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Lightening Up

Lightening Up

News Flash! Being the parent of a child with autism can be stressful! You know what I'm talking about. Sometimes you just need to lighten up. My story... Matthew started making signs when he was … Read full article

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Grandma's house

Choosing Mom

I was lonely. I had a newborn and a  2-year old, and my family had just moved to a small ranch house in Lafayette, a suburb of San Francisco. Luckily, we were just twenty minutes away from my parent’s house, which was great, because my parents loved spending time with their grandsons, and I cherished [...]


Autism, parenting, and learning from my mistakes

Matthew more than survived my autism parenting mistakes
My son Matthew is approaching his 28th birthday. That would make me a well seasoned autism mom who has learned from doing and  making a zillion mistakes along the way.
Here is a partial list of key mistakes that I have learned from:

Stressing math and reading at every IEP [...]


Spread the word to end the R-Word

The R-word is the word ‘retard(ed)’. Why does it hurt? The R-word hurts because it is exclusive. It’s offensive. It’s derogatory.
The “Spread the word to end the R-word campaign” asks people to pledge to stop saying the R-word as a starting point toward creating more accepting attitudes and communities for all people. Language affects attitudes [...]