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by Marissa Bagshaw on 27 March 2013 in , , , , with 0 Comments

“My, what beautiful daughters you have! Are they twins?” asks yet another person. I’m at the supermarket with my two precious daughters Mei and Min Min, browsing the organic produce section looking for something to cook for dinner tonight.“No,” I reply curtly, grinding my teeth. “Mei is seven and a half, and Min Min just turned six.”One could be forgiven for thinking my girls are twins. Mei is only a little bit taller than Min Min but otherwise, my two lovely girls could very well be identical because despite my very best efforts, I just  can’t get Mei to put on weight.Mei falls in the bottom 2 percentile of weight for her age....

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by Cody Jordan on 22 March 2013 in , , , , with 0 Comments

I don’t like to live my life with a bunch of regrets.  To me, regrets are unneeded emotional baggage.  However, there is one “take back” I wish I had.  It happened many years ago, before I was even married.  I was on a group date with my (then) future wife and a group of her friends.  I hardly knew anybody there, so conversation just wasn’t happening for me until I opened my mouth and said something, to this day, that I wish I hadn’t....

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When a child is diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder it steers the family on an entirely different journey than they could have ever imagined.  Only another parent who has sat in a conference room hearing the words “I’m sorry, your child has Autism” could understand the feelings that go through your body… all at once… at that exact moment.  For me, it felt like time was standing still, I knew they were talking to me but I couldn’t for the life of me tell you what they were saying.  I remember feeling hot, dizzy, confused, but most of all… scared.  I was scared for myself, scared to tell my husband and family, scared for my child, and scared of......

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by Cody Jordan on 14 February 2013 in , , , , with 0 Comments

Love.  It’s a word some of us sometimes try to avoid.  But as the parent of a child with autism, I try to make it a part of everything I do.  Love is the main driving force of surviving the trials and tribulations that being the parent of a child with autism can often bring....

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We recently came back from summer holiday Down Under this year. As usual, Mei and Min Min were great throughout the 8 hour flight from Kuala Lumpur to Sydney, Australia. Seasoned travellers, the girls have been flying on planes since they were 3 weeks old. The girls were thrilled to be back in Australia. ...

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The timing was perfect.  I just got my first major winter snowstorm (11-13 inches), and my snow blower quit working.  I had no other choice but to get my shovel and dig my way out.  Shoveling that much snow gives you plenty of time to think, so I concentrated on warmer times and what they  brought in relation to Harrison....

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by Maryann DellaRocco on 14 December 2012 in , with 0 Comments

Not too long ago my husband and I were facing yet another 10 to 12 hour drive to visit his family out of state. Let me be perfectly clear, I HATE THAT DRIVE. It is horrible. We travel through 5 states, up mountainsides, in crazy traffic, across boring stretches, you name it, and we drive it. So this year my husband decided to see what the plane fares were looking like. They actually were quite reasonable and we bit the bullet, so to speak, and decided this year we would fly!...

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by Maryann DellaRocco on 20 November 2012 in , , , , , , with 0 Comments

I have no other way to say it other than Matthew is now a Cub Scout! Can you believe it? I know I can’t. This was not a day we expected to see. We hoped it would come, but lying in my bed late at night, worrying over autism and what it was doing to Matthew, well, I never thought we’d get to Cub Scouts. ...

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by Kimberly Ruckman on 18 November 2012 in , , , , with 0 Comments

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching. I love this time of year, and I am so excited, and almost giddy to be planning a family gathering in my own home. But like all holidays, there is just so much to do! ...

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Gratitude

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by Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer on 16 November 2012 in , , with 0 Comments

The season of giving and gratitude is upon us. Over the next month, families and friends of different faiths and cultures will gather to share traditions, exchange gifts and express thanks for the blessings that fill our lives. For those of us who are parents raising a child who faces great challenges, how does gratitude fit into the complexity of our emotional lives? Is it possible to be mad as hell at the causes leading to our children’s injury and simultaneously be able to open our hearts, offer thanks, and take in the joy of the season shining around us?I think so. In the early years when my son’s development went off track and we received an autism diagnosis, it......

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