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Swimming Lessons with Autism

We enrolled N in swimming lessons for the first time when N was 4. The community swimming program for special needs kids was called “Aquadapt”. As I saw it at the time, it was just another thing N could not … Continue reading

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Easter with Autism

About 17 years ago, Easter Bunny passed me the hat, and the basket of eggs. I have to say, it was lots of fun, but It was not always easy, staying up late, finding good hiding places that weren’t TOO … Continue reading

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Autism Appearances……are Deceiving

There are 2 stories that I want to tell. About appearances, and how they are not necessarily reflective of reality. One is about autism, the other is not. In both cases the families live on the edge, at the extreme … Continue reading

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Lost….Code ADAM…..and Found

It has not happened, in years, but it did again today. I lost N at the Superstore. I was selecting a flavour of ice cream in the freezer aisle, and I did not notice that he had wandered off. My … Continue reading

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Personal Hygiene tips and tricks for parenting severely autistic boys

If you have a kid with autism, especially on the moderate – severe end of the spectrum, you probably have experienced difficulties teaching your child basic personal hygiene. I believe that the challenge relates to relevance: if something is not … Continue reading

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Autism Enlightenment… while Shopping!

Just before Christmas N and I had gone to Walmart to buy a few last minute gifts. We were waiting, in a very busy store, in a very long line. This is the very stuff of autism shopping nightmares of … Continue reading

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Halloween Hopes

Here’s to a Halloween enjoyed by N! Here’s to sufficient understanding so that there is no fear. His pumpkin carved by him, with kind and understanding help.

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Revenge of the Special Needs

As I was sipping my morning coffee and reading about yet another closure of public services for special needs kids, this time in Hamilton, I had a great idea. I think it is time to close all political offices and … Continue reading

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Autism meets the Eye Doctor

It really was no surprise that N’s first visit to the eye doctor was such a disaster. But I wanted to know if his vision was ok. And he cannot tell us, because he is non-verbal. I knew he could … Continue reading

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Christmas with Autistic Kid

I have not had much time for writing of late, although I do have much to say, much that remains to be written, about lifewithautistickid.  So, as Christmas draws nearer, I have decided to republish an earlier post about Christmas … Continue reading

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