Cindy's picture


Ewww yuck, anybody else having this lil problem mmm?

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A parents point of view

If you could share information about your child to teachers, administrators or other staff, how would this benefit your child and what would you say about this school? I'm asking because I've read many parents responses about the treatment of their child. I've also been around many collogues that I've asked this question to and they have given me a response, do I agree with them all no but I respect people and their opinions.

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Gluten-Free for 2 years

Gluten-Free.  The very words sent fear thru my trembling body.  I already had a husband with food allergies and a special diet, and I had 2 young daughters underfoot.  Then JP came along, got diagnosed with autism, and the new mantra was gluten-free.  I could not do another special diet!!    Well, I did another special diet.  What the hell-

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If I was a writer...

So many thoughts, so little time.  No, really.  They actually fly right out of my head as soon as I think them.  I was always scatterbrained, but now that I'm in my 50's, it's much worse.  If my shortterm memory was intact, I would have written a book by now.  As it is, I can write short paragraphs, maybe.

So if I had been able to write a book, it might have been titled

Autism; Got the Diagnosis and My Heart Stopped (no book, only title because I died right there)

or how about

Autism; Sweet Relief (because I thought it was much worse, like schizophrenia)

and then there's

Autism; Delayed Reaction (because I was OK initially, and had a nervous breakdown later on)

but seriously, I might have called my book

Autism; We're Going to be OK

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Handy Manny

Michael was playing with some old toy tools he has. He never really actively played with them before, but took a real interest to them today. I asked him something and he replied "No I Manny" He imitated animals, and can sorta play house, but he has never pretended to be somebody before. It is amazing how his imagination went from zero and just grows.

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I Need a Whole New Bag of Tricks

It ain't that I haven't got experience.  I have.  And it ain't that I haven't got the heart for this.  Believe me, I do.  And I got a good imagination, which counts for a lot in my book.  But when my son turned teen, the rules changed.


Teen is tough.  It's an unknown.  I hated being a teen.  Most people say "wish I could go back and be young again".  Not me; no way.  My 2 teenage daughters are often miserable.  Surly too.  So when JP turned teen-who-also-has-autism, I really lost my navigating skills. 

Double damn.

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First Joke

My son has been developing a sense of humor.  He does little things like turn the light off when his sister is in the bathroom and saying something silly in answer to a question.  Today, he told his first joke.  I don't know where he heard it, but it is cute.  The joke is as follows:  How do you dress a Walrus?  One tusk at a time.

Short, simple, but oh so cute.  I love it.  I just wonder where he heard it from.  I look forward to many more jokes from my boy.  I hope.

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Well Halloween is coming up. I decided things are just not the same, and by time Michael has kids (at least I hope that day comes) trick-or-treating will pretty much be a dud. When I was a kid there were always people handing out candy. Now it seems everybody is out but nobody stays home. And there are no haunted houses approved for kids really anymore... There is a church that is having a little party this year. I got the card sent home in Michael's school bag, and I am thinking about taking him there. He likes to run and has a hard time staying close when he is over-excited. Ma claims she can be off work by 630 and come with us, but I know something will come up and she will end up staying late.

I do love holidays because it seems like Michael does not just take them for granted like a lot of little brats out there. He really loves going out and doing things that are a big deal. He has become a little more insistant on things he wants, but he is really not a greedy kid. Like all little kids he just does not understand money issues.


What are all your plans with Halloween?

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Two good films on inclusion in the schools and autism

Now that we’re well into the academic school year, I thought it would be interesting to highlight two films that deal with inclusion in the school system in two different filmmakers stories. The first film titled Elementary Ed, by Andy Genovese and Samantha Grogin, specifically focuses on Ed Smith Elementary, located in Syracuse New York and tells the story of Daniel and Cory who are two fifth-graders on the autism spectrum.

Ed Smith Elementary carries a long-standing tradition of classroom inclusion. The film focuses on these two boys’ stories and their families, interspersing thoughtful remarks from their fifth-grade peers. It is apparent from the way the “normal” children in the classes interact with Daniel and Corey that there is a feeling of responsibility and care for those that need more attention and guidance in their classes. Ed Smith appears to be a model for inclusion, reinforcing the idea that the earlier our children can be exposed to the variety of human abilities with understanding, the greater empathy and compassion they stand to develop as they mature into adulthood.


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