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Caretaker Parents of Children with Autism Need a Break Now and Then

Caring for a child who has autism is the ultimate labor of love. Your child always needs you and you need to be there for your child. Yet despite your best intentions, there are recurring moments in every parent or … Continue reading

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Serendipity: Our Family’s Special Journey Through Autism

My husband and I are both practicing physicians. We are blessed with two lovely children – Raphael and Ysabell. Sometime in 2001, I decided to lay low in my medical practice and devote more time for our family. It came … Continue reading

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I Believe I Can Do Anything: Up to my graduation … and beyond

It is a lot easier said than done when I say I graduated from high school. It took some real hard work, a lot of patience, a great team of people, and a great amount of determination from my part … Continue reading

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Rewards of Friendship

Friendship is a truly wonderful thing: a unique blend of affection, loyalty, love, respect, trust, and loads of fun. Isn’t this something we all strive for? Sadly, children with autism are either unable to or struggle to develop these deep, … Continue reading

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Peer Pals

Day after day in the summer heat, Kara assumes the responsibility of painting face after face of the students with autism. Never stopping, she continues until every child has had the opportunity to participate. The children, engrossed in watching the … Continue reading

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Practical Approaches to Taking Care of Nails and Hair: Training Away Fear and Resistance

Imagine having someone come at you with scissors to cut your nails or hair. Imagine someone turning on clippers to give you a buzz cut. Imagine the metal glint of the scissors and the menacing drone of those clippers. Now … Continue reading

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Thirteen Things…

Living with your child, you don’t see the changes little by little as they happen. One day, I looked at my son, Jeremy, and realized he was already up to my chin, and that he was growing facial hair. His … Continue reading

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Sibling Strength

Mom, in class today, we read a story about a younger brother who had an older brother with special needs,” said JP, my younger son, on an early fall day last year as we drove home from school. “Wow,” I … Continue reading

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I Love You Too

Sometimes when I do something nice for my husband or compliment what he’s wearing, he flashes that slow grin and says, “I love you too.” Cocky, I think - I didn’t say “I love you.” I do love him, even … Continue reading

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Eternal Hope

As a parent of a child with autism, can you recall a particular conversation with your child’s therapist, teacher or intervention specialist when it was explained what “pairing” means relative to your child’s learning style?  I sure can. One afternoon, … Continue reading

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