“Mom, is that true?”

My son shared an article on Facebook about vaccines causing autism and asked me, “Mom, is that true?” My son finds the written word to be the easiest form of communication, because a language processing disorder makes auditory conversation difficult. My son easily makes his thoughts and wishes known through the computer keyboard and phone texting.   My son has autism.   We often banter back and forth via social media and what begins on a forum typically continues in […]

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Autism Awareness Day

The official date for Autism Awareness is April 2nd.  I don’t need a date on the calendar to make me aware, as EVERY day I see it in the face of my 14 year old son.  Don’t think the irony of the official day being the day after April Fool’s Day is lost on me, either.  As my son drifts in and out of developmental progression and regression, I have learned to always be on my toes, like a nimble […]

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Apple/Tree = Short Fall.

When my son was diagnosed with autism a decade ago, one of the more solemn phrases to fall out of the Developmental Pediatrician’s mouth was that my boy would grow up with a serious lack of social skills and specialized interest in unusual things.  My response was, “So, I’m basically destined for a life of Star Wars conventions?”  The observation glass flexed and bowed as the student interns of the UCLA Autism Program nearly burst a collective spleen.  From the […]

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