February 11, 2020

When Charlie was about 3 and 4 years-old he had very limited language.

It was mostly grunting and pulling my hand to the item he needed.

It was holding his ears a lot with his hands and dropping to the floor.

It was holding his ears with his shoulders crying.

It was whinin...

November 12, 2019

As I sit with my mom who had a stroke this past February I wonder how long will she be here with us in the state she is in?

You see she has dementia.

There I said it.

She can't walk on her own.

She can't go to the bathroom on her own.

It is hard for her to feed herself.


September 30, 2019

I have been privileged to be in many families lives helping them along their journey of life.

I have been their Behavior Analyst.

I have been their fellow parent friend in a support group.

I have been their Principal.

I have been their supervisor.

I have been their advocate...

August 15, 2019

Charlie started 11th grade today.

11th grade.

It has been such a journey these 18 years.

Sometimes it feels like it has been 30 years.

Today was a day of feeling grateful for so many things.

Grateful for the progress he has made up to this point.

He can talk and communicate...

April 1, 2019

I got a call that my mom got out of carotid artery surgery and was doing great. Only a few hours later we were told that they couldn't remove the breathing tube, she still needed it. When I heard that I got pretty scared. My family headed that way, nearly 1,000 miles a...

January 10, 2019

Charlie and I were in the car driving home from school and I asked him a few questions.

He is 17 and has autism.

Me: "Charlie what kind of apartment do you like?  A one-story or a two-story."

Charlie: "Well, let me see. Which one is better?"

Me: "It is really up to you."


October 29, 2018

Who really cares about life skills anyways?

Well we all should.

I have learned over the last several months that I have been helping too much.

I have not allowed my son to show me all the skills he had. I jumped in too quickly.

He processes slower and if he didn't give me...

September 21, 2018

When your child first gets a diagnosis with a disability they are usually under age 5. I remember the first year of our journey being so overwhelmed just in figuring out what this "autism" was and how to help my son. The other thing overwhelming was helping my son to t...

August 22, 2018

Charlie was told by his teacher, "Time for Art Charlie."

He would scream and run quickly under the closest table he could find and hold on to the legs for dear life, hoping no one could get him out.

He would scream things like, "No art!" or "No, No, No!"

He didn't want to...

July 16, 2018

What will happen to my son when he turns 18?

What will he do after he gets out of school?

I am the only person that can care for him the way he needs to be.

I don't trust anyone else to keep my son safe.

How will they know what he needs?

What if he gets scared?

What if I get...

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