations and Diagnosis: What I Wish Someone Had Told Me

I hung up the phone and started to cry. I was alone in my room so that I could speak to the doctor's office privately. I could hear my son starting to meltdown and my husband trying to help him in the next room. But I couldn't move. I could not open that bedroom door and go back to all the crazy. Not yet. The...Read More