Posted in March 2012

not just numbers, people

I’m sure by now you’ve seen the numbers. If not, here they are: Data & Statistics Prevalence About 1 in 88 children has been identified with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) according to estimates from CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network. [Read article] ASDs are reported to occur in all racial, ethinic, and … Continue reading

their what?

– All, Before I write anything else, I have to tell you that I am utterly overwhelmed by the response to yesterday’s post. Between the blog and Facebook, within twenty-four hours over ninety of you had taken the time to tell me what it meant to you, and for that, I am so grateful. Many … Continue reading

D Day

* At brunch with family, October, 2005 I find that many of my friends remember the specific date upon which their child was diagnosed with autism. Many dread its anniversary, girding themselves for the PTSD that, to them, feels inevitable. I often hear those same parents refer to that day as D Day. Or The … Continue reading

in her own words

* It all started when Brooke’s team leader was kind enough to walk us through the portfolio that she and Brooke have been working hard on putting together to present to the Massachusetts Department of Education for the MCAS-ALT. MCAS stands for Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System, but it’s much better known to many special needs … Continue reading

doing her part

Diary of a Mom Is there anything better than family who lets your kid blow out the candles on their cake? #Grateful Like ·  · Share · Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 10:21 pm . * The Bat Mitzvah girl spoke about how she planned to take on her responsibility as a newly minted adult in her community. She … Continue reading

braver than you believe

* The note I left in Katie’s lunchbox this morning * Thank you. Thank you for reading. Thank you for sharing. Thank you for telling me your own stories in return. Thank you for never letting me forget that as isolating as this journey can be, neither I nor my children are on it alone. … Continue reading

innocence lost – the siblings

* Katie and Brooke ~ Photo by Kathleen Connerton * Their innocence lost, they had to be braver and more generous than children should have to be. ~ Eustacia Cutler, speaking of her other children – Temple’s siblings. My heart is breaking. It’s too much tonight. These kids – these amazing little people – carry the … Continue reading

like your kids live here

* I saw this sign the other day. And I thought, My God, this is genius. * And I wondered. What if we could litter the world with these? What if we could make signs that said ACT like your kids live here? Or, I don’t know, maybe – SPEAK like your kids live here … Continue reading