Category Archives: Autism Challenges

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A Vacation That Isn’t….. with Autistic Kid

As a kid I was lucky that I was able to enjoy many wonderful family vacations. I did travel to many destinations.  I wish I was able to pass that gift on to my sons. Unfortunately I cannot do that: our … Continue reading

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A visit to the doctor w. autistic kid

Last weekend I had a doctor’s appointment and decided to take my autistic son with me, as he loves outings and car rides. The decision to bring Nick is always a risky one, and not for the faint hearted: having … Continue reading

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Persistant Potty Problems (acronym = PPP )

“And she still was not willing to sit on the seat!” cried exasperated mom at the coffee clatch. “What am I going to do? She is 3 1/2, and the Montessori School will not accept her unless she is independent … Continue reading

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The Road Abandonned

It was 2007 and Where the hell was I? It was somewhere unfamiliar, somewhere I never expected to be. Some kind of moral wasteland without social services! In this place, there was no public care plan, no funding for expensive … Continue reading

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Top 5 Healthy Autism Coping Strategies

We all know unhealthy coping strategies, like chocolate and wine, work great but have the unfortunate side effect of weight gain. I tried some other things. What did NOT work for me: 1. Spending Money. After my son was diagnosed … Continue reading

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EEGs and MRIs – What the letters REALLY mean…

I hoped it would be possible to learn why N had autism. It did not run in the family. We have no history of developmental disability. Heart disease and cancer – yes! But the only brain issue in our family … Continue reading

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Wait List after Wait List after Wait list

OK, with diagnosis “confirmed”, now what? There must be services out there to help him? There has to be something out there to help impacted families? The provincial government had closed or was in the process of closing all institutions … Continue reading

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The coffee clatch

We got together every so often, the coffee clatch. Our kids all attended the same school, although in different grades. On this particular day coffee was at my house. N had been diagnosed, he was upstairs hiding from the noisy … Continue reading

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Diagnosis Part 2

It took too long but we eventually did get it: the diagnosis of mod-severe autism. Another assessment from a service provider reaffirmed the diagnosis of Dr. K. All this stuff, this business of a diagnosis, it felt like a blow, … Continue reading

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Diagnosis

When Nicholas was just over 2 years old I took him to a speech path, because as yet he had no speech and language. As i have mentionned in previous posts his principal method of communication was crying and screaming. … Continue reading

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