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Having Trouble Sleeping and Venting

I’m up late tonight.  I can’t get my mind to shut down, so I decided to try putting all my thoughts into a blog post.  I’ve had a few nights over the last few weeks, of having trouble sleeping.  My main worry, however, isn’t those few nights.  My main concern is that I’ve been so tired during the day, everyday.  I’ve also been dealing with nausea.

I don’t know if my medication needs to be adjusted, or I’m feeling the affects of holiday stress.  I am having Thanksgiving here for my husband’s family.  I’ve been spending a lot of time getting the house in order, and planning the dinner.  I decided that it would be easier to make homemade lasagna, instead of a turkey and side dishes.

It also looks like everyone here is coming down with a cold.  I’ll have to call and make an appointment for the kids to see the doctor.  I am definitely going to have to call my daughter’s ENT and see about scheduling surgery to get her tonsils removed.  I was hoping to wait until summer, but she’s having a lot more problems with sore throats.  I’ll need to get with the doctor and see if he can schedule surgery during Spring break.

My son is doing really good.  There’s nothing new to report with him.  He had a great time on the Boy Scout camping trip that he and my husband went on.  He loves camping.  There was one little issue that was scary for my husband.  It was raining, and they both were in the tent staying dry.  My husband got out of the tent, and went to talk with the other scout leaders.  At one point, when he looked towards the tent, my son wasn’t in there.  Needless to say, he was freaking out.  He looked all over, and found him in the bathroom.

My son has no problem going to the bathroom at home.  When we are at someone’s house, I have to tell him to go.  When we are camping, my husband takes him to the bathroom on a regular basis.  The fact that my son went to the bathroom while camping, on his own and without being told, is a great accomplishment.  It was also a really scary one for my husband.  When he told me, I was so proud of our boy, but I also felt really bad for my husband.  I know I would have been freaked out if I was in his place.  It just goes to show, sometimes parents have to think really fast about how they are reacting to certain situations.  I’m happy that my husband realized how great an accomplishment it was, and didn’t let his fear at not knowing where our son was cause him to react negatively.  That could have ended badly.

Empowering Autism Worldwide


When I first met Gina, I was 16 years old. She was 12. I entered her group home and walked up the stairs. She examined me, then reached out her hand, touched the arm of my black jacket with a peace sign on it, and said “girl.” From that moment, Gina and . . . → Read More: Empowering Autism Worldwide

Terminal Restraint: Disabled Adults Killed


The following is copy of part of an article that was shared with me in a comment. Please click over and read the whole thing. Stories like these are the main reason that I fear my son ever having to be in a long-term care facility.


They grabbed him, gave him a sedative and . . . → Read More: Terminal Restraint: Disabled Adults Killed


autism bakery

(PRESS RELEASE)Chicago, IL – Autism organization Have Dreams and ILOVESWEETS Bakery have created a recipe for success with a new workplace training program that helps give young adults with autism a pathway to employment. Have Dream’s pilot program – Have Dreams Academy – began this summer in Evanston, Illinois. The program introduced three young adults . . . → Read More: BAKERY SERVES UP SUCCESS STORIES FOR ADULTS WITH AUTISM

Halloween Craziness And Family Fun


I feel like I am going around in circles. I have so many things going on that I barely have time to check in here or my email. I am to the point that I can’t agree to do anything without looking at my calendar. Halloween parties for my daughter are filling up . . . → Read More: Halloween Craziness And Family Fun

Called To Grandma’s House


My grandmother doesn’t call that often. She’s like me, doesn’t care for talking on the phone. That’s why I love it when she does call me. It really makes my day. Last week, she called me and asked what I was doing on a certain date. I replied with the first answer that popped into . . . → Read More: Called To Grandma’s House

Boy Scouts And Special Allowances

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My son has been doing really good in Boy Scouts. He enjoys being around the other kids, and loves when they go camping. He’s now at the point where he should be working on the Eagle Award. This is a big deal for Boy Scouts, and a difficult award to get. My husband . . . → Read More: Boy Scouts And Special Allowances

Change schools – not students – for more inclusive education

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(Press Release) A study of Australian mothers’ attempts to access more appropriate schooling for their autistic children offers a new perspective on inclusive education policies and practices.


Writing in the International Journal of Inclusive Education, Rozanna Lilley of Macquarie University draws on the experiences of eight New South Wales families whose children needed to . . . → Read More: Change schools – not students – for more inclusive education

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