Tag: parenting

Autism: Boys of Summer

Yesterday, we packed up the boys up to go sign up for baseball. On the way there, Gregg told me that he felt like we should let Scott sign up for a regular team. His reasoning was that he doesn’t want to apply limits that may not be necessary to apply. He said he would rather give him an opportunity to play a regular team and if he fails, move him to the special needs team.

Autism: Parenting “Failures” and Celebrating Milestones

I’ll be honest and tell you that this is an area I actually felt like I’d failed in. The older he got and the longer he went without being able to tie, the more I wonder if not forcing the issue would hurt him in the long run.

Autism: No Help

I recently took our son Scott to a local autism clinic with the intention of getting some guidance and insight into how to properly prepare him for the vast world out there. We were placed on the waiting list for this place within a month of our December move to Fort Knox, and I was excited when we finally got an appointment. The first thing the psychiatrist asked me was, “Why are you here?”

Autism and Playing Catch-Up

My sister-in-law found out during her pregnancy that the baby she carried had Down’s Syndrome. By the time our niece, Annalise, was born, she and her husband had several weeks to prepare, plan, and equip themselves as they began the journey of parenting their daughter. They had occupational therapists when she was just an infant, a team of doctors, and the combined knowledge of decades of medical research to aid and assist them in their process.

Autism Parenting and the Most Humbling of Lessons; Or: How I Fell in Love with the PE Teacher

It seems like this path of autism parenting constantly teaches me the most humbling of lessons. This week’s was a biggie.

The Stages of Parenting

Since that conversation, I’ve been mentally thinking about stages of parenting. It’s such a gradual thing. When they’re born, you can’t fathom ever letting them go.

You give birth and you’re afraid to take a shower for fear of something happening to them in those 10 minutes you can’t see or maybe even hear them.

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