Category Archives: the early years

Happy Update!

I am re-publishing this post because of a strange turn of events!  The kid mentioned below (now likely 19-20 years old) who mocked my Bird has actually approached my husband at a store and apologized and told him that he … Continue reading

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Letter to a mom

This letter was modified to keep the mothers name and child’s name from the public but the info is useful!  Please share. Hi Nancy, (not her name) First let me introduce myself.  I have a 10 year old son with … Continue reading

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autism summer school-in my basement

Les and I (with Alexis a great high school student who worked 2 days a week) were running our summer school with 5 kids, then 6 and by the end of the summer we had 15 kids in the basement! Camp was Monday-Thursday either 10am-2pm on 2 days and 11am-1pm on 2 days. It was so hard, expensive,time consuming and fun and ALL the kids benefited from coming to the house and especially Bird! Continue reading

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The battle at the gym!

I joined a gym determined to get out of the house with 2 kids who really did not want to be at home and get back into my size 8’s or even size 10 that appeared after I had my … Continue reading

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IEP Be Thy Name or nemesis no more! for now…

I went because we knew this would be a fight and boy was it ever. We were up against a principal I still thinking of as The Dominatrix largely because she acted like one and a preconceived discrimination that was popular at the time. Continue reading

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Feeding Program for Bird

Long, long ago on a not to distant dining room a Bird sat crying in his chair facing the dreaded Pizza and begging,”No Momma, please no!”

Bird was close to 4 and a half and had NO desire to eat anything other than dinosaur shaped chicken nuggets, McDonald’s nuggets, fruit or peanut butter sandwiches. One day the store was out of his specific nugget and I lost it! I was DONE catering to this ridiculous lack of variety and unhealthy choice my son (NOT THE ADULT who should make the choices) was making! I went to culinary school at the Greenbriar damn it! you will eat Chicken Saltimboco and like it! Continue reading

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Mere Friend or Foe

Days passed and Mere waited for Bird but he did not come. I think 6 days of class were missed when I got a call from Mere asking if I could bring Bird in today? I said,”No, his brother and sister has a little cold and I don’t want him to infect anyone if she is getting it as well.” She said it was okay just bring him in. I said,”No, I really don’t want to send him without seeing the room and the other kids and what goes on.” She said that is fine to come ahead. I told her I did not have a sitter and she said than bring them all. Continue reading

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