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Eating in a restaurant w. autistic kid

Sometimes I am asked how do we manage to have dinner in a restaurant with Nicholas, our 10 year old very autistic child.   I get asked this from people because Nicholas has  auditory stim issues – he verbalizes almost constantly and … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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Parent Support Group

My preschool days with N were like nothing I could ever have imagined. My life had gone ridiculous on me. In a typical day, I had to do crazy things to help him cope. I would spin him (and me), … Continue reading

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Early Signs of Autism

When he was between 18 months and 2 years there was a significant change in N’s behavior. My smiling, good-natured baby became highly anxious, and unsettled. His behavior reflected this anxiety, it appeared that N was having difficulty coping with … Continue reading

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The train wreck

After we came home from Sick Kids, life did not improve. Our nightmare continued, for N did not seem to be recovering. We found ourselves swinging from terror to uneasy reassurance. When we hit the fear end of the cycle, … Continue reading

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Early Illness

My autistic son Nicholas was born December 11, 2001.  He was my third son, my other 2 boys are “normal”.   There were no complications with his delivery, he was a healthy 7.2 lbs and I had a normal healthy pregnancy. … Continue reading

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