Category Archives: Tears

Mom… tell me what I did wrong: Autism and Social Development

In my role as a special educator I often remind others (myself included) to consider that H and others like him who are Autistic are working doubly hard to make their way in the world. The effort my child makes … Continue reading

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Ladybugs: Autism, Empathy, and Processing Grief

Ladybugs: Autism, Empathy and Processing Grief As a parent of a child on the Autism spectrum and as a teacher I have a difficulty when others report that students with autism/Autistic children lack empathy. I try to correct this faulty … Continue reading

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The hardest day… a message to a friend

I wrote this post this past summer… for a friend. It was written in response to something she had written. It didn’t feel like the right time to release it then, but I sense that perhaps it is useful now: … Continue reading

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Let the tears come: dealing with grief and letting go

Today I am thinking about another Mom of a child with autism who is facing some very difficult challenges: gut-wrenching, soul-tearing, strength-testing, heart-breaking decisions that will likely make life better for her beautiful son, and her family, and herself. I … Continue reading

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Siblings, stress, and love: A big sister’s view of autism

I have a beautiful daughter who will be 18 next week. Nika was almost 6 when H was born. He was like having a real baby doll and she was just awesome with him. Nika was precocious and very social: … Continue reading

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Tears and glimpses of the moon

So many parents of children with autism are amazingly strong and resilient. We are skilled in advocacy and educating others. We can be almost psychic in our ability to anticipate behaviours and sensory reactions, or else uncanny in our ability … Continue reading

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School Based Teams, IEPs, and a Parent’s Journey with Autism

I have been reflecting over the past week about how important it is to me to share the experiences that I have had parenting a child on the Autism spectrum.  So many of them have been positive, and although they … Continue reading

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